By NEMS Daily Journal
New Site will be center stage for an all-Northeast Mississippi matchup tonight in the Class 2A North Mississippi tournament.
The host New Site Lady Royals play Potts Camp at 7 for the North championship and a top seeding in next week’s state tournament in Jackson.
Both teams punched their tickets to the Big House with Friday wins in the semifinals – New Site 57, S.V. Marshall 44; Potts Camp 67, South Delta 45.
The two teams have not played this season.
“They are a lot like us,” New Site coach Byron Sparks said. “They are a well-rounded team. All five players on the court can score.”
New Site, the defending 2A state champion, got 15 points apiece from Cristin Pharr and Grace Elliott in its victory.
Potts Camp was led by its standout guard, Tenesha Woods, who scored 25 points. Zana Davis added 19 for the Lady Cardinals.
(B) Biggersville 66, Coffeeville 61: Daniel Simmons scored 23 points to lead the Lions into tonight’s Class 1A North Mississippi tournament championship game against a familiar foe – Coldwater.
The tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Ingomar. Both teams have qualified for next week’s state tournament.
Biggersville lost to Coldwater in the North finals and the state championship game last season, but this is a different Lions team, one with five new starters.
Coldwater, which beat Shaw 92-74 in its Friday semifinal, has three starters back from its state title team.
“Tonight, we survived,” Biggersville coach Cliff Little said. “We didn’t get the so-called breaks, but our kids really grinded their teeth. They dug as deep as they could.”
Little expects a tough test in tonight’s finals.
“Coldwater is really, really tough,” he said. “They have so much depth and athletes all over the court.”
Jaylon Gaines scored 16 and Emmanuel Simmons 10 in the Lions’ Friday win.
(G) Ripley 65, Ruleville 49:
Ripley clinched its fourth consecutive trip to Jackson with its win in the Class 3A North Mississippi tournament.
The Lady Tigers (29-4) host Charleston, a 70-56 winner against Byhalia, tonight at 7 in the finals.
Jada Rich led Ripley with 17 points while Jayla Chills and Zaida Cox scored 15 apiece.
“We played really well in spurts,” Ripley coach Katie Bates said. “We had 15 turnovers in the first half. We’ll have to be on our defensive game against Charleston.”