Journal’s top two clash in Prentiss finals

By Brandon Speck/NEMS Daily Journal

JUMPERTOWN – Baldwyn (19-0) is the last unbeaten boys team in Mississippi. Rival Booneville gets a shot to end the run tonight and carry home a trophy.
The Daily Journal’s top two teams square off in the Prentiss County Tournament championship at 7:30 p.m. in Jumpertown.
Baldwyn beat Jumpertown 70-33 in Friday’s semifinal to advance in the packed approximately 1,000-seat capacity Jumpertown gym.
Tonight’s crowd is expected to be standing room only.
“We know the intensity surrounding Baldwyn-Booneville, but we also have a tremendous respect for Booneville,” Baldwyn coach Jason McKay said. “They’ve got a great ballclub. That’s an understatement.”
Booneville (14-3) got 13 points and four assertive dunks from Kenny Paul Geno in an 84-38 semifinals win over Thrasher.
Antonio Crump had 12, Jack Nichols 11 and Dary Barefield 10 . Harley Hester scored 11 for Thrasher
New Site and Baldwyn will face off in the girls championship at 6 p.m. The Lady Royals (17-4) advanced with an 84-24 win over Jumpertown and is going for its sixth straight Prentiss title.
Jumpertown’s boys scored the first two points of the game against Baldwyn but Tevin Lindsey hit three straight 3-pointers in the second quarter and Baldwyn outscored the Cardinals 29-8.
Martell Brown scored a game-high 18 points. Duke Upshaw had 17 and Lindsey 11. Bryson Gilley scored 11 for Jumpertown.
Baldwyn beat Booneville by a point in last season’s championship.
“It’s very intense. Basketball in this county is very important to all of our schools,” Booneville coach Michael Smith said. “It’s a fun rivalry. I think it wouldn’t matter if they were 0-19 or 19-0.”
(G) New Site 84, Jumpertown 24: Shelby Stricklen’s 16 points led four Lady Royals in double figures. Addison Lucas and Cristin Pharr had 14 each.
Josie Reese scored 8 points for Jumpertown.
“We’re both real familiar with each other. It’s just I guess going to be who executes their stuff better,” New Site coach Byron Sparks said.
brandon.speck@journalinc.com