By John Wilbert/NEMS Daily Journal
BELMONT – They wanted it bad. Just take a look at Ripley High player LaNaesha Cox, as she walked off the floor after the final horn ended.
Cox, a senior, had tears in her eyes after helping lead the Lady Tigers to a 55-51 win over Aberdeen, the Daily Journal’s second-ranked Class 3A team, in the quarterfinals of the MHSAA 3A North Tournament on Friday.
“Last year, they are the ones that put us out,” Cox said about Aberdeen eliminating her team in the 2009 North quarterfinals, “so we came out with a lot of heart.
“We really wanted to beat them.”
Cox did her part, scoring a game-high 23 points, with seven of those coming in the final period for the Daily Journal’s third-ranked team, which advanced to play in tonight’s semifinal against the South Pontotoc at 7:30 p.m.
Becca Ruckes had 12 points for the 21-8 Lady Tigers.
Jameika Hoskins scored a team-high 18, including the last points for the Lady Bulldogs (24-3), which came with 2:28 remaining in the game.
– South Pontotoc 66, So. Delta 57:The Lady Cougars withstood a late charge to reach tonight’s semifinal.
Lana Goggins scored a game-high 25 points, while Emily Henson (14), Elizabeth Henson (13) and Courtney Collins (10) also reached double figures for the Lady Cougars (19-13).
Contributing: Kedrick Storey, Southern Sentinel