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Chambers Academy boys, Springwood School girls win Christmas tournament

Chambers Academy held its first Christmas basketball tournament on Saturday in honor of Peyton Lamb and to raise money for Cystic Fibrosis.

“I’m thankful for being able to attend Chambers,” Lamb said. “They all support me and comfort me in hard times.”

Lamb is a senior who has attended Chambers since she was in kindergarten.

“It’s an honor to be a part of this community and this family. They’re always there for us,” Peyton’s mother Kris Lamb said. 

Lamb was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis when she was three years old. She’s had more than 26 surgeries, and she misses school for stints because of her disease. The Chambers community has helped her through it all.

“To be able to go to the same school and not change, it’s pretty awesome for me because I go through a lot,” Lamb said. “If I had to change schools, that would be a lot of pressure. All the teachers are super great helping me make up everything.”

After graduating in May, Lamb plans to attend Southern Union Community College and will transfer to Auburn. She hasn’t decided on her major. 

The two-day tournament raised more than $1,600, all of which is going to be donated to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Alongside the game, the Lambs have been raising money to combat CF raising more than $100,000 since 2007. They started a group called Peyton’s Pals to raise awareness of the rare disease. 

Its website is peytonisyopal.com. Alongside having a way to donate to the CF foundation, the website also has a blog section that follows Lamb’s journey with CF. 

After the first day of the tournament, Chambers Academy and Springwood School each had one team in the championship game. 

The Chambers Academy boys won the boys section of the tournament, defeating Lowndes Academy 54-46. 

The Rebels were led by Payton Allen and Raphe Daniel. Each recorded a double-double, as Allen finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds, while Daniel had 15 points and 13 rebounds. 

Braxton Allen added 10 points and eight rebounds. 

The Rebels are now 7-1 on the season.

The Chambers Academy girls also won their Saturday game. They defeated LaGrange Academy 53-13 in the consolation game.

The Lady Rebels are now 5-3. 

The Rebels are back in action on Jan. 4 when they travel to Birmingham to play Heritage Christian. 

The Springwood girls won the girls section of the tournament, holding off Autauga Academy 54-49. 

Senior guard McKayla Barber led the Wildcats in scoring with 19 points. Sixth-grader Tori Patillo and junior Emily Drake combined for 21 points. Patillo had 11 points, while Drake finished with 10 points. Drake made three free throws to hold the lead.

The Springwood boys team defeated LaGrange Academy 63-38 in the consolation game. Seniors Coleman Hull and Louis Morrison combined for 32 points, scoring 16 points each. Junior Tyrese Ferguson added 13 points. 

Both teams are back in action on Jan. 7 when they host Coosa Valley.