Four area teams go for titles today

By Gene Phelps/NEMS Daily Journal

JACKSON – There’s no time for cruising when you reach the postseason, Biggersville coach Cliff Little says.
“We’ve taken it up a level,” he said, following the Lions’ 64-44 victory over Durant in MHSAA Class 1A State Tournament semifinals. “If you’re going to get to the championship, you’ve got to hit another gear.”
Biggersville (28-7) and Coldwater (26-6) battle for the checkered flag – and a gold ball – at 2:30 p.m. today at the Mississippi Coliseum.
The Lions, who beat Coldwater 79-61 in the North title game, are one of four Daily Journal-area teams playing today for state championships in basketball.
In the 4A state championship game, Corinth (29-5) plays Amanda Elzy (26-5) at 8:30 p.m. in a North title rematch for the gold ball. The Warriors won 74-71 in the first meeting.
“Your goal is to get here; we like to dream big,” said Corinth coach Keith Greene, following his team’s 58-55 state semifinals win over Bay High.
Corinth lost to Booneville in the Class 3A state championship game last season.
BATTLE OF UNBEATENS
Something has to give at 7 p.m. today when Pontotoc (33-0) plays Forrest County AHS (29-0) for the 4A state championship.
The Lady Warriors look to Ole Miss signee Quinn Ford, who’s averaging 24 points per game. She scored 29 in Pontotoc’s 58-41 win over Bay High in the state semifinals.
Nikki McMillian added 14 points, scoring inside and outside.
“Nikki and Quinn have stepped it up offensively and given us big games scoring wise,” Pontotoc coach Bill Russell said.
FCAHS is led by 6-foot twin sisters Kim and Sam Clemts.
In the 1A championship game, H.W. Byers (28-4) plays Coldwater (27-8) and its scoring machine, Jerontaye Clemons.
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