| By Myra Bean
The South Panola High School basketball team met its goal with a 56-46 win over district foe Southaven Tuesday night.
South Panola (8-12 overall, 1-5 district) needed to defeat Southaven for third place in the district going into the district tournament February 13.
Southaven had defeated South Panola 50-42 on January 16.
The Tigers jumped out to a 31-5 lead at the end of the first quarter. Southaven battled back hard in the second quarter outscoring the Tigers 13-12. At the half, the Tigers till lead 25-18.
The second half was played along the same vein. South Panola won the third quarter with a 13-9 scoring drive. Southaven tried to make up the scoring in the fourth, outscoring South Panola
19-18, but the early Tiger lead had assured them of the win.
Tiger Antonio Allen scored a season high 31 points to lead in scoring.
Though Allen was the only Tiger scoring in double figures, six other players contributed to the score.
Other scorers include Rico Key, 6 points; Michael Broadnax and Kerrion Moore, 5 points each; Steven Martin, 4 points; Reagan Bailey, 3 points; and Nicholas Johnson 2, points.
The Southaven Lady Chargers turned the tables on the South Panola Lady Tigers with a 46-33 district win Tuesday night.
South Panola (10-10 overall, 3-3 district) won the first contest between these two teams 39-28 on January 16.
Southaven only led 9-7 at the end of the first quarter, but pulled away to a 25-14 lead at half time.
The Lady Tigers were never able to catch up.
Sabrina Townsend and Vetorra Cole led the Lady Tigers in scoring with 10 points each. Skylar Barnes scored 9 points.
That concluded the district games for the Tiger teams. They will be open tonight, but return to regular season action Tuesday to host Independence in the final home game of the season. Tipoff is 6 p.m.