The Topsail Pirate girls were in control of the championship contest through most of the first three quarters. A shut out of the host East Columbus squad in the fourth period propelled the Pirates to a 48-26 win. This is the second consecutive East Columbus Christmas title for the Topsail girls. Tournament “Most Outstanding Player” Lauren Caveness led Topsail with 10 points. Tia Campbell was high scorer for the Gators with 11 points. Hope Freeman contributed nine points on three, three-point shots. Campbell, joined Topsail’s Sydney Hargrove, South Columbus’ Sarah Faulk and Whiteville’s Breanna McCellon on the All-Tournament team.
Brothers Bryant (South Columbus) and W.T. Edwards (West Columbus) teams met in the championship contest. W. T. picked up his first win over Bryant earlier this season in a TRC game at West Columbus. South Columbus turned the tables on the Vikings Thursday with a 55-51 victory, handing WC its first loss of the season. The Stallions quickness and ability to battle somewhat evenly on the boards were key components of the win. West Columbus shot 37 percent for the game, including just one of 13 from beyond the three-point arc.
South Columbus took the lead midway the first quarter and never relinquished it. The Stallions scored the initial eight points of the second quarter to take a 25-13 advantage and led 34-24 at halftime. West Columbus closed to 39-33 after three periods. The Vikings came within three at 46-43 with 1:58 left in the game. South stretched the advantage back to 50-43 on two Shiquan Conyers free throws and Tyquawn Johnson’s steal and layup. Tayvon Tyler’s three-point play the “old fashioned” way cut the Stallion lead to 52-50 with 43 seconds left. South Columbus was just three of six on free throws in the final seconds, but West Columbus could not take advantage.
Tournament Most Outstanding Player” Tyquawn Johnson led the Stallions with 13 points. Shiquan Conyers added 12 and Trequan Bellamy contributed 11. South’s Zack McKoy was named to the All-tournament team for his work in the paint against the taller Viking team. Jake Brownlee was held to a season-low 13 points, but pulled down 16 rebounds. Deontay Bromell led the Vikings with 14 points. McCoy and Brownlee were joined on the All-tournament team by Topsail’s Jarris Long and East Columbus’ Donovan Worley.
In the Boys Consolation contest, Topsail jumped out to a big first half lead and held off a hard-charging East Columbus team for a 67-59 win. The Pirates connected on 15 of 21 free throws in the fourth quarter. The Gators more than doubled their three quarter total with 33 final period points. Brandon Lofton and Jarvis Long each scored 14 points for Topsail. East Columbus was led by Trey Brown with 13 points, followed by Alterek Simpson with 12 and Donavan Worley with 11.