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Pepsi Classic success

Published 2:32pm Tuesday, December 11, 2012

The Dadeville High School boys and the Benjamin Russell High School girls claimed bragging rights within Tallapoosa and Coosa counties for another basketball season by winning the Pepsi Classic this past weekend at Dadeville High School.
The Tigers defeated Benjamin Russell in their opening night match-up Friday night and went on to defeat Central-Coosa 69-55 on Saturday in the boys championship game.
Terry Toler led all scorers for Dadeville, while Xavier Moon continues to wow fans with another over-30 point scoring effort.
Moon finished with 33 points in the championship game and is averaging 32 points per game this season.
The Horseshoe Bend boys defeated Benjamin Russell in the consolation finals, giving the Generals a third place finish and the Wildcats the fourth place spot.
On the girls side, the Lady Wildcats topped Dadeville on Friday and went on to defeat Central-Coosa in the championship Saturday afternoon.
Benjamin Russell was led by junior Aaliyah Lawson and sophomore Chloe Owens in the Friday victory over Dadeville, while Lawson and junior center Jernika Russell took over in the championship win over the Lady Cougars.
“Overall, I think it was a great tournament for local fans to come out and support the local teams,” said tournament coordinator and Dadeville boys head coach Rodney Taylor.
“(Dadeville) played Benjamin Russell Friday night and that drew a big crowd and Moon put on a show for the fans Saturday.”
Benjamin Russell head girls coach added some of the same regarding the showing of his girls squad.
“We got good games from numerous girls and our team is starting to learn what they need to do to win games,” BRHS head girls coach Ron Rowe added.
“(Owens) has realized that she has to be a leader from the point guard position and (Russell) really took over in the second half of the Dadeville game and the entire Central-Coosa game.”
Both Benjamin Russell boys and girls teams will host Auburn High School tonight at the BRHS gymnasium, while Dadeville will host Central-Clay and Horseshoe Bend will host Lanett in New Site.