By The Associated Press
JACKSON — Anna Brooke Page scored 28 points as Belmont defeated Ripley in overtime to win the Class 3A girls state championship Friday.
The Cardinals (33-1) beat their division rivals for the fifth time this season, and won the program’s ninth state championship.
Ripley had a chance to win in overtime. Down by one with 28 seconds left, LaNesha Cox missed a shot. Belmont responded by hitting three free throws down the stretch.
Ripley (23-10) was leading by eight halfway through the third quarter when Belmont began its charge. The Cardinals took their first lead of the game on Page’s layup with 3:41 left.
Becca Ruckes and Cox each scored 15 points for the Tigers. Page had 13 rebounds for Belmont.