Great finish! Blue Devils’ buzzer-beater hands Bearcats their first loss

By Brandon Speck/NEMS Daily Journal

JUMPERTOWN – Booneville won the Prentiss County Tournament the only way it should be won, on a buzzer-beater.
The Daily Journal’s second-ranked team handed the top-ranked Baldwyn Bearcats their first loss with a 55-54 win on Jordan Miller’s putback at the buzzer.
In front of a standing-only crowd of approximately 1,500, Martell Brown gave Baldwyn (19-1) a one-point lead with 9 seconds to play. But four Blue Devils (15-3) touched the ball on the game-winning trip.
“We shared the ball, made a great pass,” Booneville coach Michael Smith said. “It was just a great team play where four kids touched the ball in less than 10 seconds.”
Kenny Paul Geno inbounded to Isaiah Witherspoon. He passed to Jack Nichols, who passed to Daryl Barefield across the lane. Barefield overshot but Miller cleaned it up.
The game went back-and-forth all night. Booneville got 21 from Nichols, 19 from Geno and 10 from Miller.
Tevin Lindsey had a team-high 17 for Baldwyn but fouled out with 5:36 to play. Brown had 16 and Duke Upshaw 11.
“Tip your hat to them. They did what they had to do to win the basketball game,” Baldwyn coach Jason McKay said. “You grow and learn from this.”
New Site’s girls won their sixth straight Prentiss championship with a 56-38 victory over Baldwyn.
“It’s just something we expect to do and the kids that come in as freshmen, they’re buying into what we’re doing,” New Site coach Byron Sparks said.
The reigning Class 2A champion Lady Royals (18-4) had plenty of breathing room in the second half.
Addison Lucas hit the first of two 3s to start the third for a 29-16 New Site lead. Cristin Pharr’s two made it 39-19. Baldwyn (11-4) cut to 46-33 on Ayana Ragin’s rebound and putback.
Pharr had 16 and Christy Clark 10 for New Site. Baldwyn got 14 from Timaya Stewart.
“Every time we play Baldwyn, it looks trashy but we always end up pulling it through,” Clark said.

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