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Winning for the seventh suc-cessive time, Winchester defeat-ed Randolph Southern 65-46 to earn a berth in Saturday’s coun-ty tourney finals against Union City at Monroe Central. Once again, the Falcons siz-zled from the field against the Rebels Thursday night at Lynn. Connecting on eight of 12 first frame firings, Winchester raced to a 21-14 lead at the first stop. Randolph Southern was hot too from the field in the open-ing quarter, canning six of 11 shots. They took the first lead of the game, as Elijah Allen found Quentin McDavid for the game-opening deuce. Winchester re-taliated with a Brooks Burelison three. Mcdavid answered with his own three-pointer. The Reb-els led 5-3, their last lead. Burelison’s second trey off a nice feed from Wayde Sickels nudged the Falcons into the lead for good. Dane Sickels followed with another three-pointer of another Wayde assist. A Cart-er Abshear 15-footer brought Randolph Southern within 9-7. However, successive baskets from Payton Sparks and Cooper McCoy stretched Winchester’s advantage to six points. The Rebels charged back, get-ting a rebound hoop from Ab-shear and a bucket from Allen. The Falcons followed with sev-en unanswered points. Sparks sparked the run with a three-point play. Dane Sickels pilfered a pass and drove to a lay up, and when Gage Patterson scored off a feed from Burelison, Win-chester led 20-11. Isiah Peters countered for the Rebels, delivering a triple. Sparks hit one of two foul shots, producing the 21-14 margin ,with the first period in the books. Wayde Sickels’ fielder gave Winchester a 28-17 lead, its first double digit lead. An Al-len three-pointer off a pass from Parker Retter made it 32-22. The Falcons scored the half’s final four markers on baskets from Paul Welch and Sparks. Win-chester led 36-22 at the break. Wayde Sickels’ three triples in the third session led Winchester to a 19-14 advantage in the third period, sending the Falcons into the final frame with a 55-36 lead. Patterson added six points and Sparks four in the period. Meanwhile, Quentin Mc-David tried to keep Randolph Southern in the game, scoring seven third quarter points. Ab-shear added four points, the last two on a thunderous flush by Abshear off a Retter delivery. Conner Wright’s three-point play gave the Rebels their last three points of the period. The Falcon’s Jameson Beshears scored six of Winchester’s 10 fourth period points. Randolph Southern also produced 10 last quarter points, with Wright pro-curing four of them. Quentin McDavid led two Rebels in double figures with 15 points. Abshear tallied 10 points and grabbed six boards, while Allen just missed twin digits with nine markers and added five rebounds. Coach Travis Stangland’s squad dropped to 2-6 on the campaign. Sparks paced three Falcons into double digits, scoring 19 points and pulling down a game-high nine rebounds.. Wayde Sickels’ produced 11 markers and recorded at least eight assists. Patterson earned 10 points and snared eight boards. Coach Dustin Baldwin’s Fal-cons (7-2) are the tourney’s de-fending champions. They will face off against the Union City Indians Saturday night around 8 pm at Monroe Central.

Game Summary

Winchester 21 36 55 65

Southern. 14 22 36 46

FALCONS--W. Sickels 4 0-0 11, McCoy 3 0-0 6, Burelison 2 0-0 6, D. Sickels 2 0-0 5, Welch 1 0-0 2, Bes-hears 2 1-2 6, Patterson 5 0-2 10, Barker 0 0-0 0, Sparks 8 3-4 19. Totals 27 4-8 65. REBELS --Retter 0 2-2 2, Peters 1 0-0 3, Allen 4 0-0 9, Quo. McDavid 0 0-0 0, W. Saylor 0 0-0 0, Wright 2 3-3 7, Que. McDavid 6 0-0 15, Abshear 4 2-4 10. Totals 17 7-9 46.

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