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BRHS sweeps Pepsi Classic

Published 1:13pm Wednesday, December 18, 2013

The 2013 Pepsi Classic was a successful one for Benjamin Russell, as the boys and girls hoops squads claimed dominant victories on their way to the tournament championships.
For the Lady Wildcats, it is their second-straight Pepsi Classic title.
In the finals, the Lady ‘Cats smothered the Central-Coosa Lady Cougars to claim the title, winning 49-31.
At one point in the game, BRHS’ girls led Central-Coosa 33-12.
Shania Tuck and Malia Kelly led a late charge for the Lady Cougars toward the end, but the scoring deficit was too much as the Lady Wildcats were able to keep the contest in control throughout the night.
Following the game, the Pepsi Classic all-tournament team was annouced.
Tuck, Kelly and Addie Phillips represented the Lady Cougars. For Dadeville, Janeisha Moss and Araven Edwards were chosen.
Amber Hardnett was the lone representative for Horseshoe Bend, and Jernika Russell, Cookie Kelley and Aaliyah Lawson landed on the squad for BRHS.
In the third-place girls’ game, Dadeville defeated Horseshoe Bend.
In the boys’ bracket, the Class 5A, No. 10 Benjamin Russell Wildcats flexed their muscles on their in-county competition, handily beating two-time defending Pepsi Classic champ Dadeville 68-40.
It wasn’t the prettiest of victories, however, as both teams became chippy with one another early in the game, a theme that continued throughout the contest.
Wildcats star guard Ronnie Stacy picked up a technical foul just 1:15 into the game as BRHS had jumped out to a 5-0 lead.
Dadeville turned momentum around to eventually take the lead, but Stacy found his shooting touch to key a run that put the Wildcats up 18-8 at the end of the first.
In the second quarter, the combative nature of the contest continued, but Dadeville seemed to be most affected by it. The Tigers missed easy shots and had many turnovers as the Wildcats continued to expand their lead.
At the break, BRHS led 41-20.
The Wildcats continued to dominate as the second half unfolded, but Stacy didn’t last long as he was whistled for another technical foul, leading to his ejection.
Thanks to Dijon Leonard and Tyrik Norris, the ‘Cats didn’t miss a beat as their second half play helped to preserve the victory.
Leonard scored 17 points, and Norris added 16 points. Stacy was the high point-man with 23.
Anfernee Jennings led Dadeville with 11 points. Jay Foster had 10.
Jennings, Foster, Stacy and Leonard each landed on the all-tournament team.
Joining them was Central-Coosa’s Quin Robbins and Tre Royal, Horseshoe Bend’s Cody Denham and Antwan Hardnett, Dadeville’s Malik Tolbert and BRHS’ Rod Hunter.