Tigers off to a good start heading into ECCC tourney

By ROBBIE ROBERTSON,

Last year, the Newton Tigers started the season on a 13-game losing streak.

This year, the Tigers are trying to start another streak in the other direction.

The Tigers won two more contests last week as they beat Morton 66-42 on Tuesday and then beat Class 5A West Point 62-52 on Saturday in Starkville.

Both Newton teams will participate in the East Central Community College Tournament. The Lady Tigers were scheduled to play Southeast Lauderdale on Monday at 7 p.m. while the Tigers were scheduled to play Choctaw Central boys on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.

Consolation games will be played on Wednesday while semifinal games will be played on Friday. Championship games will be played on Saturday. All games are being played at the Brackeen-Wood Gymnasium.

NHS boys 62, West Point 52

The Tigers traveled to Starkville on Saturday and took down Class 5A West Point with a 10-point win.

Newton jumped out to an 18-11 lead in the first period and led 31-20 at the half. West Point cut into the lead in the third period as they outscored the Tigers 16-9 to make the score 40-36 at the end of the third. But the Tigers pulled away in the fourth as they outscored the Green Wave 22-16 to take the win.

Brandon Payne led a balanced scoring attack with 14 points while Dazmeon Page, Javarious Moore and Tony Burkes each had 12 points apiece.

NHS boys 66, Morton 42

The Tigers used a quick start as they outscored the homestanding Panthers 26-9 in the first period and cruised to a 24-point lead.

After jumping out to the quick start, the Tigers led 35-19 at the half. Newton continued to pull away in the third period as they outscored Morton 13-5 in the third to lead 48-24 heading into the fourth.

Brandon Payne led Newton with 25 points while Tyler Bedford had nine points.

Newton girls 49, Morton 42

The Lady Tigers broke open a close game in the fourth period as they pulled away from the Lady Panthers to remain unbeaten.

Newton led 16-15 at the end of the first period and the game was tied at 25 at the half. After each team scored seven points in the third period, Newton outscored Morton 17-10 in the fourth to take the win and stay undefeated.

Myja McNichols led Newton with 29 points while McKinley Ware added 13 points.

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