Area teams compete in the Hotbed Classic
West Union opened the annual Kiwanis Hotbed Classic with an exciting game against Kossuth. Despite the efforts of RJ Coleman, the Eagles dropped a 57-55 contest, with the senior leading all scorers with 23 points.
Coleman helped the Eagles jump out to a 10-point lead, 22-12, after the first quarter, scoring 12 points. Down 9-4 in the frame, the Eagles outscored Kossuth, 18-3, and Tyler Wooley made it a double figure lead with his three-pointer at the end of the quarter.
The Aggies took the lead briefly in the second quarter, but West Union stayed in front, 36-32, at the half.
Coleman gave the Eagles its final lead on a three-point play in the third, but the Aggies outscored West Union, 24-18, in the second half to hold on for the win.
After Coleman’s 23 points, Wooley finished with 11 points for West Union.
Marshall Academy 82 East Union 48
The Patriots hit 12 three-pointers en route to its win over the Urchins in the second game of the Hotbed Classic.
East Union led early, 11-4, but the Patriots closed the frame on a 10-0 run to lead 14-11. That run carried into the second quarter, with Marshall Academy scoring the first 10 points to lead, 24-11. The Patriots led 38-18 at the half, and Brad Bennett led all scorers for the game with 26 points. Peyton Lewis and Dakota Dailey each had 16 points as well for the Patriots.
D.J. Armstrong led the Urchins with 21 points.
Myrtle 60 North Pontotoc 50
Robert Montgomery led the Hawks to a 10-point win over the Vikings, leading all scorers with 25 points.
North Pontotoc held a three-point advantage after the first quarter, but were held to single-digit scoring for the next two quarters, with Myrtle leading, 41-28, after the third quarter.
Keon Hampton scored 17 points for the Hawks, while Ben Shannon led the Vikings with 16 points, followed by Marcus Green with 13 points.
Amory 68 Ingomar 60
In a game that featured a former Falcon coaching against his alma mater, Amory held on for the eight-point win over Ingomar, led by 23 points from Devin McIntosh.
Amory led 36-22 at the break, but held on for the win despite Ingomar outscoring the Panthers, 38-32, in the second half.
Henry Foster led Ingomar with a game-high 28 points, followed by Devonte Williamson with 15 points and LaQuain Foster with 12 points.
Desoto Central 81 New Albany 67
In the final game of the Hotbed Classic, the Bulldogs dropped a 14-point decision against Desoto Central, 81-67.
Eric Chaney led the Bulldogs with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Desoto Central led at the half, 46-28, en route to the win.
William Harding followed Chaney with 14 points, and Jarel Lipsey scored 13 points for the Bulldogs.
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