BOYS ROUNDUP: Nichols scores 34 in Booneville’s 3A win

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Jack Nichols scored 34 points and Joseph Caver added 16 to lead Booneville to a 65-48 victory against Charleston in the opening round of the North Mississippi 3A Tournament.

“(Nichols) was very smart with his shot selection and did a great job moving without the ball,” Booneville coach Michael Smith said.

The Blue Devils took a 31-18 halftime lead, then outscored Charleston 21-12 in the third quarter to take a commanding 22-point advantage into the final quarter.

“We were very efficient on both ends of the floor and limited them to one shot,” Smith said. “Offensively, almost every trip we got the shot we wanted. These kids have done a tremendous job.”

Aberdeen 106, Humphreys County 41: At Aberdeen, the Bulldogs locked up the host berth for the remainder of the North half tournament, scheduled for Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Belmont 77, Independence 69: At Belmont, Luke Alexander scored 24 points and Harrison Fancher scored 21 to lead the Cardinals.

North Panola 70, North Pontotoc 50: At Sardis, the Vikings saw their season come to an end.

CLASS 5A

West Point 77, Lake Cormorant 51: At West Point, the Green Wave clinched a host berth for the North Tournament semifinals and finals with its victory. West Point will play Jackson Callaway in Friday’s 7:30 p.m. semifinals.

Center Hill 65, Oxford 61: At Center Hill, the Chargers, whose season ended, led in this game by 11 points at one point.

CLASS 4A

Shannon 74, New Albany 67: Xzavier Jones scored 25 points to lead the Red Raiders into the quarterfinals, scheduled for Thursday at Pontotoc.

Corinth 81, Lafayette 50: At Corinth, post player Raheem Sorrell scored a game-high 20 points to lead the Warriors to their first-round win.

CLASS 2A

Baldwyn 54, West Tallahatchie 47: At Baldwyn, Duke Upshaw scored 16 and Conner McKay 13 to lead the Bearcats.

Bruce 46, West Bolivar 50: At Rosedale, Bruce’s Donta Armstrong scored the go-ahead field goal in the final minute to lead the Trojans.

Calhoun City 76, Riverside 57: At Calhoun City, the Wildcats, behind 15 points from Ladavius Draine, cruised into the quarterfinals scheduled for Thursday at New Site.

CLASS 1A

Coldwater 83, Houlka 52: The home team scored 49 points in the second and third quarters.