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STATEMENT ROAD WIN; Tigers topple 1A elite Clay Co., first win in Celina since 2006

Tigers 59, 

Clay County 46

By Shea Haile

Courier Sports

CELINA — Last Friday night in Celina, the Gordonsville High Tigers basketball program captured an impressive and streak-ending win as the unit toppled 7A perennial power Clay County.

Big Blue clawed their way to a 59-46 victory — defeating the Bulldogs in Celina for the first time since 2006.

The Tigers last win on the Bulldogs’ home court came on November 21, 2006 in a 56-54 Gordonsville triumph. 

Gordonsville faced a 21-19 halftime deficit in the 7A showdown. The Tigers responded with a 15-8 third quarter surge and took a 34-29 lead into the final frame.

Big Blue’s lead would inflate to as much as 15 in the final eight minutes. Clay Co. would get as close as seven points at 49-42 before Gordonsville ended the game with a decisive 10-4 run. 

Sophomore guard J Foster led the Big Blue offensive attack with 23 points including 10 in the final quarter. Senior post Eli Adams was also in double figures with 10. Brodie Sykes tallied eight including a triple while James Peoples and Tristan Wood added seven apiece. Tucker Smith concluded the Tigers’ scoring with four points. 

Gordonsville improved to 13-8 overall and 4-1 in District 7A.

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