Prentiss: Baldwyn, New Site win titles

By Blake Long / Special to the Journal

BALDWYN – County rivalries never die, they’re just passed down from generation to generation.
Baldwyn’s boys claimed the 2011 Prentiss County title over Booneville 65-57 on Saturday night.
“Tonight’s win was a chapter within the season that will enable us to look back and be proud,” said Baldwyn coach Jason McKay, whose Bearcats are No. 7 in the Daily Journal’s boys basketball rankings.
In a game that featured twelve lead changes, Baldwyn (18-2) took the lead for good with 2:07 to play on a Dee Gates layup.
The dagger came a minute later, when Ian Burress, who had hit only one shot through the first three quarters, hit a three point basket with one minute remaining on the clock to seal the Bearcat victory.
“I’m thinking ‘Don’t shoot that’ with a two-point lead,” McKay said of Burress’ shot, “Ian is a big-time, big-game player and he makes shots like that.”
Booneville led all but 59 seconds during the first half, claiming leads of 11-9 after the first quarter and a 27-24 at halftime after Kendrick Lesley’s layup with just over a second left.
Baldwyn took their first lead of the second half at 32-31 after Tevin Lindsey’s steal then layup with 4:50 to play, and held a narrow 45-44 lead after the third.
Booneville (15-4), took its biggest lead of the fourth quarter at 53-49 after Kenny Paul Geno’s three-point basket with 4:55 to play.
Reggie Patterson scored 22 points and added 16 boards to lead the Bearcats. Lesley’s 15 led the Blue Devils.
n (G) New Site 71, Baldwyn 58: In a game that featured 46 fouls, 67 free-throw attempts, and 16 jump balls, the Lady Royals (14-3) reigned as county champions.
New Site led by as many as 21 points at with 4:28 to play in the third quarter after Shelby Stricklen’s layup.
Baldwyn (8-11) reduced the Lady Royals lead to as little as nine at 56-47 with 3:44 to play, but could not overcome their third quarter deficit.
New Site was led by two underclassmen: junior Morgan Pearson (26 points and 10 rebounds) and sophomore Christy Clark (25 points). Ayana Ragin led all scorers with 29 points, including hitting 15 of 22 free-throw attempts.
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