By Gene Phelps
Horace Kitchens watched his South Pontotoc Lady Cougars score 12 goals in Tuesday’s lopsided playoff win against Strayhorn.
He hopes his team saved a few shots for today’s 3:30 p.m. Class 1A-2A-3A state quarterfinals home match against McLaurin.
“I hope we’re clicking and keep putting the ball in the net,” said Kitchens, whose team lost in last year’s state finals. “We can score from anywhere on the field.”
Tristan Kitchens, the coach’s daughter and a senior, leads the Lady Cougars with 34 goals from her forward position. Judith Mills, an eighth grade forward, is second with 29 goals.
Horace Kitchens knows McLaurin has played a competitive schedule in the Jackson area and expects his team will be challenged.
“We’re going to have out hands full,” he said.
The winner of today’s match will play the Mooreville/Choctaw Central winner Tuesday in the state semifinals. The state championship is scheduled for Feb. 8 at Clinton High School.
South Pontotoc’s boys play an 18-win Forest team at 5 p.m. The winner advances to play North Pontotoc or Southeast Lauderdale.
Lady Wave hosting
Tupelo’s Lady Wave hosts Clinton at noon today in the Class 6A quarterfinals. The Lady Arrows defeated the Wave 1-0 earlier this season.
Tupelo’s boys are at Northwest Rankin for a 1 p.m. match. The Cougars’ lone losses are to top-ranked Madison Central.
The Tupele teams swept Southaven in the first round.
Saltillo at home
Saltillo’s boys, a 3-1 winner against Lewisburg, host Ridgeland at 2 p.m. today in the Class 5A quarterfinals. The winner will play Germantown or Center Hill.
The Tigers have won 12 straight games since a pre-Thanksgiving loss to Tupelo.
“We’re playing well right now,” Saltillo coach Eric Reynolds said, following the win against Lewisburg.
In 5A girls action, Oxford travels to New Hope.
In 4A girls, New Albany visits Richland and Pontotoc’s at Florence. In 4A boys, Lafayette’s at defending state champion Pontotoc.