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By Gene Phelps Daily Journal RIPLEY – Tori Mallory is the go-to player for Itawamba AHS – but when you stop her, watch out for Bree Stewart. Mallory scored 28 points Friday to lead the defending state champion Lady Indians to a 71-56 second-round victory against Ripley in the MHSAA Class 4A Basketball Championships, but […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal INGOMAR – Ingomar ran its winning streak to 22 games Thursday with a smashing 106-25 victory against defending 1A state champion Mound Bayou JFK. The streak, however, is “irrelevant” says Lady Falcons coach Trent Adair. “That’s not our goal,” said Adair, whose young team hasn’t lost a game since Dec. […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal The remaining first-round games of the MHSAA girls basketball playoffs postponed Monday and Wednesday because of Winter Storm Remus are expected to be played today. Most of the boys’ first-round games were played Tuesday. A few were rescheduled for today. Some girls teams, including Itawamba AHS and Ripley, were able […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal The first-round games of the MHSAA girls and boys state basketball playoffs postponed this week because of Winter Storm Remus are expected to be played today and Friday. An MHSAA official said earlier this week schools should play games when they can and when it’s safe for teams to travel. […]

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 Gene Phelps Daily Journal MOOREVILLE – It’s no secret that Mooreville stands one win away from qualifying for the Class 3A state basketball tournament for the first time in 19 years. “We know,” sophomore guard Peyton McCord said. “We’re enjoying this ride.” McCord scored a game-high 20 points Tuesday night to lead the Troopers […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal Every team playing in the postseason wants a home game. Pontotoc’s girls (29-1) clinched the right to host two North state games this week – the second, only if they win tonight – with their 57-50 victory against rival and defending state champion Itawamba AHS in the finals of the […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal FULTON – Jacques Townsend wasn’t supposed to get the ball on the final play. Luckily for Pontotoc, he did. Townsend sank a short putback at the buzzer to lift Pontotoc to a pulse-pounding 51-49 victory Saturday against Corinth in the finals of the Division 1-4A Tournament at ICC. “Ty Jones […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal GRENADA – A few members of Grenada’s basketball team got pumped watching Tupelo’s Antonio Green display his perimeter game in Thursday’s Division 2-6A Tournament opener against South Panola. “Green light!” they said, then laughed, as the Golden Wave’s talented senior guard sank three 3-pointers in the first quarter of Tupelo’s […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal FULTON – Alex Brown suffered a busted right upper lip Wednesday, but it was nothing a Division 1-4A Tournament victory couldn’t soothe. Pontotoc’s senior point guard was one of four players to score in double figures to lead the Daily Journal’s No. 1-ranked girls team to physical 61-43 win against […]