Up by just two points, 32-30, at halftime on Wednesday, the Ridgeland Panthers held Murray County to just 20 points in the second half and pulled away for a season-opening 65-50 victory.
Christian Battle poured in a game-high 22 points for the Panthers in the victory. Fred Norman, Jr. added 15 points. Eric Byrd finished with 12 and Markeith Montgomery picked up eight.
Ridgeland (1-0) will host Ringgold Friday night at 8:30 p.m.
The Ridgeland Lady Panthers got 18 points from Brylee Dunn and 11 from Hailey Bryant, but the visiting Murray County Lady Indians used an advantage at the free throw line to pull out a 58-50 win in the Ridgeland Thanksgiving Tournament.
The Lady Indians got to the line 17 more times in the game.
Fran King added eight points for Ridgeland (0-1), who will face Ringgold in the final day of the tournament Friday night at 7.