runners-up at State
n The Calhoun City Wildcats saw their dream of a State Championship come to an end Saturday as they took a 61-52 loss to the Hawks of Myrtle in Jackson.
The Wildcats battled back from a first-half deficit to take a 47-43 lead in the fourth quarter, but couldn't sustain it. Senior Brandon Lawrence fouled out late in the fourth and Coach Darren Coffey said the loss was large for the team.
"It broke our morale when he fouled out," Coffey said.
Charlie Easley led the scoring for Calhoun City with nine points.
2009 MHSAA/Cellular South State Basketball Championships live on MPBtelevision
n Catch the play by play action of the 2009 MHSAA Cellular South State Basketball Championships beginning Thursday, March 5 through Saturday, March 7, live on Mississippi Public Broadcasting (MPB). For the seventh season, MPB TV airs statewide the state high school basketball championships from the Mississippi Coliseum in Jackson, Miss.
For game highlights, photo galleries, live blogs during each game, and to buy championship DVDs, visit www.mpbonline.org.
n Thursday, March 5
* 1A girls, 7 p.m.
* 1A boys, 8:30 p.m.
n Friday, March 6
* 2A girls, 1 p.m.
* 2A boys, 2:30 p.m.
* 3A girls, 7 p.m.
* 3A boys, 8:30 p.m.
n Saturday, March 7
* 4A girls, 1 p.m.
* 4A boys, 2:30 p.m.
* 5A girls, 7 p.m.
* 5A boys, 8:30 p.m.
"Our mutual commitment to serve Mississippians is the basis of our partnership," commented Dr. Ennis Proctor, MHSAA Executive Director. "It's exciting to know that because of the partnership between MPB and MHSAA, those who would not ordinarily be able to come to a game will be able to watch their teams on MPB TV."
"Mississippi Public Broadcasting is excited to be a part of this year's basketball championships which are very important to parents, students and their communities supporting their schools and athletes," said MPB Executive Director Marie Antoon. "MPB celebrates the great schools and students participating in the championship games."
on the diamond
* Houston vs. East Webster, March 5
* Houlka vs. Ingomar, March 12
* Okolona vs. Smithville, March 14