Baldwyn’s boys were never threatened by Jumpertown Friday in a 70-33 Prentiss County Tournament semifinals win.
“I thought our kids came out with the right mental approach. It’s a tournament game. If you’re not handling your situation, you’ll be one-and-done,” Baldwyn coach Jason McKay said. “We knew Jumpertown had tremendous shooters. I thought our kids did a good job of contending their shots.”
Baldwyn puts 19-0 mark on the line against rvial in tonight’s final at 7:30 p.m.
“We have a tremendous amount of respect for Booneville and how they play the game,” McKay said. “They play it the right way. It will be a huge challenge to have an opportunity to win that game.”
1,000-seat Jumpertown will be pakced
“I don’t think there’s a better place in America to play the game tomorrow night than right here,” McKay said. “I think Jumpertown has done a tremendous job hosting this thing. This is Prentiss County basketball and I wouldn’t want it anywhere else.”
As good as we’ve seen …
“They’re so good, as good a defensive team as we’ve seen,” Booneville coach Michael Smith said. “They play very hard and (McKay) the last couple of years has done as good a job, if not better, than anybody around at overcoming catastrophic injuries to two of his better players.
Baldwyn lost starters to injuries each of the last two years, Reggie Patterson and Dee Gates. Baldwyn still made the 2A finals last season.
“I don’t mean it disrespectful, but it’s almost like they never were there,” Smith said. “That’s a credit to (McKay), the kids, Coach (Raymond) Craven and the coaches and how good a job they do.”
Kenny Paul Geno had four resounding dunks in Booneville’s 84-38 win Friday.
“You don’t want to come out slow and lethargic. We hit some shots and got some easy baskets, kind of got the tempo. It’s a hard game. This tournament means so much to all these schools, just like it does us,” Smith said.
New Site going for sixth straight Prentiss title. New Site plays Baldwyn at 6 p.m., a division opponent the Lady Royals beat by 19 last week. Reigning 2A champ New Site had four in double figures in Friday’s 84-24 win over Jumpertown.
“They always play hard,” New Site coach Byron Sparks said of Baldwyn. “We want to make it where we’re hard to defend, where teams can’t key on one player. All of our kids are looking to score and they’re unselfish. Every other night we have a different kid lead us in scoring and that’s how we want it.”