Ridgeway Pulls the Upset at the Penny (Hoop Fest)



What a great day of basketball was had by all on day two of the inaugural Penny Hardaway Hoop Fest at White Station High School in Memphis.


Seven games were on the docket for a packed house of basketball fans including Ridgeway who pulled off the upset by besting Montverde Academy 73-69.


Balanced scoring was the key for the Roadrunners who were led by Kordario Fleming (Ridgeway) with 16 points. Joining him in the scorebook were Cameron Golden (Ridgeway) and Adam Weary (Ridgeway) who both finished with 15 markers and Craig Hill (Ridgeway) who added 11.


Memphis Central 68

Ensworth 61

Andre Applewhite (Memphis Central) scored 25 points and snatched 12 rebounds as Memphis Central bested Ensworth 68-61 in the opener of boy's action on Saturday.


Josh Jones (Memphis Central) chipped in with 13 points while Myron Johnson (Memphis Central) added 12 in the victory.


Rising junior Corn Elder (Ensworth) led his squad with 22 points in the loss.



Memphis East 84

Our Savior New America 81

Matthew Butler (Memphis East) and Nick King (Memphis East) scored 24 and 22 points respectively as Memphis East posted the first blemish on the untarnished record of Our Savior with a nice 84-81 win in game #2.


Freshman Keelon Lawson (Memphis East) added 15 points in the victory while Earvin Morris (Memphis East) finished with 12.



Briarcrest 66

White Station 47

Austin Nichols (Braircrest), Michael Sillyman (Briarcrest) and Demarc Richardson (Briarcrest) each scored 13 points as the Saints dispatched of the host squad White Station 66-47.


A 21-9 second quarter rush pushed Briarcrest ahead for good and kept the Spartans in catch up mode for the remainder of the game.


Davell Roby (White Station) and Rod Tucker (White Station) led The Station with 11 points each. After a huge game with 28 points and 13 boards last night, Leron Black (White Station) was limited to 10 points in the loss.



Dyer County 68


Robert Hubbs (Dyer County) dropped 25 points as the Choctaws of Dyer County raced past CBHS 68-62 in afternoon action.


Hubbs led all scorers and was joined in the scoring column by Fred Yarbrough (Dyer County) with 13 and LaMarcus Mosley (Dyer County) pitched in with 12 points.


Marcus Deanes (CBHS) and Josh Bougher (CBHS) each finished with 18 points in the loss.



Oak Hill Academy 76

Melrose 71

The nation's top ranked squad got another scare as Melrose used a 36-17 fourth quarter onslaught to close the gap but couldn't quite turn the corner and fell to the machine 76-71.


Markel Crawford (Melrose) was outstanding in this game. The rising junior dropped 26 points to lead Melrose.


Davonte Hampton (Melrose) chipped in with 15 markers and sophomore Chris Jefferson (Melrose) finished with 11 points.



Chicago Simeon 73

Southwind 54

In the grand finale, Chicago Simeon made the most of their visit to the Bluff City besting Southwind 73-54.


Juwan Johnson (Southwind) had a nice game finishing with 21 points. Jonathan Williams (Southwind) added 15 markers in the loss.



This was a fantastic event that will hopefully become a national staple by adding more teams from around the country battling the powers of Memphis. Several high profile squads have been secured for next season along with the sensational crop of the finest that Memphis has to offer.