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By Gene Phelps Daily Journal JACKSON – Laquain Foster was a seventh grader sitting in the stands at the Mississippi Coliseum when Ingomar won its last state championship in 2010. “I look at that (championship) banner every day,” said Foster, now a senior. “That win was phenomenal. Nobody thought that team could win, but they […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal PONTOTOC – Pontotoc’s Lady Warriors took a curtain call Monday night with their excited and adoring fans. Today they’ll be back in the same gym trying to figure out what went wrong offensively in their too-close-for-comfort 44-33 win against Lafayette in the second round of the MHSAA Class 4A Basketball […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal The final games of the weather-delayed second round of the MHSAA state basketball playoffs are scheduled to be played tonight in Northeast Mississippi. In Class 3A, Mooreville’s boys host North Panola. The winner advances to the state quarterfinals this week at Jackson State University. In Class 2A girls, Baldwyn plays […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal NEW SITE – There would be no last-second heartbreak on Saturday for New Site. The Lady Royals defeated Coahoma County – a team that broke their hearts and ended a streak of five consecutive visits to the Big House on a buzzer-beating putback last season – with a 63-57 win […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal RIPLEY – Tori Mallory is the go-to player for Itawamba AHS – but when you stop her, watch out for Bree Stewart. Mallory scored 28 points Friday to lead the defending state champion Lady Indians to a 71-56 second-round victory against Ripley in the MHSAA Class 4A Basketball Championships, but […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal INGOMAR – Ingomar ran its winning streak to 22 games Thursday with a smashing 106-25 victory against defending 1A state champion Mound Bayou JFK. The streak, however, is “irrelevant” says Lady Falcons coach Trent Adair. “That’s not our goal,” said Adair, whose young team hasn’t lost a game since Dec. […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal The remaining first-round games of the MHSAA girls basketball playoffs postponed Monday and Wednesday because of Winter Storm Remus are expected to be played today. Most of the boys’ first-round games were played Tuesday. A few were rescheduled for today. Some girls teams, including Itawamba AHS and Ripley, were able […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal The first-round games of the MHSAA girls and boys state basketball playoffs postponed this week because of Winter Storm Remus are expected to be played today and Friday. An MHSAA official said earlier this week schools should play games when they can and when it’s safe for teams to travel. […]

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 Gene Phelps Daily Journal MOOREVILLE – It’s no secret that Mooreville stands one win away from qualifying for the Class 3A state basketball tournament for the first time in 19 years. “We know,” sophomore guard Peyton McCord said. “We’re enjoying this ride.” McCord scored a game-high 20 points Tuesday night to lead the Troopers […]