By Brandon Speck
NEW SITE – Defending 1A champion Biggersville lost. Class 4A favorite Corinth loss. Hwy. 45 partner Baldwyn didn’t want anything to do with an Upset Thursday. The defending Class 2A champions easily dispatched Bruce, 75-41 in the North Mississippi Class 2A Tournament quarterfinals at New Site.
“I thought the difference in the basketball game was our kids did an exceptional job of blocking out and getting rebounds and limiting Bruce to one shot,” Baldwyn coach Jason McKay said.
The Bearcats will play Coahoma AHS tonight at 6, with a berth to the state tournament on the line.
Duke Upshaw led the Bearcats with 21 points. Romaro Crump and freshman Felix Hayes scored 13 each.
Bruce was led by Tae Armstrong and Malik Hobson with eight points each.
“Huge challenge,” McKay said. “We sat here and watched them, tremendous at shooting, driving, good post players that get rebounds.”
New Site 56, Simmons 47: New Site ‘s shocking run continues. Josh Knight scored a game-high 27 points, two nights after his 21 against Coahoma County led to the Royals’ to only their second Tuesday win since 1979. Riley Ivy had 13.
Booneville has two teams in the Class 3A North semifinals, both with the same coaching staff. The Lady Blue Devils will host Holly Springs at 6 p.m., after beating Nettleton 70-41. The Blue Devils, aiming for an unexpected fourth straight state tournament appearance, will play either Aberdeen or North Panola at 7:30 p.m. at Aberdeen.
In the boys’ 54-53 win against McClain, Jack Nichols had a game-high 18, Bonner Powell 13, Joseph Caver 12.
East Side 62, Belmont 35: Junior-led Belmont’s run ended. Luke Alexander led the Cardinals with 13 points. Harrison Fancher added 10. Jon Paul Davis’ 16 was tops for East Side, which will face Kemper County in the North semifinals.