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PREP BASKETBALL: Tigers, Lady Indians end tourney with wins

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Here is a look at Thursday’s consolation games in the 64th annual Rome News-Tribune/Seven Hills Rotary Christmas Tournament:

Darlington boys 61, Calhoun 54

A 24-9 fourth quarter propelled the Darlington Tigers ahead of a physical Calhoun team Thursday at Berry College to give first-year head coach Bradley Pierson his first Christmas Tournament victory, 61-54.

Calhoun had used some timely shooting to take a 45-37 lead after three quarters in the consolation game, but Darlington’s JD Hull scored 10 of his team-leading 16 points in the final eight minutes, including completing a pair of three-point plays at the foul line.

Darlington (4-2) got work from Andrew Land and Barrick Wade on the outside as Land finished with 13 points and Wade had nine. Both Tigers had three 3-pointers, and Land scored eight of his points in the fourth period.

Davis Allen led Calhoun (1-4) with 26 points, including three 3-pointers. Chase Goble was next with nine points and two 3’s. The Jackets went 8-of-20 at the line.

Armuchee girls 46, Woodland 36

Armuchee’s girls bounced back from a tough loss to Rome to get a win over Woodland on Thursday in a consolation game at Georgia Highlands College.

Armuchee (8-4) was in the lead the whole time and, although the game was competitive most of the time, the winner was never in doubt as the Lady Indians won comfortably 46-36.

Whitney Harris put up 16 points in a valiant effort for the Lady Wildcats, but Woodland had no answers for Armuchee senior BrandyAnn Wacker and her game-high 23 points, which included four 3-pointers.

Armuchee’s Katie Shinholster added 10 points for the Lady Indians, while Cartersville’s Madgie Robinson finished with 11.

Armuchee was up 22-11 at the half and extended their lead to 16 at the end of third quarter as Wacker accounted for eight of her points in the period.

The fourth quarter was much of the same, as the Lady Indians were victorious.

Sports Editor Jeremy Stewart and correspondent Jay Hawkins contributed to this report.