Falcons, Lady Falcons fall short in Myrtle tourney

Shekera Dawkins lifted the Lady Hawks in the final minutes of their game against Ingomar, leading Holly Springs to a 40-36 win.

Dawkins scored four points to bring the game within one-point, 33-32, and after a free throw by Dana Bramlitt, Kenyada Burns tied the game, for the first time, at 34.

Shelly Grisham converted on the only Ingomar basket in the fourth to put the Lady Falcons back in the lead, but Dawkins hit a three-pointer to give Holly Springs their first lead of the game. Rachel Selman followed that with a steal and lay up to extend the Lady Hawks lead and later made a free throw to secure the win.

Ingomar led throughout, going up 10-3 in the first quarter with the Lady Hawks’ first basket coming at the 2:19 mark in the frame. The Lady Falcons held a double-digit advantage, but were outscored 23-12 in the second half.

Dawkins led Holly Springs with 19 points. Shelly Grisham was the leading scorer for Ingomar with 18 points, 14 in the first half. Reid Little added 12 points.

Ripley 77 Ingomar 71 (boys)

Two standouts battled with Ripley holding a six-point edge in their win over Ingomar on Tuesday.

Acie Vance and Wesley Jumper put on a shooter’s clinic in the first half with the duo scoring 19 and 18 for their respective teams. Jumper hit a three early on to put Ingomar ahead 14-7, but Vance quickly responded with one for the Tigers. Ingomar held a 22-18 lead going into the second quarter, as Jumper scored 11 straight points, including three triples.

Vance took over in the next frame, scoring nine and helping the Tigers in a 9-0 run. Ripley would go ahead by as many as 11 in the second and would hold that lead at the break, 45-34.

Tanner McCollum made it a five-point game with his jump shot, and Steven Foster would cut the deficit to one, 54-53 in the third quarter. Battling back and forth throughout the remainder of the game, Vance helped Ripley stay in the lead with eight fourth quarter points.

McCollum once again made it a one-point game, scoring 10 in the fourth quarter, but Ripley held on for the win, outscoring the Falcons, 21-18 in the final frame.

Vance led all scores with 32 points, followed by Ron Dixon, Anfernee Rutherford and Malik Pearson with 10 points each.

 Jumper finished with 29 points, while McCollum added 20 and Denzel Siddell and Steven Foster each scored 11 points.    

Ingomar will be back in action against Wheeler on Jan. 6.