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Roundup: DHS, MMI clinch area titles

Varsity girls: Demopolis 60, Choctaw County 23

The Demopolis Lady Tigers clinched the 4A Area 5 regular season title and home-court advantage in the area tournament with an easy road win Friday.

Shawnese Armstead led Demopolis with 14 points and was joined in double figures by center Kelli Johnson, who had 10. They were followed by Katerria Johnson with 7 points, Loreal Moore with 6, Alexandra Brock with 5, Valissa Sams and Jamsine Simmons with 4, Krystal Walker and Kierra Plaskett with 3, and Shay Smith and Alicia Arnold with 2 each.

Demopolis will play their first area tournament game Feb. 9 at 8 p.m. at home against the winner of Monday’s game between fourth- and fifth-seeded Livingston and Choctaw.

MMI 42, Warrior Academy 25

MMI wrapped up their second consecutive area title with a Monday night victory over the visiting Warrior Lady Braves.

The Lady Tigers were led by center Felicia Sprott, who finished with 21 points, a full half of MMI’s total. She was followed by Yolanda Kelley with 9 points, Emily Easley with 4, Samantha Suttles with 4, Adrienne Howze with 2, and Arielle Cochran with 2.

Warrior leading scorer Keshara Moore was the only Lady Brave in double figures, with 11 points. Porsha Knox with 5 points, Amanda Yeager with 5, Kenya Andrews with 2, and Ava Quinney with 2 rounded out the Warrior scoring.

The sixth-ranked Lady Tigers improved to 17-1 on the season. The win also means that MMI will host the AISA Class A West Area 4 tournament, both boys and girls, for the second consecutive year. Tournament play begins Thursday.

Clarke Prep 45, Marengo Academy 32

The Lady ‘Horns dropped their final game of the regular season before beginning their area tournament in Butler against Patrician Thursday.

Marengo trailed 13-4 after the first quarter and never gained much ground on the visiting Lady Gators, falling behind 25-14 at halftime and 34-20 after three quarters.

Tina Allen scored 11 points to lead the Marengo effort. She was followed by Sydney Broadaway with 8 points, Abbey Huckabee with 7, Amber Walker with 3, and Anna Edmonds with 2.

Varsity boys: MMI 75, Warrior Academy 69, OT

The eighth-ranked Tigers overcame a 38-point effort from Warrior’s JaMichael Rivers to post their second overtime win over the Braves this season.

The two will be heavy favorites to clash a third time in finals of this week’s the AISA Class A West Area 4 tournament.

Kendric Moore and Jovaris Smith each scored 28 points to lead the Tigers. They were followed by Wendell Crews and Sam Greene with 8 points and Jerome Smith with 3.

In addition to Rivers’ 38, Warrior received 9 points from both Robbie Gray and Trenedy Bolden, 8 points from Jamey Donaldson, and 5 points from Ferris Williams.

Clarke Prep 60, Marengo Academy 54

The Longhorn boys will enter their all-important area tournament game against South Choctaw Academy Thursday on a down note after falling to a Clarke Prep team they had defeated Dec. 5.

Marengo led 28-25 at halftime and 43-39 entering the fourth quarter, but gave up 21 points in the final eight minute to lose by six.

Jacob Harris led the Longhorns with 16 points, followed by Randy Martin with 12, Josh Dunn with 9, Thomas Fultz with 6, Trey Rowell and Kyle Stephens with 4, and Chris Whitaker with 3.