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Booneville girls win first state championship
by The Associated Press
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JACKSON — Dashiyah Agnew scored 20 points, Adallice Young added 12 points and 11 rebounds and Booneville beat Belmont 56-51 to win the MHSAA Class 3A girls state championship on Friday.

Booneville (28-6) captured its first state championship, pulling away for the victory after briefly falling behind Belmont early in the fourth quarter. Maleeka Patterson added nine points and 10 rebounds off the bench.

Belmont (22-11) was led by Elisiah Jones' 15 points. Katelyn Nunley added 14 points and 12 rebounds. The Lady Cardinals struggled with foul trouble, with three players — including two starters and a reserve — fouling out.

Belmont stayed in the game by shooting 22 of 29 (75.9 percent) on free throws.

3A Boys

Velma Jackson 50, East Side 35

Moses Greenwood scored 13 points, Quinndary Weatherspoon added 12 points and eight rebounds as Velma Jackson (34-2) won its second straight state title.

Weatherspoon also added four steals, two assists and a thunderous dunk midway through the second quarter that helped the Falcons take a 28-18 halftime lead.

Velma Jackson shot 18 of 39 (46.2 percent) from the field and had a 24-20 rebounding advantage.

East Side (27-6) was led by Jon Paul Davis' 12 points, six rebounds and four blocked shots. The Trojans were held to just six points in the final quarter and shot 12 of 33 (36.4 percent) from the field for the game.

5A Girls

Natchez 54, South Jones 51

Zyaire Ewing scored a game-high 29 points and grabbed 16 rebounds as Natchez (27-2) earned its second state championship in school history and first since 1993.

Ewing scored the go-ahead basket on a layup with 53 seconds remaining to give Natchez a 52-51 lead it wouldn't relinquish.

Ewing made 10 of 20 shots from the field and 9 of 13 from the free-throw line. Rashonae Rice added 10 points for Natchez.

Shania Posey led South Jones with 15 points. Maia McCullum added 11 points for the Lady Braves (28-5), who were in the 5A state title game for a third straight year.

1A Boys

Shaw 60, Hinds AHS 57

Zedric Bass scored a game-high 25 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as Shaw held off Hinds AHS in Thursday’s late game.

Shaw (26-7) won its second state championship in school history and first since 1972. Hinds AHS led by five points midway through the third quarter before Shaw rallied for the win.

Bass led the charge, shooting 9 of 16 from the field and 6 of 7 from the free-throw line.

Jermarquis Stimage added 17 points and had seven steals for the Hawks. Andre Pruitt added eight points.

Jarius Smith led Hinds AHS (29-5) with 18 points. DeAndre Bolton added 11. Hinds AHS was seeking first state championship since 2010.
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