Winchester opened the Randolph County girls basketball tournament Wednesday with a 51-49 victory over Randolph Southern at Union.
Winchester’s Jill Morrison led all scorers with 23 points, and Bailey Gates scored 20 points and had 17 rebounds for the Golden Falcons. Winchester (11-2) will play Union (11-0) at 6 p.m. today in a semifinal game. All tournament games are at Union.
“That’s the kind (of win) that we need to have,” Winchester coach Ed Geesaman said. “We need to play a really good team like Randolph Southern, and it helps our girls down the road prepare for the tournament. And playing a team (like) Randolph Southern, it just gets us better.”
Morgan Acton scored 20 points to lead Randolph Southern (10-3.) Hannah Franklin added 15 points for the Rebels, including a pair of 3-point baskets.
“It’s a tough one to lose,” Randolph Southern coach Jerimy Stephan said. “I felt like our defense in the second half was a lot better. Winchester, they’re a good team, they play hard, and they just flat-out, outrebounded us. We can’t do that. We have to box out. We can’t give them second opportunities.”
The Golden Falcons outrebounded the Rebels 41-21, led by Gates’ 17 boards. Delaney Miller grabbed 13 rebounds for Winchester.
Monroe Central (3-9) will play Union City (5-7) today in a semifinal matchup. Both teams had byes into the second round.
Monroe Central 61, Union City 44
Monroe Central pulled away in the third quarter for a 17-point win in the opening round of the Randolph County boys tournament at Union.
Monroe Central generated 23 Union City turnovers and turned the ball over 11 times. The Golden Bears (3-4) led the Indians (0-9) by seven points at halftime, but pulled away to a 17-point lead by the end of the third quarter.
“We started a little lethargic in the first half and really picked it up a notch in the third quarter,” Monroe Central coach Luke Zartman said. “Our defensive intensity increased and we were able to get some steals that led to some easy buckets.”
Chase Bly led Monroe Central with 16 points. Troy Starr scored 12 points and Jake Combs scored 11 points for the Golden Bears.
Tre Burton scored 15 points to lead Union City.
“I thought we were just giving them second-chance opportunities, giving them multiple chances on possessions,” Union City coach Dustin Baldwin said. “Turnovers led to easy baskets for them.”
Monroe Central will play Winchester (3-4) in a semifinal Friday at Union. Randolph Southern (2-6) and Union (8-1) meet in the other semifinal.