By John Wilbert/NEMS Daily Journal
RIPLEY – Talk about getting skunked on the basketball court.
The Ripley High girls basketball team scored the game’s first 25 points and didn’t allow a single point until late in the first quarter en route to a 72-29 win over S.V. Marshall in Wednesday’s MHSAA Class 3A North Tournament first-round game.
“We talked about coming out and establishing the tone of the game early,” said Ripley coach Katie Bates. “We wanted to really, really play good pressure defense, and then once we got the ball – steal or rebound – we wanted to get out, run the floor and score.”
Jayla Chills, who had five steals, and Lanaesha Cox scored eight and nine points, respectively, in the first quarter for Ripley.
Shunquest Howell scored 12 points, all in the first half. Howell also had seven steals.
Ripley, the Daily Journal’s third-ranked Class 3A team, led 39-15 at halftime, and removed all doubt with a 22-4 third quarter run. Ripley led 51-19 to start the fourth quarter.
The Lady Tigers play Aberdeen in the 3A North quarterfinals at 7 p.m. Friday in Belmont.
Also Wednesday, Leflore County edged Booneville 65-63 in overtime.
Class 4A girls
Lafayette 86, Cleveland 44
– Six players reached double figures in points for the Lady Commodores, the Daily Journal’s second-ranked large school, who rolled to an easy first-round win at home.
Brianna Fisher scored 17 points to lead six scorers in double figures for Lafayette (27-1).
Next up for the Lady Commodores is Amory in the 4A North quarterfinals. The teams will meet at 7 p.m. Friday at the New Albany Middle School gym.
Class 1A girls
Biggersville 50, Okolona 44
– The fifth-ranked Lady Lions outlasted the Lady Chieftains at home in a Class 1A North Tournament first-round matchup.
Deara Gardner scored 15 points for Biggersville (20-5), while Quinndella Ford led Okolona with 13.
West Okittibeha 39, Pine Grove 37
– Bryana Davis scored 17 points to lead Pine Grove (13-17) in defeat. Shamia Robinson scored a game-high 20 for West Oktibbeha (20-9).