Scores from Friday, Feb. 27

Basketball
MHSAA Tournament
Girls
FIRST ROUND
Class 1A
Biggersville 62, Houlka 37
Coffeeville 90, Tremont 54
Ray Brooks 65, Myrtle 45
West Union 70, Broad Street 48
Wheeler 52, Hamilton 44

Class 2A
Coahoma County 57, Riverside 25
H.W. Byers 60, Leland 57
New Site 91, Bruce 25

Class 3A
Belmont 75, Louisville 44
Booneville 58, Winona 20
Nettleton 44, Alcorn Central 41
Independence 59, Humphreys Co. 51

Class 4A
Corinth 77, Leake Central 57
Gentry 49, Rosa Fort 33
New Albany 52, Cleveland 42
Shannon 83, Kosciusko 64

Class 5A
Canton 46, Saltillo 23
Lanier 62, Clarksdale 38
Pearl 67, Center Hill 16
West Point 46, Ridgeland 37

Class 6A
Clinton 52, Southaven 48
Columbus 65, Hernando 47
Horn Lake 52, Greenville 31
NW Rankin 52, Grenada 45

SECOND ROUND
Class 2A
Calhoun City 62, West Bolivar 45
Class 4A
Itawamba AHS 71, Ripley 56

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Busted clock in Ingomar, courtesy the ladies

@brandonspeck

Photo from @donicaphifer

Photo from @donicaphifer

So Ingomar’s girls posted 106 points tonight on defending 1A champ JFK. JFK lost four starters from last year’s team. Yeah, great. Did we mention Ingomar starts three freshmen and two eight graders. The young pups beat JFK 106-25.

Eighth grade point guard Gara Beth Self scored 20 points. Freshman forward Mallory Russell had 18 as the Lady Falcons won their 22nd straight game.

Coach Trent Adair told @genephelps wasn’t concerned about the 106.

“We’re trying to get 32 more minutes,” Adair said.

106, 25, 22, 32.  Adair may not be concerned, but I can’t get over it!

@guntillobearcat told me not long into the season he had Ingomar as his title favorite. That’s still four games away, but that result or not, 106. Doggone, ladies!

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Scores from Thursday, Feb. 26

Basketball (Girls)
Class 1A
Ashland 101, Shaw 79
Ingomar 106, JFK 25
Vardaman 70, Jumpertown 66
Class 2A
West Bolivar 66, Coahoma AHS 54
Class 3A
Kossuth 64, Kemper County 63
Class 4A
Itawamba AHS 64, W. Lauderdale 38
Ripley 55, Yazoo County 34

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BRANDON SPECK: Board Approval: Joke that keeps on giving

@brandonspeck

Next time I’m trying to decide where I want to eat lunch, I will make my decision, then promptly wait three days for a board of five random people who share no interest in my diet to approve my decision.

A high-profile former head coach has been hired as an assistant by a prominent area football team with a brand new head coach.

I can’t tell you who. Heaven forbid the school board not get to approve it first.

So ignore the story on djournal.com, that says “pending board approval,” and completely overlook the story from WTVA. I’d bet Jim Holder is as clueless as we are. I’m sure he joins me in apologizing for not waiting on a handful of random citizens to approve a move that should require only one approval: FROM THE FOOTBALL COACH.

School boards are good for a lot of things. Having a hand in coaching hires is not one of them. Politics should never be involved in hiring a guy those guys will never have to work with. If the head coach approves, ballgame. The school board won’t be at one practice and I’d venture to say they won’t be at all the games, either.

Wanna approve teachers? Whatever. But I’ve seen boards, whose under-the-table-deals rival those of college football recruiting, do more damage than good to good football coaches.

And when we go ahead and write stories on coaching hires before you boards approve them, please accept my apologies. Twitter and Facebook apologize, too. Maybe alternative school is an appropriate punishment for insubordinate students who post the unapproved info on their social media of choice.

I’d bet head football coaches agree. They just can’t agree out loud. The board would disapprove.

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Hoop notes from Tuesday. Looking to Saturday.

@brandonspeck

The new playoff format is insanity. Still not totally sure how I feel about it, but I love the craziness and I love that some unexpected teams are gonna wind up in Jackson for the state quarterfinals.

