Revenge tastes sweet: Biggersville Lions avenge North final loss to win 1A championship

By Brandon Speck/NEMS Daily Journal

JACKSON – Biggersville had revenge, 20 points worth, on its mind Thursday.
Biggersville beat Coldwater 62-53 at Mississippi Coliseum to claim the 2013 MHSAA Class 1A state championship. The Cougars had beaten the Lions 75-55 in the North championship.
“We broke it down today in practice with ‘revenge.’ When we broke the huddle,” Biggersville coach Cliff Little said, “we broke it down with “revenge.” It definitely made it a little bit sweeter. They are a great team.”
Frustrated by Coldwater’s press at times, Biggersville (28-8) countered with a little-used zone defense. It’s offense broke free plenty of times and led 37-28 on an offensive board and putback from Emmanuel Simmons in the third quarter. The lead was 12 on a long 3-pointer from Daniel Simmons in the third.
Coldwater (28-4) missed four close chances to get within three late in the fourth quarter.
“Those are shots we normally hit, but it’s like that sometimes,” Coldwater coach Wert Spiva said. “They just weren’t falling.”
Biggersville closed it with six straight free throws from Daniel Simmons.
Little spoke in the press conference with his entire team seated with and behind him and his daughter Lainey, 6, in his lap. Lainey’s middle name is Jackson, named for the site for the championship games.
Daniel Simmons had a game-high 22 points and 13 rebounds. Darian Barnett scored 13 points and took three of the team’s five charges.
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Little said the coaching staff talked before the North title game and thought they would have to beat the Cougars at least once to win it all. Little said the Lions played their regular man-defense in that game.
“We weren’t going to show anything that we thought they could exploit,” Little said.
“We didn’t play a possession of zone and we thought we could give them some trouble and we did. I know we came in this one with a chip on our shoulder.”
Coldwater shot less than 30 percent for the game. Jordan Robinson scored 20 points for the Cougars. Marcel Newson had 15 points and 10 rebounds. Biggersville out-rebounded Coldwater 47-32.

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