CHS tops Tylertown 54-47 Friday

By CHARLIE SMITH,

Columbia moved into a tie for first in Region 8-3A with a comeback 54-47 win over rival Tylertown Friday night.

The Wildcats are now tied with Tylertown at 6-2 in district with two games to play.

CHS got off to a slow start on its home court and trailed 27-23 at halftime. But the Wildcats put on a clinic in the second half, led by star TJ Monroe.

With the game tight a few minutes into the fourth quarter, the senior drilled a corner three, followed quickly by a drive down the left side and a two-handed jam. Seconds later Monroe knocked down another three to put Columbia up 48-39 with 4 minutes left, essentially sealing the victory.

The Wildcats will play at Wesson Monday night before concluding the regular season at home against Seminary, who is also at the top of the region standings.

Earlier Friday, the Columbia girls fell 61-22 to Tylertown, which is the top team in the region.

Caption: Columbia's TJ Monroe reacts after knocking down a big three-pointer in the fourth quarter Friday against Tylertown.

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