Class 1A

Nobody sees Jumpertown coming. The Cardinals haven’t been Jackson since its coach, Bruce Padgett, played there in 1989. They have a lot of good pieces, including bigs Dalton Hanna and Tyler Moore, who tonight combined for 41 in a 57-41 win against Smithville. Saturday against Ingomar is a good one. I still like Houlka, a 76-50 winner of Tremont, to win the 1A championship.

Class 2A

Have you noticed Okolona’s sweet spot? The Chieftains beat East Union 70-55 Tuesday and get the winner of postponed Simmons vs. Potts Camp. The rest of the path is free of Baldwyn, Calhoun City and West Tallahatchie. That’s a sweet side of a bracket.

Class 3A

Lots of good stories, including Mooreville and Kossuth both moving on. Belmont’s season ended at Kemper County, a team the Cardinals beat in December’s North Pontotoc Shootout. Cards lose a ton of seniors on a team that was a blast to watch. Maybe the performance of the night, Aberdeen F Marcus Carouthers scored 40 in an 84-49 win against North Pontotoc.

Class 4A

Three in 2-4A won, Rosa Fort, Byhalia and New Albany. NA beat top-seeded Greenwood 53-52. Two of the better matchups Saturday are Byhalia at Pontotoc and Corinth at Rosa Fort.

Class 5A

Oxford is in a good spot and you need things like that to happen in playoff runs. Chargers would not see Callaway until the state championship game, if both make it to the Mar. 13 at 8 p.m.

Class 6A

I still like Tupelo’s title chances. The Wave get Southaven Saturday. Tupelo’s Antonio Green in a showdown with Southaven Ole Miss commit Terence Davis? Yes, please.

 

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Scores from Tuesday, Feb. 24

Basketball
MHSAA North half
Tournament
(First Round)
Boys
Class 1A
Coffeeville 76, Biggersville 55
Falkner 64, Hamilton 56
Houlka 76, Tremont 50
Ingomar 71, Coldwater 65
John F. Kennedy 80, Hickory Flat 64
Jumpertown 57, Smithville 41

Class 2A
Baldwyn 65, East Webster 31
Calhoun City 66, Walnut 50
New Site 73, Eupora 37
Okolona 70, East Union 55
Potts Camp at Simmons, ppd.
Riverside at West Tallahatchie, ppd.

Class 3A
Aberdeen 84, North Pontotoc 49
Humphreys Co. 107, M.S. Palmer 53
Kemper County 95, Belmont 87
Kossuth 64, Nettleton 55
Mooreville 72, South Pontotoc 59

Class 4A
Byhalia 83, Yazoo City 57
Corinth 70, Kosciusko 55
Gentry 85, Ripley 79
Itawamba AHS 50, Leake Central 47
New Albany 53, Greenwood 52
Pontotoc 59, Houston 42
Rosa Fort 84, Cleveland 67
West Lauderdale 60, Shannon 55

Class 5A
New Hope 88, Canton 59
Neshoba Central 77, West Point 62
Lanier 72, Lake Cormorant 50

Class 6A
Columbus 67, Grenada 47
Madison Central 75, Hernando 61
Southaven 50, Clinton 40
Murrah 77, DeSoto Central 67

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New Girls North Hoops Schedule

Ice has given me a headache, caused by revising this schedule. Give it a look and let me know if you see anything wrong.

Girls Revised North Tournament Schedule

Games at 7 p.m. unless noted

Today

Class 2A

Byers at Leland

Coahoma AHS vs. West Bolivar

Class 3A

Leflore County at Holly Springs

Class 4A

Rosa Fort at Gentry

Class 5A

Ridgeland at West Point

Tuesday

Class 1A

Hamilton at Wheeler, 7 p.m.

Class 2A

Walnut at Calhoun City, 6 p.m. (Walnut at Calhoun City boys to follow)

Class 3A

Charleston at East Side, 6 p.m. (Charleston at ES boys to follow)

Class 4A

Houston at Pontotoc, 6 p.m., (Houston at Pontotoc boys to follow)

Wednesday

Class 1A

Shaw at Ashland, 6 p.m.

West Union at Shelby Broad Street, 6 p.m.

Tremont at Coffeeville, 6:30 p.m.

JFK at Ingomar, 6 p.m.

Myrtle at Ray Brooks, 6 p.m.

Houlka at Biggersville, 7 p.m.

Class 2A

Eupora at Baldwyn, 5 p.m.

Bruce at New Site, 5 p.m.

Hatley at East Webster, 6 p.m.

Riverside at Coahoma County, 6 p.m.

J.Z. George at West Tallahatchie, 7 p.m.

