State Championship Matchups March 3, 2012

By Gene Phelps/NEMS Daily Journal

GIRLS 5A CHAMPIONSHIP
Today, 1 p.m.
OXFORD (32-0)
Probable Starters
No. Player Height Year
01 Amber Sisk 5-3 JR
03 Erica Sisk 5-6 SR
21 Kristen Dickerson 5-7 SR
33 Lameisha Gillom 5-10 SR
34 Alexus Malone 5-11 JR
Key Reserves
No. Player Height Year
00 Moneika Pegues 5-5 SR
35 Tyra Lewis 5-10 SR

SOUTH JONES (28-7)
Probable Starters
No. Player Height Year
04 Lakerra McGilberry 5-8 SR
10 Makayla Burks 5-4 SR
23 Chelsea Phillips 5-6 SR
24 Khadejah Buxton 5-4 SR
40 Keoshya Wilson 5-10 SR
Key Reserves
No. Player Height Year
14 Janae Keyes 5-5 JR
30 Shania Posey 6-0 SR

SCOUTING REPORT: In the semifinals, Oxford beat Wayne County 60-42; South Jones beat Center Hill 50-46 in OT. … Erika Sisk, a Murray State signee, scored 25 points and had 6 assist in win against Wayne County. … Oxford out-rebounded Wayne County 38-22 in semifinals. … The Lady Chargers have a deep lineup and play as many as nine players per game. … Oxford last won state title in 1998. … South Jones is led by 5-10 senior Keoysha Wilson. She scored 21 points against Center Hill. … The Lady Braves last won state in 1988, going undefeated.
THE BUZZ: Oxford’s quality depth could be the difference against South Jones, which played only six players against Center Hill.

Boys 6A Championship
8:45 p.m. Saturday
LINEUPS
Tupelo (26-8)
Probable Starters
10 Rashon Coleman 5-9 SO
15 Jordan Sadler 6-2 SR
20 Dajon Reno 6-3 SR
21 Chaz Jones 6-2SR
22 Josh Hamilton 6-2 SR
Key Reserves
23 Antonio Green 5-11 FR
45 Sean Watkins 6-5 SO

Jim Hill (24-10)
Probable Starters
03 Fred Thomas 6-5 SR
14 Terry Morris 6-1JR
21 Trishunn White 6-1 JR
22 Dennis McClure 5-11jr
32 Isaiah Williams 6-5JR
Key Reserves
04 Bruce Shelby 6-0 SR
15 Benquale Seales 6-2 SR

SCOUTING REPORT
In the semifinals, Tupelo beat Biloxi 72-56; Jim Hill beat Gulfport 65-53. … Tupelo defeated Jim Hill 43-42 in the North half championship game. … The Golden Wave got balanced scoring from its starters in its semifinals win: Dajon Reno 16, Chaz Jones 15, Jordan Sadler 14, Rashon Coleman 10, Josh Hamilton 10. … Coleman’s the Wave’s top scorer this season, averaging 17 ppg. … Jim Hill’s Dandy Dozen guard Fred Thomas scored 27 points in Tigers’ semifinals win. … Tupelo hasn’t won a state championship since 1968 while Jim Hill’s last state title came in 1963 in the pre-integration Magnolia state championship game.
THE BUZZ
Teamwork has been the key for Tupelo throughout the postseason. Keep it up and bring home the gold.