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Ripley's Essence Black was able to find enough room to lead all scorers with 14 points.

Defensive effort produces big road win for Ripley

By Blake Morgan Daily Journal PONTOTOC – Points came at a premium Friday night when the Ripley Lady Tigers traveled to take on the...


MHSAA STATE BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT GIRLS FIRST ROUND (All games Monday unless otherwise noted) Class 1A North Pine Grove 65, JFK 20 Houlka 53, Blue Mountain 51 Ray Brooks 56, Biggersville 54 Hickory Flat 63, Vardaman 44 Ashland 66, Hamilton 48 Simmons 46, TCPS 40 Tremont 69, West Union 64 Shaw 58, Jumpertown 42 South Bogue […]

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Ingomar coach Trent Adair talks to his team before the start of the fourth quarter against Leflore on Tuesday night.

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal INGOMAR – Ingomar’s best shot at repeating as state champion could depend on a point guard who’s playing with a broken nose. Sophomore Gara Beth Self suffered her injury in car accident last month, but she hasn’t skipped a beat as a leader for the Lady Falcons since post player […]

By Blake Morgan Daily Journal SHANNON – When Shannon standout guard CJ Brim has an off game, the Red Raiders depend on Rance Champ to fill the offensive void. Champ stepped up in the opening round of the Class 4A playoffs Tuesday night with 27 points to help propel Shannon to a 73-55 win over […]

By Donica Phifer New Albany Gazette COFFEEVILLE – With five seconds on the clock, the winner in the Class 1A playoff game Tuesday night between Coffeeville and West Union was a tossup. The home team got the last word. The Pirates drew a foul on the ensuing possession and sealed the game as Janario Neal […]

By Melissa Meador Monroe Journal ABERDEEN – Aberdeen coach Jaworski Rankin had planned on having to stop Holly Springs leading scorer Daquan Smith on Tuesday night in the first round of the Class 3A boys playoffs. Instead, it was 6-foot-6 center Juwoyn Lyles who blistered the Bulldogs for 32 points on the Hawks’ way to […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal Rick Howell’s retirement from high school basketball lasted one year. This season the 62-year-old coach returned to the hardwood at New Site with the hopes of working some magic with the Prentiss County school’s boys program. Well, abracadabra, the Royals defeated rival Booneville 50-46 last week to win the Division […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal BOONEVILLE – Their pride hurt, the defending state champion Booneville Lady Blue Devils rebounded Monday to spank Ruleville Central 85-61 in the first round of the MHSAA Class 3A state tournament. Booneville (25-5) was coming off a 49-40 loss to New Site in last week’s Division 1-3A championship game. “Win […]

By Dennis Clayton New Albany Gazette ELLISTOWN – Kallie Roberts led East Union to a huge first quarter as she connected on five three-pointers and a total of six on the night in the Lady Urchins’ 86-40 win over Riverside in 2A girls playoff basketball Monday. “It felt good to get ahead in the first […]

By John Davis Special to the Journal OXFORD – A third win over Houston this season pushed the Lafayette Lady Commodores a game closer to reaching a second straight trip to Jackson for the MHSAA Class 4A state tournament. Lafayette started slower than normal but overcame it after the half to post a 52-26 win […]