The Clay County schools affiliated with the MAIS are headed to the basketball postseason after their respective district tournaments last week.
Oak Hill girls and boys teams qualified for the MAIS Class-AA North tournament at Canton Academy, and the Hebron Christian girls and boys teams claimed spots in the MAIS Class-A North-Central tournament at Benton Academy. Both tournaments start today with full-day slates after inclement winter weather postponed opening round games.
CALHOUN CITY â The Hebron Christian Junior High Lady Eagles had a championship on their mind for the 2013-14 season.
The goal was achieved as the Lady Eagles claimed their second consecutive District 3-A junior high title with a 32-17 victory over the Central Academy Junior High Saturday night at Calhoun Academy in Calhoun City.
In the championship contest, freshmen Rebekah Falkner and Holly Hudson led the Lady Eagles with 10 and nine points, respectively. Brooke Griffin added six points in a game in which Hebron never trailed Central.
Tony Craddeth scored 18 points, Tre Williams added 17, and the West Point Green Wave (21-5; 3-2 District 2-5A) outlasted the New Hope Trojans, 74-67, in a MHSAA District 2-5A game Tuesday night at West Point High School.
Six West Point Green Wave football seniors signed their individual national letters of intent on National Signing Day Wednesday morning at West Point High School.
Aeris Williams was the main focus in the high schoolâs auditorium as the senior tailback finally inked with Mississippi State University after verbally committing to the Bulldogs in early August.
Though already verbally committed, Williams said he was still nervous when he made the announcement on the auditorium stage.
Sarah Dill scored 21 points and pulled down seven rebounds, helping the Oak Hill Lady Raiders defeat the Marshall Lady Raiders, 51-31, in a MAIS non-district game Friday night at Oak Hill Academy in West Point.
âWe shot pretty good and held their best player scoreless,â Oak Hill Head Coach Stan Hughey said. âWe ran some different offensive sets and had a good night in general. The seniors played well.â
The Oxford Chargers (16-7; 3-1 District 2-5A) kept the game close throughout the night, but it was the final four minutes of the 32-minute game that lifted them to victory over the West Point Green Wave Friday night in West Point.
âWe had the lead, and we get behind,â Oxford Head Coach Drew Tyler said. âWe overcame late turnovers, and it is a good thing to win like this late in the season. This game was a good measuring stick for our team to be able to win on the road.â
The Starkville Yellowjackets used a big offensive third quarter and a 30 of 36 performance from the free-throw line, routing rival West Point, 89-55, in a MHSAA non-district game Tuesday night on the campus of West Point High School.
âIt can be tough to come in here and put out the same effort,â Starkville Head Coach Greg Carter said. âYou have to be mentally tough and physically strong. With so much basketball left, you canât start slacking off.â
Head injuries in high school athletics, mainly concussions, have made headlines nationally and now the attention has turned to the state level.
House Bill No. 48, dealing with youth concussions in grades seven through 12 athletics, passed the Mississippi House and Senate and waits on action from Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant to enact it into law.
CARROLLTON â Drake Riley scored 15 points on six of eight shooting, and the Oak Hill Raiders grabbed a 65-45 win over the Carroll Rebels in an MAIS non-district contest Saturday afternoon on the campus of Carroll Academy.
Blake Thomas notched 13 points as Oak Hillâs second leading scorer. Curt Huffman and Drew Riley added eight points each.
Clayton Harper recorded a double-double for Carroll, with 19 points and 10 rebounds.
ABERDEEN â In the third meeting between West Point and Aberdeen, nothing much had changed between the two inter-county rivals â only the venue.
Two teams, state championship contenders in their respective classifications, concluded their regular season, non-district series with a classic finale.