Class 3A

Louisville at Belmont, 4 p.m.

Alcorn Central at Nettleton, 5 p.m.

Winona at Booneville, 5 p.m.

Humphreys County at Independence, 6 p.m.

Kossuth at Kemper County, 5:30 p.m.

North Panola at Ruleville, Time TBD

Class 4A

New Albany at Cleveland, 6 p.m.

West Lauderdale at Itawamba AHS, 6 p.m.

Yazoo County at Ripley, 6 p.m.

Corinth at Leake Central, 6 p.m.

Shannon at Kosciusko, 6 p.m.

Greenwood at Lafayette, 6 p.m.

Class 5A

Saltillo at Canton, 6 p.m.

Lanier at Clarksdale, 6 p.m.

Center Hill at Pearl, 6 p.m.

Class 6A

NW Rankin at Grenada, 5 p.m.

Greenville at Horn Lake, 6 p.m.

Hernando at Columbus, 6 p.m.

Southaven at Clinton, 6 p.m.

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Watch: Wild night for division finales

@brandonspeck

Mooreville won the 1-3A Tournament. I talked with coach Jim Tally after the 67-65 win against Kossuth.

“Those boys got better and better throughout the season,” Tally said. “When we started this year, I was hoping 10 or 12 wins, we’d have a good season. They just continued to grow in confidence and skill and man, we’re hosting Tuesday.”

Tally was as excited as his team was and he should be. His team has admittedly shocked him, now 18-12 with eight straight wins.

Senior Ben Seay had 22 Saturday, sophomore Peyton McCord 20, but Tally said part of the fun has been it’s someone different every night.

Mooreville hosts South Pontotoc Tuesday. The Troopers won there by 23 this season.

From 1-4A and credit Adam Gore, watch Jacques Townsend get an offensive rebound and score at the buzzer to beat Corinth, 51-49 in the title game.

In 1-4A girls consolation, video again courtesy Adam Gore, Shannon beat Corinth 71-69. Alex Stephen scored on a short jumper at the buzzer for the Lady Raiders’ winning basket in the girls consolation game.

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Scores from Saturday, Feb. 21

Basketball
Division 1-1A
Consolation
(G) Jumpertown 54, Tremont 34
(B) Tremont 64, Biggersville 55
Championship
(G) Biggersville 69, Wheeler 65
(B) Jumpertown 70, Falkner 64

Division 2-1A
Consolation
(G) West Union 63, Myrtle 29
(B) Hickory Flat 58, Myrtle 56
Championship
(G) Ingomar 45, Ashland 35
(B) Ingomar 67, Ashland 58

Division 4-1A
Consolation
(G) Hamilton 39, Houlka 29
(B) Hamilton 56, Smithville 45
Championship
(G) Coffeeville 64, Vardaman 55
(B) Coffeeville 51, Houlka 47

Division 1-2A
Consolation
(G) Walnut 57, Hatley 36
(B) East Union 62, Walnut 55
Championship
(G) New Site 51, Baldwyn 46
(B) Baldwyn 60, New Site 34

Division 2-2A
Consolation
(G) H.W. Byers 52, Coahoma AHS 28
(B) Coahoma Co. 60, Potts Camp 38

Division 1-3A
Consolation
(G) Kossuth 50, Alcorn Central 46
(B) Belmont 52, N. Pontotoc 49
Championship
(G) Booneville 54, Belmont 53
(B) Mooreville 67, Kossuth 65

Division 4-3A
Consolation
(B) Nettleton 66, South Pontotoc 62
Championship
(G) Nettleton 58, Kemper Co. 52

Division 1-4A
Consolation
(G) Shannon 71, Corinth 69
(B) Shannon 79, Itawamba AHS 77
Championship
(G) Pontotoc 57, Itawamba AHS 50
(B) Pontotoc 51, Corinth 49

Division 2-4A
Consolation
(G) New Albany 48, Rosa Fort 29
(B) Ripley 61, New Albany 58
Championship
(G) Ripley 32, Lafayette 29
(B) Rosa Fort 61, Byhalia 54

Division 2-5A
Championship
(G) Oxford 62, West Point 52
(B) Oxford 72, New Hope 69, OT

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Watch: Saltillo falls on buzzer beater

@brandonspeck

Saltillo played three games at West Point High School this season – all one-point losses.

