By Gene Phelps
Lady Royals’ senior knocks down five 3-pointers, scores a game-high 23.
By GENE PHELPS
JACKSON – Make no mistake about it, Bree Harris has probably never taken a shot she thought she couldn’t make.
That’s called a shooter’s mentality. New Site’s senior gunner has it – hit or miss.
“I just keep shooting,” she says.
Harris blasted away Friday inside the spacious Mississippi Coliseum, connecting on five 3-pointers and scoring a game-high 23 points to lead the Lady Royals past Hinds County AHS, 57-39, and into the championship game of the MHSAA 2A state tournament.
The victory puts New Site (31-1) in Thursday’s 7 p.m. state title game against the winner of today’s Broad Street-Newton game. The Lady Royals lost in the semifinals to Kemper County last season.
“That was like a knife in the heart,” Harris said. “We’re using that to motivate us. This is our time.”
Her fellow Prentiss County shootist, Krystal Jackson, added two 3-pointers and scored 21 points. She also grabbed 11 rebounds.
“It was phenomenal to see them hit those kind of shots in a coliseum setting,” Hinds AHS coach Bruce Baker said.
New Site got enough firepower from Harris and Jackson for a 30-25 halftime edge. The Royals left a low-scoring third period up 37-27, but pulled away in the fourth behind the inside play of Darrah Pharr and a final Harris bomb.
“I didn’t think we did a very good job in the second half blocking out,” Royals coach Byron Sparks said. “We gave them too many second- and third-chance baskets. In the second half we did a lot better defending and blocking out.”
Eugena Grigsby led Hinds AHS (22-10) with 18 points.