By NEMS Daily Journal
WEST POINT – The Oxford boys put their faith on the line at the end of Friday night’s Division 2-5A championship game, and it was rewarded.
The Chargers made 12 of 15 free throws in the final period to provide the winning margin in a 7-61 victory over host West Point. Justin Fondren scored 19 points and DeShaun McNeal 18 to lead Oxford, which will be home Tuesday against Clarksdale to open North tournament play..
“We pulled the ball out in the final period, we were in the bonus, and they kept fouling us and sending us to the line,” said Oxford coach Drew Tyler. “That’s where we won it.”
Daryl Thomas scored 14 points for West Point.
In the girls championship game, West Point defeated Oxford 67-54.
– At Jumpertown, Biggersville and Wheeler will play in a pair of championship games today, starting with the girls at 7 p.m.
On Friday, Biggersville’s girls edged Pine Grove 43-42 as Addison Henson scored 21 points and Deara Gardner scored 18. Pine Grove, which led 33-28 after three periods, for 17 points from Bryana Davis.
On the boys side, Biggersville topped Falkner 77-47 as Darnell Turner scored 23, and Wheeler beat Thrasher 75-41 as Daryl Barefield scored 21.
– In games at West Lowndes, both Bruce teams advanced to tonight’s finals.
The Bruce girls (17-8) beat the host team 67-34 as Jasmine Hampton scored 12 points and Morgan Vickery added 11. They’ll will face Hatley, which edged Calhoun City 47-44.
The Bruce boys (16-5) beat the host team 91-71 as Devin Tillman scored 26 points and Jarvis Tillman added 20. Bruce will face Calhoun City, a 73-43 winner over East Webster, in the nightcap.
– In Kosciusko, Louisville led 28-8 after one and got a game-high 16 points each from Tajh Ford and Jamereo Echelberger to beat Amory 76-57. Dario Robinson had 12 for Amory. Justin Lackey and Devin McIntosh had 10 each.
Delays in 2-4A
– The Division 2-4A tournament at Center Hill was delayed again Friday by travel issues. The semifinals will be played today, including the Lafayette girls against Center Hill at 6 p.m. The tournament will conclude on Monday.