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Panthers win tourney title

Georgiana won the Straughn Christmas Tournamet. Pictured are, standing from left to right, coach Kirk Norris, Kaleb Hamrac, Carlo Mitchell, Mikal Grace, Rodney Cheatham, Devin Bonner, Cameron Matthews, Rickey Everett, Justin Oikle, Matt Campbell, Rahkeem Hugler and Adrian Rich. Kneeling, Keon Binion, Latrell Seals, Lee Curry, Ja'Michael Stallworth, Jay Williams, Devin McMeans, Travales Smith, Trey Brockman and Sarretta Bogan. (Submitted Photo)

GEORGIANA — No. 10 Georgiana School defeated New Brockton High School 72-32 Saturday to claim the Straughn Christmas Tournament title.

“Winning an early season tournament is great for your team’s confidence, but like any other win, you have to enjoy it that night and then put it behind you and focus on the next game,” Georgiana head coach Kirk Norris said.

The Panthers (7-2) breezed to the tournament title by defeating Red Level 72-50 and Straughn 53-38 before topping New Brockton in the championship game.

Three Panthers were named to the all-tournament team, including Adrian Rich, who was named tournament MVP. Lee Curry and Rodney Cheatham also earned all-tournament team honors.

Rich paced Georgiana’s offense in its championship game win with 19 points. Curry added 13 and Cheatham added eight points and 11 assists.