By Brandon Speck
SHANNON – Warren G had Nate Dogg. Coach G has even more help.
Shannon coach Warren Jennings, nicknamed “Coach G” after 90s rapper Warren G and his hit “Regulate,” led his aggressive Lady Raiders to an 83-55 win over Nettleton on Friday to claim the 2014 Lee County girls championship.
“We’ve been working hard on correcting little minor things,” Jennings said. “The girls put it together very well today.”
Shannon (14-3), ranked No. 2 in Northeast Mississippi, was the regulator, taking care of its property for a second straight county title.
All five starters, maybe now the Lady Regulators, finished in double figures, led by Alexandrea Metcalf’s 23. Asiaianna Anderson added 19.
“We’ve got to get where we can score with teams like that,” Nettleton coach Shelley Parman said. “They challenged us, definitely.”
Nettleton cut what was a 37-24 halftime lead to 37-33 on a pair of free throws from Corian Whitfield.
But, as it did all night, Shannon’s defense led to more offense.
Zakiyyah McMorris’ steal and bucket gave the Lady Raiders a 41-33 lead and Tatyana Brownlee’s 3 made it a 19-3 run late in the third quarter for a 57-37 lead.
Steals and offensive rebounds gave Shannon an early cushion, a 30-16 lead on a McMorris steal and Anderson bucket.
Quin Agnew scored 13 for Shannon, McMorris 13, Breah Mitchell 12. For Nettleton (13-5), playing with foul trouble, Jabria Pounds had 21, Whitfield 13.
“This is a very big win for them,” Jennings said, “a taste of what’s to come for them hopefully.”
(B) Shannon 49, Nettleton 42: Nettleton gave No. 6 Shannon all it wanted. In a tight game throughout, Armond Smith’s 3-pointer cut Shannon’s lead to 45-42 with 18.6 seconds left. Rocquis Coleman hit two free throws for breathing room.
Coleman had 17 for Shannon (15-4), winners of 3 of 4 county titles.
“We got a couple turnovers that gave us a little cushion,” Shannon coach Cedric Brim said. “I think our defense won us the ballgame.”
Dre Sharp scored 13, Smith 12 for Nettleton (6-10).
(B) Nettleton 50, Mooreville 40: Drae Smith and Chris Long scored 13 points apiece to lead the Tigers (6-9) into tonight’s championship game.
Payton McCord came off the bench to score 13 for the Troopers, the tournament’s defending champion.
(G) Nettleton 31, Saltillo 30: Despite being held scoreless in the second quarter, Nettleton rallied in the second half to win.
Jayla Jones scored on a layup with 2:58 remaining to give Nettleton (9-4) a 29-28 lead.