KINGSTON — Mariah Gunter led Tishomingo with 13 points as the Indians won the Kingston New Year’s Classic championship over Latta 42-37 on Saturday.
Tishomingo led by 10 at the half, but Latta refused to go away, chipping away throughout the second half before the Indians locked down on defense, holding Latta to just four points in the fourth quarter.
“We played really well the last two nights and got out to good leads both time but we had to fight and hold on,” Tishomingo coach Boyd Houser said. “We played good defense late, but I think we may have run out of gas.
“That was a big win for us.”
Infiniti Cheadle added 10 points for the Indians. Gunter and teammate Destiny Justus were named to the All-Tournament Team.
Madill’s Kaylen Sweat was named tournament MVP.
Tishomingo 65, Madill 61
KINGSTON — Tishomingo had to hold off a courageous rally from Madill to advance to the Kingston New Year’s Classic final.
Trailing 44-29 at halftime, Madill surged back through Kaylen Sweat and Haley Furr, who scored all but two of the Wildcats’ points in the second half.
After Sweat’s third 3-pointer of the fourth quarter put Madill ahead 61-60, Tish was able to ice the game from the line. Mariah Gunter hit 4-of-4 in the closing minute and Chealsea Wilkinson added 1-of-2.
Sweat scored 28 points — 22 in the second half — and Furr had 18 for Madill. Destiny Justus led Tish with 19 points, including three 3-pointers.
Gunter had 14 points, hitting 11-of-12 from the stripe. The Indians converted 19-of-22 from the line as a team.
Latta 42, Kingston 29
KINGSTON — Latta’s lockdown press kept Kingston from breaking double digits in any quarter Friday, as the Panthers advanced to the Kingston New Year’s Classic championship.
Latta led 24-11 behind its defense. Only four Kingston players managed to score in the semifinal.
Sabrina Slatton led Kingston with 11 points and Macey Bayles added nine. Anna Wood paced Latta with 11 points.