None hurt the Tigers more than Thursday’s 54-53 loss after West Point’s Dason Thomas hit a game-winner at the buzzer. The Tigers finish the season 23-7, ranked No. 6 in the Journal’s final regular season rankings.

From @guntillobearcat, here is video of Thomas’ game-winner.

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And I stole this pic from @NationsSports. It’s West Point’s dog pile. In the blue shirt in the background is a stunned Saltillo coach Craig Lauderdale.

Nations Pic

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Saturday’s Division Tournament Schedule

 

Division 1-1A
at Booneville
Consolation
(G) Tremont vs. Jumpertown, 4 p.m.
(B) Tremont vs. Biggersville, 5:30 p.m.
Championship
(G) Biggersville vs. Wheeler, 7 p.m.
(B) Falkner vs. Jumpertown, 8:30 p.m.

Division 2-1A
at Ashland
Consolation
(G) Myrtle vs. West Union, noon
(B) Myrtle vs. Hickory Flat, 1:30 p.m.
Championship
(G) Ingomar vs. Ashland, 3 p.m.
(B) Ingomar vs. Ashland, 4:30 p.m.

Division 4-1A
at Hamilton
Consolation
(G) Houlka vs. Hamilton, noon
(B) Smithville vs. Hamilton, 1:30 p.m.
Championship
(G) Vardaman vs. Coffeeville, 3 p.m.
(B) Houlka vs. Coffeeville, 4:30 p.m.

Division 1-2A
at Hatley
Consolation
(G) Walnut vs. Hatley, noon
(B) Walnut vs. East Union, 1:30 p.m.
Championship
(G) Baldwyn vs. New Site, 3 p.m.
(B) Baldwyn vs. New Site, 4:30 p.m.

Division 2-2A
at West Tallahatchie
Consolation
(G) Byers vs. Coahoma AHS, 4 p.m.
(B) Potts Camp vs. Coahoma County, 5:30 p.m.

Division 1-3A
at Northeast CC
Consolation
(G) Kossuth vs. Alcorn Central, 9 a.m.
(B) North Pontotoc vs. Belmont, 10:30 a.m.
Championship
(G) Booneville vs. Belmont, 6 p.m.
(B) Kossuth vs. Mooreville, 7:30 p.m.

Divison 4-3A
at Kemper County
Consolation
(B) South Pontotoc vs. Nettleton, 11 a.m.
Championship
(G) Nettleton vs. Kemper County, 12:30 p.m.

Division 1-4A
at ICC
Consolation
(G) Shannon vs. Corinth, noon
(B) IAHS vs. Shannon, 1:30 p.m.
Championship
(G) IAHS vs. Pontotoc, 3 p.m.
(B) Corinth vs. Pontotoc, 4:30 p.m.

Division 2-4A
at Lafayette
Consolation
(G) Rosa Fort vs. New Albany, 3 p.m.
(B) Ripley vs. New Albany, 4:30 p.m.
Championship
(G) Ripley vs. Lafayette, 6 p.m.
(B) Byhalia vs. Rosa Fort, 7:30 p.m.

Divison 2-5A
at West Point
Championship
(G) Oxford vs. West Point, 3 p.m.
(B) Oxford vs. New Hope, 4:30 p.m.

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So, 14 Games Playing Tonight

Today’s games

Division 2-2A

at West Tallahatchie

Championship

(G) Coahoma County vs. West Tallahatchie, 6 p.m.

(B) Coahoma AHS vs. West Tallahatchie, 7:30 p.m.

Division 4-2A

at East Webster
Consolation
(G) Bruce vs. Eupora, 4 p.m.
(B) East Webster vs. Eupora, 5:30 p.m.
Championship
(G) East Webster vs. Calhoun City, 7 p.m.
(B) Calhoun City vs. Okolona, 8:30 p.m.

Division 4-3A

at Kemper County

Consolation

(G) Louisville vs. Winona, 4 p.m.

Championship

(B) Abedeen vs. Kemper County, 6 p.m.

Division 4-4A

at Caledonia
Consolation
(G) Houston vs. West Lauderdale, 4 p.m.
(B) Houston vs. Kosciusko, 5:30 p.m.
Championship
(G) Leake Central vs. Kosciusko 7 p.m.
(B) West Lauderdale vs. Leake Central, 8:30 p.m.

Division 2-6A

at Grenada

Championship

(G) Tupelo vs. Grenada, 4 p.m.
(B) Tupelo vs. Grenada, 5:30 p.m.

 

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