KINGSTON - The Silo Rebels emerged as the only Bryan County Conference team to gain a victory Thursday in day one of the Kingston New Years Classic.
And even that was a struggle.
Silo (No. 11 in Class 2A) edged un-ranked Tishomingo 49-46 thanks to a 16-9 fourth quarter run. Kendall Shives scored 10 of his team-high 24 points in the final frame.
“We didn’t have any other kids who did their job,” said Rebels Coach Dax Simon. “We just hung around and were fortunate enough to get a win. Trenton (Long) got us a big rebound that gave us a couple of extra shots to win the game.”
Silo held a meager 21-19 lead over the Indians at halftime, and were outscored 18-12 in the third and trailed 37-33 going into the final eight minutes.
Silo (10-2) will play a tough Atoka team at 8:20 p.m. Friday in the tournament semifinals. Winner plays in the championship at 8 p.m. Saturday in Kingston; loser is forced into a 5 p.m. Saturday game for third place.
Atoka girls 55 Silo 33
The Wampus Cats raced out to a 21-2 start and continued to climb with a 31-10 halftime lead in an eventual 22-point win over the Lady Rebels on Thursday.
The loss pushes Silo into a 1:40 p.m. Friday consolation bracket game against Rock Creek in the Kingston New Years Classic.
The loss comes on the heels of a Silo victory over Coalgate earlier in the week. On Thursday, Mary Grider led the Lady Rebels with 16, Karissa Marshall had seven and Riley Newton scored four to round out the leaders.