By Gene Phelps Daily Journal SPRINGVILLE – South Pontotoc made a statement early Monday night when senior forward Farris Bradley sent a laser shot into the back of the net. Bradley’s goal gave the Lady Cougars a 1-0 lead in the third minute of their eventual 8-0 victory against cross-county rival North Pontotoc in the […]

John Michael Hankerson is coming home for college. The three-star athlete is from Starkville but has spent the last two years living in South Bend, Indiana. Hankerson committed to Mississippi State while on an official visit over the weekend, choosing the Bulldogs over offers from Bowling Green, Illinois State, Indiana, Miami (OH) and Western Michigan. […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal PONTOTOC – It’s been a rough 10 days for Belmont’s girls basketball team. The Lady Cardinals lost senior guard Chloe Watson, a key returnee from last season’s 3A state championship team, to a knee injury. Then they played what coach Chris Higginbottom called a “murderers’ row” without her. Belmont exited […]

By David Wheeler Special to the Journal PONTOTOC – There is a scant two weeks of regular season high school basketball left to be played – time to prepare for the postseason. The Booneville Lady Devils flexed their state title preparations Saturday in the Robertson’s Sportswear Lady Challenge versus a defending Alabama state champion, holding […]

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Tupelo's Alayjah Sherer has averaged 21 points per game since moving out of the starting lineup.

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal PONTOTOC – Alayjah Sherer’s no ordinary sixth man. Tupelo’s 5-foot-11 guard/forward was a starter until Lady Wave coach Matt Justice decided a week ago to begin using her talents coming off the bench. In Saturday’s 47-44 victory against defending state champion Red Bay, Ala., Sherer scored 18 points to power […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal PONTOTOC – Walnut’s players had no idea West Union was ranked No. 10 in Northeast Mississippi by the Daily Journal. That could explain the Lady Wildcats’ 51-48 victory over Walnut in Saturday’s 19th annual Robertson’s Sportswear Lady Challenge. What you don’t know … “We didn’t tell them until after the […]

By John L. Pitts Daily Journal TUPELO – Logan Little and Brandon White weren’t going to let their team lose on Saturday. The Tupelo High School seniors played key roles in a second-round Class 6A playoff victory over Northwest Rankin. The Golden Wave won 5-4 on penalty kicks in a match that was tied at […]

By John Davis Oxford Citizen OXFORD – It was sweet revenge for the Oxford Lady Chargers Saturday evening. A year after suffering a heartbreaking loss in penalty kicks to Germantown, Oxford beat the Lady Mustangs 2-1 in the quarterfinals of the MHSAA Class 5A playoffs. Up next, division foe Saltillo on Tuesday in the north […]

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Pontotoc's Jatyjia Jones, who scored a team-high 38 points on Friday, directs where the ball needs to be passed from her position in the paint against Shannon on Friday.

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal PONTOTOC – Bill Russell always knew he could count on Jatyjia Jones – his 5-foot-9 sophomore forward – to make plays and score. She scored 38 points Friday in Pontotoc’s convincing 79-48 Division 1-4A victory against Shannon to avenge the Lady Warriors’ three-point loss last month to the Lady Red […]