SE Lauderdale, Newton Fall in MHSAA Grand Slam

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Murrah 63, Southeast Lauderdale 56
Janice Okeke had 21 points and 10 rebounds as Murrah beat Southeast Lauderdale 63-56 today in the girls semifinals of the Grand Slam Championship.

Murrah (32-1), the Class 5A state champion, will play undefeated Gentry on Saturday in the championship game of the Grand Slam, which pits state title winners against each other.

Okeke's performance offset the struggles of McDonald's All-American LaSondra Barrett, who scored nine points.

Brittany Roberts and Lucy Ruffin scored 17 points apiece for Southeast Lauderdale (36-2), the Class 3A champion.

New Hope 89, Newton 64
Rashanti Harris had 20 points and 20 rebounds off the bench to lead New Hope to an 89-64 win over Newton today in the boys semifinals of the Grand Slam Championship.

The Trojans (30-8), the Class 4A champions, will face the Aberdeen-Provine winner Saturday in the championship game of the Grand Slam, which pits state title winners against each other.

The 6-foot-10 Harris normally starts, but sat out the first 4 minutes because coach Robert Byrd wanted to try and run with the smaller Tigers.

Harris had 13 points and 12 rebounds by halftime.

Brandon Gill and Antonio Grace led Newton (35-5), the Class 2A champions, with 13 points each.


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