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By Brandon Speck Daily Journal Abby Cantrell doesn’t have time to guess what color the dress is. She’s too busy scoring points and keeping things tidy for the Hatley Lady Tigers. Her coach, Scott Carter raves about the senior shooting guard, who has at least one more game to play. Hatley (14-14) goes to East […]

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal FULTON – West Lauderdale drove three hours and played two halves of basketball while staring at a long bus ride back to Collinsville. Reigning Class 4A girls champ Itawamba AHS beat West Lauderdale 64-38 Thursday in one of a few area playoff games that got back on the finally-thawed roadways. […]

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal Every match now in the state basketball tournament is a “Loser Leaves Town” bout. For Booneville, being a loser in November is a big reason the Lady Devils are still in the ring. “We lost the first game of the year and it made a big difference in us,” Booneville […]

By Gene Phelps and Brandon Speck Daily Journal Belmont’s Lady Cardinals have spent time in the gym this week practicing, but unfortunately, not playing games. Their coach, Chris Higginbottom – like a lot of other basketball coaches around the state – can blame Winter Storm Remus for the delays of their postseason games. Belmont was […]

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal Katelyn Nunley stands a legitimate 5-foot-11. She’s been called a 6-footer, and true or not, she plays every bit of six, maybe seven, feet. Belmont’s senior is an old school, post-up player. The blonde-headed throwback isn’t scaring anyone she passes on the street, but when the ball is tipped, she […]

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal JUMPERTOWN – Along the side of Highway 4, Jumpertown is quietly tucked between basketball horses Booneville and Ripley. The Cardinals are starting to make some noise. Jumpertown defeated Smithville 57-41 on Tuesday in the opening round of the Class 1A state playoffs. The top seed gets another home game on […]

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal Houston’s boys and girls basketball teams lost in last Tuesday’s Division 4-4A Tournament openers, effectively ending their seasons. Until … Until the school was alerted by the MHSAA that division opponent Noxubee County’s basketball teams had been ruled ineligible for playing too many regular season games. Teams are allowed 28 […]

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal Jim Tally was almost giddy. As he should have been. Youthful Mooreville had just won the Division 1-3A Tournament with a 67-65 win against Kossuth. His team has surprised everyone, including him. “Those boys got better and better throughout the season. When we started this year, I was hoping 10 […]

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal Many of today’s girls North tournament basketball games have been postponed due to potentially icy road conditions. Boys tournament openers are scheduled for Tuesday, with the second round scheduled for Saturday. Girls’ second-round games are scheduled for Friday. Here is the new schedule, as best we can tell, via texts, […]

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal BOONEVILLE – Both teams woke up today with bruises. In a physical battle Saturday at Northeast CC’s Bonner Arnold Coliseum, Journal No. 2-ranked Booneville claimed a 54-53 win over No. 3 Belmont. As physical as the Division 1-3A girls championship was for nearly all 32 minutes, it was decided by […]