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Prep basketball: Sicily Island tops Monterey for tourney title

HARRISONBURG, La. — The Monterey Wolves led Sicily Island by seven points and were just eight minutes away from leaving the Harrisonburg Tournament with the boys’ championship trophy.

However, the Tigers had other ideas as they went on a tear from the field in the fourth quarter. Sicily Island ended up outscoring Monterey 29-13 in that quarter to end up with a 62-53 win Saturday afternoon.

Monterey looked like it was well on its way to taking the boys’ title game after jumping out to a 14-9 lead after one quarter of play and then scoring 19 points in the third quarter en route to a 40-33 lead. That was until Sicily Island rallied when it mattered the most.

Dillon Smith led Monterey with 16 points and Hayden Cassels added 13 points. The Wolves (12-3) play host to Dodson Tuesday night.

The Wolves advanced to the championship game with a decisive 60-41 win over the Kilbourne Hawks early Saturday afternoon in a semifinal game. Cassels led Monterey in scoring with 20 points and Kade Passman scored 19 points.

Silliman Institute girls 47, WCCA 26

CLINTON, La. — Ashley Hurst led Silliman Institute with a game-high 24 points as the Lady Wildcats rolled to a 21-point win over the Wilkinson County Christian Academy Lady Rams Saturday afternoon.

Silliman had its way with WCCA on both ends of the court in the first and third quarters. The Lady Wildcats jumped out to a double-digit lead during the first quarter and led the Lady Rams 18-4 at the end of that quarter. Silliman then outscored WCCA 15-4 in the third quarter to lead by 25 points at the end of that quarter.

Brandi Norwood led WCCA with 14 points. The Lady Rams fell to 1-6 and begin MAIS District 6-A play Friday night at Tallulah Academy.

Silliman Institute boys 43, WCCA 21

CLINTON, La. — Riley Sones finished with 12 points and Wesley Hoover added 10 points as the Silliman Institute Wildcats easily defeated the Wilkinson County Christian Academy Rams Saturday night.

WCCA had a difficult time getting shots to fall in each of the first three quarters and by the time the third quarter was over, the Rams trailed Silliman 33-8. Dra Tolliver led the Rams with seven points and Jaylen Washington had six points.

WCCA (0-3) returns to action Friday night in a District 6-A game at Tallulah Academy.