By Gene Phelps/NEMS Daily Journal
WHEELER – New Site’s Lady Royals were in complete control just eight minutes into Saturday’s Prentiss County Tournament championship game against Booneville.
However, the team’s comfortable 71-45 victory didn’t take any of the luster off the program winning a third consecutive county championship.
“We take every game serious,” New Site coach Byron Sparks said. “This means a lot to us. I’m proud for our seniors. This is a big accomplishment for them.”
One of those seniors, post player Darrah Pharr, exited the dressing room clutching the tournament trophy.
“This was really big, especially for the seniors,” said Pharr, who scored a team-high 16 points in three periods. “It was nice to win three straight.”
New Site, now 18-0, turns its focus to Division 1-2A play, starting Tuesday with a trip to Baldwyn. The Lady Royals are 1-0 in the division with their win against Hickory Flat.
The regular season champion gets a first-round bye in the division tournament.
“The last couple of games we’ve started playing like we’re capable of playing,” Sparks said. “Our scoring is more balanced. We’re looking for each other and we’re getting the ball where it needs to be.”
Bree Harris added 15 points while Cara Clark and Krystal Jackson scored 10 points each.
Jasmine Allen and Nicki Whitten each scored 11 points for the Lady Devils, (12-6).
“New Site’s really good; they’ve got a lot of weapons,” Booneville coach Bart Greenhaw said. “They’re a hard team to defend.”
(B) Baldwyn 72, Booneville 50
Marcel Lucas scored 29 points to lead Baldwyn (17-2) to its second straight county tournament title.
Lucas and Reggie Patterson combined to score 23 points – Lucas 13, Patterson 10 – in the first half to lead the Bearcats to a 32-19 halftime lead.
Reggie Patterson finished with 15 points.
Jeiron Jones scored 16 points to pace Booneville (12-6).
“The Prentiss County Tournament is a very passionate tournament and means a lot to everybody in the county,” said Baldwyn coach Jason McKay, after watching his players hoist the championship trophy. “It’s a great event.”