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Prep roundup: Wesleyan captures Gulf Shores crown

NAPLES, Fla. - Howard Thompkins scored a season-high 36 points and pulled down 15 rebounds to earn tournament MVP and lead Wesleyan to its fourth win in four days. The Wolves beat host Golden Gate 76-69 on Friday to win the Gulf Shores Shootout in Naples, Fla.

The Wolves (11-2) trailed 19-12 at the end of the first, but started the second quarter on an 11-0 run and finished the half tied with Golden Gate at 31. The Wolves never trailed Golden Gate (11-2) in the second half.

Tanner Smith scored 10 points and dished out eight assists, while Brett Bufton had seven assists to go with his 10 points. Erik Strong also scored 10 points and was named to the all-tournament team with fellow sophomore's Smith and Thompkins.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Norcross 65, Blair Academy (N.J.) 56

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Led by Jodie Meeks' 29 points, Norcross beat Blair Academy down the stretch and advanced to the championship of the Bojangles Shootout with a 65-56 win on Friday in Charlotte, N.C.

Norcross (12-1) was down four points going into the fourth quarter, but outscored the New Jersey school 21-8 in the final eight minutes of the semifinal matchup.

Gani Lawal scored 17 against Blair Academy, which has three Division-I signees on its roster. The Blue Devils play for the title against Our Savior New American at 9:15 tonight.

Stone Mountain 81, Meadowcreek 61

ATLANTA - Stone Mountain's boys defeated Meadowcreek 81-61 on Friday in the Peach State Holiday Classic at Morehouse College.

Chris Allen led the Mustangs with a game-high 26 points to go along with 12 rebounds and three steals. Meadowcreek (10-5) also got 16 points and nine rebounds from Antione Bolden.

GAC 68, Westminster 62

ATLANTA - Greater Atlanta Christian had four players score in double figures and the Spartans (9-5, 3-1) defeated host Westminster 68-62 at its Christmas tourney.

Wade Weldon, who was named to the all-tournament team, led GAC with 18 points. Reece Wiedeman had 16 points and 11 rebounds. Taylor Wood added 14 points and Brock Bennett scored 13.

Franklin County 60, Loganville 55

WATKINSVILLE - Justin Pitts scored 12 points, but Loganville fell 60-55 to Franklin County on Friday in the Sweet South Classic.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Collins Hill 48, Providence Day School (N.C.) 45

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Maya Moore scored 18 points to lead Collins Hill over Providence Day School 48-45 on Friday in the semifinals of the Bojangles Shootout, but it took a late arrival to put Collins Hill over the top.

Shantell Black finished the game with 10 points, entering the game in the second quarter after returning to Charlotte from a funeral that she attended in New York the same day. Black's presence at the point stabilized the team and help to pave the way for Moore to sink two free throws with four seconds left that put the game on ice.

The Eagles play today at 7:30 p.m. for the title against Riverdale Baptist School (Md.). Riverdale beat Redan 66-31 in the other semifinal.

Freedom (N.C.) 49, Grayson 43

MORGANTOWN, N.C. - Grayson fought back in the fourth quarter, but fell to host Freedom High School 49-43 on Friday in Morgantown, N.C.

Adrianne Griffith and Michelle Quinn each scored 17 points for the Rams (5-7).

Grayson was down 15 in the fourth and closed the gap to five points, but got no closer. The Rams play Forsyth Country Day (N.C.) for third place in the tourney tonight at 6:30.

Norcross 65, Flowery Branch 55

WATKINSVILLE - D'Andra Moss had 32 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Norcross girls to a 65-55 win over Flowery Branch in the Sweet South Classic at Oconee County.

Jasmine Godwin had 22 points, nine rebounds and five assists for the Blue Devils and Tiffany Clarke added six points and 13 rebounds.

Shiloh 41, Chattanooga Christian 35

WATKINSVILLE - Shiloh had four players score in double figures to lead the Generals to a 41-35 win over Chattanooga Christian and a fifth-place finish at the Sweet South Tournament on Friday.

Courtney Strauthers led Shiloh (10-4) with 13 points. Lauri Cowart had 10 points and 12 rebounds, while Caneisha Bell had 10 points.

Central 56, Riverdale 44

MADISON - Amber Kirkpatrick scored 17 points and Ashley Taylor added 13 as the Central Gwinnett Black Knights defeated Riverdale 56-44 in the third-place game of the Sweet South Classic in Madison.

Dria David added 10 points for the Black Knights.

WRESTLING

Mill Creek places eighth

FAYETTEVILLE - Mill Creek had two wrestlers place in the top five at the Fayette County Tournament on Friday and took eighth place on Friday.

Bobby Lewis placed first in the 119-pound division and Jacob Hale was fifth in the 140-pound weight class.

SWIMMING/DIVING

Collins Hill, Wesleyan split

NORCROSS - Collins Hill and Wesleyan split a dual swimming and diving competition on Friday morning at Wesleyan. The Collins Hill boys beat the Wolves 169-136 while the Wesleyan girls beat the Eagles 158-147.

Sisters Caitlin and Meg Reynolds led the Wesleyan girls with two first-place finishes each in individual events. Caitlin won the 200 freestyle in 1 minute, 53.52 seconds and was first in the 500 free in 5:03.53. Meg was first in the 50 free (25.61) and the 100 free (55.50). The Wolves also got girls wins from Jenna Worsham in the 200 individual medley (2:20.79), Alex Bufton in the 100 backstroke (1:03.22) and Abby Nelson in diving (176.25).

Joseph Strauss, Jordan Wacker and Nat Emmett were all double-winners for the victorious Collins Hill boys. Strauss won the 200 IM (2:13.71) and the 100 breaststroke (1:10.49), Wacker won the 50 free (22.91) and the 100 back (58.80) and Emmett won the 100 butterfly (55.59) and the 500 free (5:06.79). Jordan Horsley of Collins Hill won in diving with a score of 267.25.

The Wesleyan boys were led by race winners Lawrence Buckley (200 free, 1:55.94) and Greg Gossett (100 free, 52.59). Collins Hill's first-place finishers in girls action were Erin Dobeck in the 100 fly (59.99) and Mollie Powers in the 100 breast (1:12.37). Wesleyan won five of the six relays. Collins Hill's only relay win was the boys 200 medley (1:49.46). The Wolves' relay wins were girls 200 medley (1:55.57), boys 200 free (1:36.74), girls 200 free (1:46.15), boys 400 free (3:35.04) and girls 400 free (3:49.71).

- Compiled by Jay Black