By Austin Bishop
The French Camp boys and girls basketball teams did what they had to do last week, picking up wins in the first round of the Region 6-1A Tournament being played at McAdams to secure a spot in the state basketball tournaments.
Both the FCA boys and girls finished as the No. 4 seeds, falling in the semifinals and
consolation rounds. The French Camp girls were set to open the MHSAA Class 1A Girls State Basketball Tournament at Nanih Waiya on Monday, while the Panthers traveled to face Region 5-1A champion West Lowndes on Tuesday. The winners of those games play on Friday and Saturday respectively in the second round of the tournament.
The Lady Panthers opened the tourney with a 62-33 win over Montgomery County behind 28 points from Sydney Jennings and 24 from Lucy Oakes.
Thursday night’s game saw the Lady Panthers fall behind Durant 46-18 at the half on the way to a 78-28 loss. Oakes had 12 for FCA and Jennings
eight. The Lady Panthers played Ethel tough in the consolation game on Friday night, before
falling 68-66. Oakes scored 21 for FCA, while Abigail Holman and Jennings hit for 12 each.
The French Camp boys took an 80-44 opening round win over Ethel, before falling to Durant 87-76 in a hard-fought contest on Thursday and Montgomery County 65-39 in the third-place game.
Jok Nebk scored 19, Adonis Clincy 17, Isaiah Miller 14 and Maher Angelo 11 in the win over Ethel, while Nebk had 24, Angelo 19 and Miller 15 against
French Camp held a 46-45 halftime lead over Durant, but the Tigers outscored the Panthers 22-14 in the third quarter and 20-16 in the fourth to take the win.
Nebk had 20 for FCA against Montgomery County, while Miler and Angelo scored six each.