VARDAMAN – Demarius Howard scored 16 points to help the Calhoun City Wildcats get past the West Point Green Wave 54-47 to claim the Tater Tourney boys championship on Saturday.
Charlie Easley added 10 points and took a game-changing charge with one minute left in the game to help Calhoun City (15-4) grab momentum to pull away for the seven-point victory.
“I’m always telling the kids you’ve got to sacrifice something to be successful. Down the stretch we made those sacrifices and Charlie took the charge at a key point to help us edge the game out,” said Calhoun City head coach Darren Coffey.
West Point (7-7) trailed 40-35 heading into the final quarter and pulled within 46-45 on a Laquante Gaston lay-up at the 1:34 mark. Vardaman’s Dartavion Primer and Demarius Howard combined to make 3-of-4 from the free throw line to take a 49-45 lead with just over 1 minute left in the game.
Easley’s sacrifice led to a JR Jennings lay-up to put the game out of reach as the Wildcats pulled away for the win.
“We got tired and started playing a little lazy and let them beat us with some easy buckets we shouldn’t have let them beat us with, but they are a good team and did what they were suppose to do to win the game,” said West Point head coach Winston Varndo, father of MSU’s Jarvis Varnado.
Garry Hughes led West Point with 16 points; Tabarrius Coffey added 12 for Calhoun City.
(G) West Point 63, Vardaman 20
The West Point Lady Green Wave defeated the Vardaman Lady Rams 63-20 for their second-straight Tater Tourney Championship.
West Point (8-3) struggled to start the game as Vardaman (7-6) closed the first quarter on a 5-0 run to pull with 10-8 by the end of the quarter, but the rest of the night belonged to the Lady Wave. Kira Edwards and Kourtney Crowley combined for 16 points in the second quarter to help West Point race out to a 32-12 halftime lead.
Edwards led West Point with 17 while Ewing added 15 points.
Jicobe Jones led Vardaman with 8 points.