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By Brandon Speck Daily Journal JACKSON – Montgomery County doesn’t have so much as a roster on MaxPreps. That’s made it tough for Ingomar’s boys to prepare. “It was difficult trying to get information,” Ingomar coach Jonathan Ashley said. “Spent the better part of (Saturday) just working on that.” Back to school on Monday, following […]

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal MOOREVILLE – With two cold-blooded free throws, Payton McCord sent a raucous crowd into insanity and the Mooreville Troopers to their first basketball game in Jackson since 2006. With less than 50 seconds to play, the sophomore calmly drained the pair for a 53-52 win against visiting North Panola. “I […]

PONTOTOC The scorebook never talked back to him. But Pontotoc coach Chris Vandiver stared stoically at it in his office Saturday night, minutes after his Warriors were beaten in the Class 4A playoffs. He hoped the book would be traveling with the team this week to Jackson for the state quarterfinals. “We felt like we […]

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal BYHALIA – One possession can’t define a season, but it sure can hurt. Pontotoc fell one bounce shy of a Class 4A state quarterfinals trip to Jackson, losing 49-47 Saturday to visiting Byhalia. His team up two, Byhalia’s Avion Graham missed a free throw with 5.9 seconds to play. Jacques […]

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal Abby Cantrell doesn’t have time to guess what color the dress is. She’s too busy scoring points and keeping things tidy for the Hatley Lady Tigers. Her coach, Scott Carter raves about the senior shooting guard, who has at least one more game to play. Hatley (14-14) goes to East […]

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal FULTON – West Lauderdale drove three hours and played two halves of basketball while staring at a long bus ride back to Collinsville. Reigning Class 4A girls champ Itawamba AHS beat West Lauderdale 64-38 Thursday in one of a few area playoff games that got back on the finally-thawed roadways. […]

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal Every match now in the state basketball tournament is a “Loser Leaves Town” bout. For Booneville, being a loser in November is a big reason the Lady Devils are still in the ring. “We lost the first game of the year and it made a big difference in us,” Booneville […]

By Gene Phelps and Brandon Speck Daily Journal Belmont’s Lady Cardinals have spent time in the gym this week practicing, but unfortunately, not playing games. Their coach, Chris Higginbottom – like a lot of other basketball coaches around the state – can blame Winter Storm Remus for the delays of their postseason games. Belmont was […]

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal Katelyn Nunley stands a legitimate 5-foot-11. She’s been called a 6-footer, and true or not, she plays every bit of six, maybe seven, feet. Belmont’s senior is an old school, post-up player. The blonde-headed throwback isn’t scaring anyone she passes on the street, but when the ball is tipped, she […]

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal JUMPERTOWN – Along the side of Highway 4, Jumpertown is quietly tucked between basketball horses Booneville and Ripley. The Cardinals are starting to make some noise. Jumpertown defeated Smithville 57-41 on Tuesday in the opening round of the Class 1A state playoffs. The top seed gets another home game on […]