By Brandon Speck/Monroe Journal
ABERDEEN – South Pontotoc hit nine 3-pointers on Thursday to advance to the championship of the Division 2-3A tournament with a 62-49 win against second-seed Mooreville.
Senior Elizabeth Henson hit four of them, three in the first half. Freshman Mattie Mills hit four more.
Mooreville’s two leading scorers, Betsy Kingsley and Savannah Webb were held to 13 and nine points respectively, a combined 10 of those from the line. Katelyn Keith had 11.
“Defensively, I thought the girls did a good job slowing down Kingsley,” South coach Matt Waldrop said. “And our seniors came out and played like seniors.”
Junior C.C. Costilow had 17 points for South. Mills had 15.
South (19-9) will face Nettleton tonight at 7 p.m.
“We knew it was going to be a close one,” said Mooreville coach Kayla Parker, whose team fell to 12-15. “They shut down our key player and we knew that was going to happen. The rest of them didn’t step up like they should have, not rebounding, scoring…and not shutting down their one and two.”
(B) Mooreville 66, Nettleton 51: Mooreville’s boys didn’t take a lead until the 1:46 mark of the third quarter on a free throw from Austin Timms.
After his free throw made it 41-40, Timms scored 10 more of his 15 points as the Troopers advanced to tonight’s title game against Aberdeen.
Nettleton led 38-23 at the break before a drought in the third, scoring only two points in the quarter. The Tigers scored the first eight points of the game and led 10-1 early on.
“We just kept our heads up and knew we could come back,” Timms said. “I can’t let my team down. I just have to do my part.”
Aerkies Berry hit a 3 for Mooreville to get within six before the Troopers (21-7) scored six straight off a turnover and a pair of Nettleton (12-16) misses.
Timms’ steal and assist to Kelsey Scott put Mooreville ahead 61-51.
In the win, Zack Sisk had 14. Errick Dilworth added 10. Zack Ross had 18 for Nettleton. Odarius Lowe had 10.
(G) Nettleton 63, Aberdeen 47: Aberdeen hung within single digits throughout but Nettleton got 21 points from Shauntina Collier and 19 from LaVontra Hall. Alexius Walker had 24 for Aberdeen, Shay Eckford had 10.
(B) Aberdeen 65, Water Valley 51: Aberdeen will face Mooreville in the championship game at 8:30 p.m. tonight after getting 17 from Brandon Hodges and 13 from Shedrick Fair. Johnathan Kirkwood scored 10 for Water Valley.