Special to the Journal
BOONEVILLE – The Booneville Lady Devils punched their ticket to Jackson and the state tournament on Friday for the first time since 2007.
The Lady Devils were able to get past Holly Springs 74-63 in semifinal action in the Class 3A Girls North Tournament.
Booneville will face the Belmont Lady Cardinals in today’s 7 p.m. tournament championship game.
“Our team leaders stepped up at crunch time,” Booneville assistant coach Brian Windham said. “I thought our girls were very patient tonight.”
Adallice Young scored four field goals in the first quarter as Booneville moved to a 14-6 lead. The Lady Devils were able to maintain a margin on the scoreboard until the third quarter, where points by Shammia Love pulled Holly Springs within 46-44.
The Lady Devils responded in the final period, making 15 free throws to help keep its advantage.
Young led the Lady Devils with 27, while Love hit 21 to pace the Lady Hawks.
(G) Belmont 59, Eastside 45: Elisiah Jones had six points in the quarter as Belmont moved to a 27-19 second-period lead.
Eastside pulled within 51-45 in the fourth period, but free throws by Elisiah and Natasha Jones put the momentum back in the Lady Cardinals favor.
Elisiah Jones popped for 24 with Katelyn Nunley adding 22 for Belmont, with Love hitting 21 for Eastside.
“I’m so proud of the girls for fighting the whole season,” Belmont head coach Chris Higginbottom said. “Our weaknesses became our strengths.”