By Steve Swogetinsky

Kemper County Messenger

The Kemper County Wildcats got on the winning track as they won two of their three prep basketball games played last week.

The Wildcats opened the week with a 61-44 victory over West Point. They dropped a 39-33 loss to Philadelphia on Friday. The Wildcats came back Saturday to defeat Northeast Jones 65-56 in the Newton High School classic.

The Wildcats open their Region 5-3A schedule this week with two games. They were to visit Morton on Tuesday and Southeast Lauderdale on Friday.

“We have played a tough schedule and I believe it is starting to pay off,” Coach Daryl Osby said. “At the beginning of the season, we were young and inexperienced. But now we have some experience.

“We are learning what to do in different situations. At the end of practice, we create different situations we might find ourselves in and work on what we need to do. It is paying off.”


Wildcats 61

West Point 44

The Wildcats avenged a 51-48 loss at West Point earlier this season.

 Kemper County jumped out to a 16-9 lead at the end of the first quarter. The Wildcats outscored the Green Wave 13-12 in the second quarter to go up 29-21 at the half.

The Wildcats put the game away in the third quarter as they outscored West Point 23-11 to go up 52-32 heading into the final quarter. West Point had no answer for the Wildcats as they held on to win.

Delance Gillespie led Kemper County with 16 points. Timothy McElroy added 14 points while Qavion McClendon added 10 points. James Granger scored eight points and Devon McClendon scored seven points.


Philadelphia 39

Wildcats 33

Philadelphia slipped past Kemper County to avenge its earlier loss to the Wildcats.

In a low scoring game, the Tornadoes went up 19-17 at the half. Both teams scored 11 points in the third quarter. Then Philadelphia outscored Kemper 9-5 in the final eight minutes to take the win. McElroy led Kemper County with nine points and Quanderious Bohannon added seven.


Wildcats 65

NE Jones 44

The Wildcats jumped out to a 18-6 lead against Northeast Jones in the Newton High School classic.

The Wildcats increased that lead in the second quarter as they outpointed the Tigers 19-10 to go up 37-16 at the half. The Tigers battled back in the third quarter, outscoring Kemper County 22-15. Kemper County led 52-38 heading into the final stanza and held on for the win.

McElroy led with 24 points while Granger scored 12 points. Qavion McClendon added nine points and Gillespie put in seven.