By NEMS Daily Journal
Shumpert takes a break from recruiting trail
Itawamba AHS 4-star running back Ashton Shumpert said Thursday he didn’t spend a lot of time on the recruiting trail this week.
Shumpert and the Indians host Noxubee County tonight in a Class 4A showdown of unbeaten teams.
“I’ve been trying not to get into it too much, just trying to stay focused on the game,” Shumpert said.
Marshall’s Craig Dailey closing in on 1,000 wins
Marshall Academy girls basketball coach Craig Dailey is closing in on a coaching milestone – 1,000 wins – this season.
He recently won his 995th game and will honored Dec. 7 with a reception following his Lady Patriots’ game against Fayette Academy. Marshall has won back-to-back Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class AA state championships.
Daily is a Burnsville native and played basketball for Northeast Mississippi Community College. He is a graduate of the University of North Alabama.
Lady Cardinals soaring after solid start to year
Potts Camp’s girls took a giant step last week when they defeated Ripley, last year’s Class 3A state finalist, 71-68, at Carl White Memorial Gym.
Ripley is expected to be in 3A state contention against this season.
“It was a great win,” said Lady Cardinals senior guard Tanesha Woods. “It’s was a fast game and everybody was tired, but we played as a team and pulled it off.”
The Lady Cardinals finished 16-16 last season and lost in the opening round of 2A North state to Mound Bayou JFK. The year before they were 11-20.
Head coach Tana Miller believes this season’s 5-0 start can be attributed to maturity. The team has two seniors and three juniors in its rotation.
“These young ladies have grown up and gone through a rebuilding phase,” she said. “It’s time for them to see the good side of things.”
New Albany’s Spears remains star on court
One thing that has remained consistent the last five basketball seasons has been the play of New Albany’s Jazmine Spears.
She scores inside and outdside, rebounds, defends and breaks presses. She is a match-up nightmare for opponents.
“She’s tough to handle,” Lady Bulldogs coach John Stroud said.
The 2011 Daily Journal Player of the Year, who is now a senior, scored 32 points – mostly inside – and grabbed 14 rebounds earlier this week in a win against Baldwyn.