For the second straight season, Edgewood’s basketball teams traveled to Lanett to compete in the annual Springwood Thanksgiving Classic. Both teams came out with a 1-1 record before taking the rest of the week off and resuming play at home Monday against Lee-Scott.

The Edgewood girls team (2-1) jumped out to a 19-11 halftime lead in the opener against Calvary (Georgia) then got 17 points in the second half from Lindsey Brown as the Wildcats pulled away with a 43-24 victory. Madison White was the only other Edgewood player in double figures, scoring 10 points, while Emma Weldon knocked down two 3-pointers and finished with eight points.

The Wildcats moved on to the championship but could not get past the hosts as they fell to Springwood 49-38 to take home the runner-up trophy. Brown continued her strong tournament with a game-high 20 points, including going 9-of-10 at the free throw line. 

The boys team (1-2) could not make up for a poor third quarter and lost to Calvary 61-51 in the first round. The Wildcats scored just seven points in the third quarter and they could not make up the gap in the final eight minutes.

Kam Burleson made four 3-pointers and tied Kaleb Varner for a team-high 14 points in the loss. Robert Stewart added 12 points but Edgewood got only two points from its bench.

Edgewood responded well with the help of a season-high 27 points from Varner, which included nine points in the opening frame. Burleson added three more 3-pointers as the Wildcats jumped out to an early lead against Springwood and finished off the 60-43 victory in the third-place game. 

Caleb Turrentine is a sports writer for Tallapoosa Publishers Inc.