HMS basketball tourney final pairings

The Hallsboro and Central Middle girls teams continued dominating runs through the field with semi-final wins Thursday in the HMS Basketball Invitational. Central’s boys will join its girls’ team in the finals. Tabor City edged Hallsboro’s boys to earn a spot in the title game.

A 12-0 first quarter advantage spurred the Hallsboro girls to a 31-9 win over Tabor City. Harmony Somerville scored 10 points and Sanauwa Campbell contributed nine for the Tigers. Isabella Coleman scored four for the Eagles.

Trinity Smith scored nine points and Tessa Nicholson eight in Central’s girls 33-11 victory over Nakina. A 9-0 Hornet advantage in the third period put the game out of reach. Alexis Jordan scored nine points for the Mustangs.

Success from the charity stripe proved to be the difference in the Tabor City boys 21-19 win over Hallsboro. Tabor City was just 8 of 20 from the line, but was 6 of 10 in the second half. Hallsboro was just 1 of 8 for the game. Kenneth Burgess connected on two, three-pointers and two fourth quarter free throws to lead the Eagle scoring. Marvion Green led Hallsboro with six points.

Remarkably, only seven fouls were called in Central’s 32-15 win over Chadbourn’s boys. The first half saw both squads struggle offensively as Central led 12-5 at the break. Zion Wilson scored 11 points and Shaheem Shipman 10 to top Central’s scoring. Naqiis Johnson and Mekhi McCellon had four points apiece for Chadbourn.

Video clips from Wednesday’s action may be viewed on the webpage.

Friday’s championship matchups:

5:00 pm, Central vs Hallsboro Girls

6:15 pm, Central vs Tabor City Boys