Oxford was prepared for Braves’ Wilson

By Gene Phelps/NEMS Daily Journal

JACKSON – Keoshya Wilson missed South Jones’ 72-27 loss to Oxford in the Dec. 3 Battle of the Best tournament at Pontotoc.
The 5-foot-11 post player played for the Lady Braves in Saturday’s 5A state championship game, a closer 62-54 loss to the Lady Chargers.
She scored 10 points in the first half, but was held to six in the second half. She also finished with a game-high 10 rebounds.
“She knows how to play the game,” Oxford coach Shayne Linzy said. “We had to find a way to slow her down in the second half.”
Linzy covered her with three defensive alignments, including a box-and-1, in the second half.
Erika Sisk was asked by her coach in the preseason to write down her goals for the 2011-12 season.
“Mine was to win state and be undefeated,” she said, moments after leading Oxford to its state title victory against South Jones. “That’s the truth.”
Sisk struggled offensively, hitting on just 4 of 19 field goal attempts. However, she did finish with 20 points.
What the statistics don’t show is that her motor never stopped running, even as the game clock ticked down. In the final two minutes, she took a hard tumble under the goal after making a play, only to bounce right up.
In the postgame ceremonies, she did a flip after learning she was named the game’s MVP.
“I was happy … just knowing God brought me this far,” she said.
Asked if she could play another quarter, she replied: “Get me out there, I’ll do it.”

If the Mississippi High School Activities Association’s executive council votes in April to accept a new state tournament format, Tupelo could be hosting a portion of the event next season.
The changes being voted on will include eight teams – four each from the North and South – qualifying for the MHSAA’s Big Dance instead of four.
Part of the new plan calls for the Class 1A and 2A tournaments to be played at a site other than Jackson’s Mississippi Coliseum.
Tupelo, which hosted the Grand Slam in 2007 and ‘08, has put together a bid to host 1A and 2A at the BancorpSouth Arena.

Celebration time
Belmont will have a celebration for the newly crowned Class 3A state champion Lady Cardinals today at 2 p.m. at the school’s new gym. Coach Chris Higginbotham said the Lady Cardinals will be honored at the community-wide event, along with members of past Belmont championship teams.

Hattiesburg guard Tiaria Griffin saw her controversial senior season come to an end Saturday night in the Class 6A championship game with a 62-60 loss to Forest Hill.
Griffin, a Georgia signee, transferred to Hattiesburg from Lawrence County High during the offseason, but was ruled ineligible by the MHSAA for not meeting its required proof of residency rule.
However, a court ruling allowed her to play for the Lady Tigers. If Hattiesburg had won the state title there was a possibility the MHSAA would have eventually vacated the championship. Penalties are still pending against the HHS program.
The talented 5-foot-8 guard scored 18 points in her final game.

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