By NEMS Daily Journal
1A Girls Championship:
Byers beats Hinds AHS 63-41 for 1A title
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Justice Martin scored a game-high 15 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead Byers past Hinds AHS for a 63-41 victory to claim the girls Mississippi Class 1A state championship.
It is the Lady Lions’ third straight state title and fifth in school history.
Byers (28-5) forced Hinds AHS to turn the ball over 18 times and shoot just 26 percent from the field. Hinds AHS made just 1 of 14 attempts from 3-point range.
Richenda Crutcher scored 12 points and Abria Gulledge added 10 points for the Lady Lions.
Erica Harris led Hinds AHS (28-9) with 12 points. Adrienne Burks added 11 points, while Octavia Barnes scored 10 for the Lady Bulldogs.
Boys 1A championship
Biggersville beats Coldwater 62-53
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Daniel Simmons scored a game-high 22 points to lift Biggersville past Coldwater 62-53 to claim the boys Mississippi Class 1A state championship.
It is Biggersville’s first state title since 1996, which is their only other title in school history. Simmons also added 13 rebounds.
Darian Barnett scored 13 points and Emmanuel Simmons added 10 for the Lions (28-7), who shot 50 percent from the floor for the game.
Jordan Robinson led Coldwater with 20 points. Marcel Newson added 15 points for the Cougars (28-4), which beat Biggersville for the state title last season.
Coldwater shot just 29 percent from the field and made just 3 of 16 (18 percent) attempts from 3-point range.
Girls 2A championship
Scott Central beats New Site 52-49
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Victoria Vivians scored 42 points, including 26 in the second half, and Scott Central came from behind to beat New Site 52-49 in the girls Mississippi 2A state championship game.
Scott Central (34-4) trailed by 12 points to start the fourth quarter, but the 6-foot Vivians hit four 3-pointers during the Lady Rebels’ rally — including one that banked in from about 30 feet.
Vivians also had 11 rebounds and six steals. Haley Watkins added seven points and eight rebounds.
Scott Central won the state title for the second time in three seasons despite shooting just 15 of 48 (31.3 percent) from the field.
New Site (31-5) was led by Grace Elliott’s 18 points. Christy Clark added 11 points and eight rebounds.
Boys 2A championship
Baldwyn beats Bassfield 66-46
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Tevin Lindsey scored 23 points, Duke Upshaw added 16 and Baldwyn beat Bassfield 66-46 to capture the boys Mississippi 2A state championship.
Lindsey shot 9 of 17 from the field, including 5 of 12 from 3-point range to earn Most Valuable Player honors. Upshaw made 6 of 10 shots from the field and added six rebounds.
Martell Brown added 11 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and four steals.
Baldwyn (32-3) won its first state title since back-to-back championships in 1986 and 1987. It was the third time in the past four years the Bearcats have made the title game.
Bassfield (24-6) was led by Ron Logan’s 13 points. The Yellowjackets shot just 1 of 13 (7.7 percent) from 3-point range.
Read more in Friday’s NEMS Daily Journal newspaper.