March Madness has come early, as the the Rosa Fort basketball teams have played six games in 10 days time. (More recaps next week.)
On Nov. 6, both teams kicked off the season. The Lions delivered a 79-77 win over West Tallahatchie after an exciting overtime.
The boys trailed 11-18 in the first and were behind 29-36 in the third. They were down 45-51. The Lions rallied in the fourth, posting 24 points to West Tally’s 18. A shot by Tevin Bingham at the end of the fourth quarter sent the Lions into overtime, where they bested their challenger.
LaBarron Collins led scoring with 19. Rodney McKay followed with 18. Benardrick McKinney and Bingham followed with 10. Johnathan Ankston and Billy Jackson each posted eight. D’Anjelo Johnson posted four and James Bridges rounded out scoring with two.
In Lady Lions action, they defeated Corinth 67-59. The Lady Lions trailed Corinth 16-19 at the end of the first, but came back in a big way in the second. At the half, they led 32-30.
The girls in green kept the momentum going in the third, posting 19 to Corinth’s six. Corinth came back with 23 to RFHS’s 16, but the Lady Lions help on to the win.
Marynica Smith led scoring with 21. Artisha Harris and Anna Brown each pitched in 10. Shara’Beya Mosbey had seven. Shacola Oliver had five. Adrianna Crawford posted four. Latashia Partee, Sharhonda Vaughn and Laquanna Williams each had three. Kasey Hamp had one
Both teams then took part in a tournament hosted by Coldwater High School. The Lions beat West Tally 85-53.
Collins led scoring with 22. Ankston and Dedrick Westbrook were next with 14 each.
The Lady Lions fell to West Tally 57-61.
Brown and Vaughn shared the led scoring duties with 17 each.
Lady Lions Head Coach Robert Leflore said the girls have been sluggish, but lately the seniors have “gotten right.”
Lions Head Coach Fred Steele said the season is going well, so far and expects his team to be “pretty competitive this year.”
The Lions will play an exhibition game against Coldwater on Wednesday, Nov. 24 at the Fed Ex Forum. Tickets are $15 and are also good for the Grizzlies game against the Pistons.