AIKEN -- The Thoroughbred Classic basketball tournament turned out to be just that for South Aiken's girls and boys team.
The girls routed Strom Thurmond 68-38 in the title game behind tourney most valuable player Tiffany Bell's 17 points and the boys knocked off Batesburg-Leesville 57-37 in the championship behind a clutch night from boys most valuable player TarenceCallahan.
Callahan pumped in a game-high 24 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to follow up a 31 point night Tuesday in the semi-final win over Silver Bluff.
In the consolation game, Blackville-Hilda's girls wiped out Midland Valley 57-34 behind two double-double performers Tamika Thomas and Katrina Coleman. Thomas had 15 points and 13 rebounds and Coleman added 14 points with 12 boards.
In the boys game Silver Bluff routed Midland Valley for the third time this season 69-53 behind a strong performance from senior guard Brandon Key, who had a game high 19 points for the Bulldogs which placed 14 players in the score book.
The South Aiken girls finished with a 9-16 mark a year ago, but haven't resembled any traces of that as they have rolled off to a 7-0 record this season behind what head coach Steve Waackhas labeled a dedication to work.
"The team has worked extremely hard together in practice," Waack said. "The difference from last year is that this team has the desire to win and they know how it feels. They can see that the hard work will pay off. They see the fruits from the labor so to speak."
Waack has gotten strong play from Bell, guard Laura Poston and forward Nicole Armstrong, who all made the all-tourney team along with Midland Valley's TabathaMcGee, Wagener-Salley's Alisha Frazier, Blackville's Thomas and Strom Thurmond's April Moore.
Armstrong added 16 points in the win over the Rebels and point guard Ashley Dyches chipped in with 14.
"Tiffany was our best player last year, but she came out struggling in the first four games," Waack added. "But now she's back to where she was and that's been the difference along with having Ashley running the point. We've still got some improvement in order to compete in our region."
The Thoroughbred boys are also off to a blazing start, improving to 6-1 with the win over the Panthers. Callahan capped a dominating tournament showing by easily penetrating the defense to score at will. Senior Norris Spann was on fire from the outside, knocking down four 3-pointers en route to an 18 point performance.
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