By Adam Gore/Special to the Journal
FULTON – Kareem Brown led New Albany to the Class 4A North championship game in football and the senior took another step towards doing the same with the hardwood version of the Bulldogs on Saturday.
Brown scored a team-high 17 points and grabbed a game-saving rebound in the final seconds of the Bulldogs’ 58-53 win over Shannon in the Region 1-4A boys championship game at Itawamba Community College.
Shannon pulled within three, 56-53, with under thirty seconds to play when Brown wrestled away a rebound and connected on 1 of 2 from the free throw line to put the Red Raiders’ upset bid on ice.
Jemar Clifton scored a game-high 21 and Javon Green added 15 for Shannon. Devonte Berry had 14 and Ladarious Coburn chipped in 12 for New Albany.
n (G) New Albany 60, Pontotoc 52: The Lady Bulldogs took a 17-point lead into the fourth quarter only to see the Lady Warriors cut the lead to 57-50 with 52 seconds left in the contest.
New Albany took care of business from the charity stripe and on the boards in the final moments of the game to hold on for the 60-52 ictory and earn the girls championship.
Jazmine Spears scored a game-high 19 points, Kebrina Lucas added 11, and Porche White and Micha Washington scored 10 each for the Lady Bulldogs. Ebony Brinker led Pontotoc with 15, Katherine Downing 12, and LaNikki McMillian added 10 points.
Region 1-4A matches up with Region 2-4A, who will finish their tournament on Monday, in the play-in round of the Class 4A North State Tournament.
Both the girls and boys games are expected to be played on Tuesday.
Tishomingo County’s Dedria McCoy and North Pontotoc’s Marcus Green, both freshmen, stole the show in Saturday’s consolation games.
McCoy scored a game-high 22 points in the Lady Braves 60-50 win over Itawamba AHS while Green put up a game-high 20 points in the Vikings 70-52 win over Pontotoc.
Kim Mallory led IAHS with 14 and Adrian Potter paced Pontotoc with 12.
n Game summaries, Page 2B