Kossuth continued its hot shooting streak on Tuesday night but matched up with a team that shot it equally as well on the road at Mantachie.
The two teams combined for 26 three-pointers as the Lady Aggies came away with the 78-59 win. The two will meet up again next Friday in a division matchup.
“We shot it well the first quarter, and we played pretty good defense on their leading scorer, Darby Pitts, the first half,” Kossuth girls’ coach Rick Hodum said. “She got hot in the second half and hit five herself in the third quarter. They had nine of their 13 in the second half. It helped that we had four girls in double figures. We’re blessed with a lot of good shooters and a very unselfish team.”
Eva Null led the way with 16 points, hitting four three-pointers. Starters Jessica Hughes and Anna Greene were also in double figures with 13 and 12 points. Hughes hit a trio of three-pointers and Greene had a pair. Dacy Kate Marsh hit three of them as well, finishing with nine points.
“Eva really set the tone, and she hit some big threes in that first quarter. She got us going,” Hodum said. “It’s been big having Anna back healthy. Having her on the court is super important because she sees the ball so well and looks to be aggressive. Anna is definitely the player, but it always helps to have great shooters around her.”
The Lady Aggies have had some boosts from their bench as well. Eighth-grader Alana Lewis was second in scoring last night with 14 points, and Jada Essary recently returned from injury.
“Alana got moved up, and she’s had a lot of pressure on her at times. She finally settled in last night and had her career high, and it’s good to see her playing so well,” Hodum said. “Having Jada back is big because it helps us out inside rebounding.”
Kossuth’s next game is on Friday, a rematch with Alcorn Central with a trip to the county tournament championship on the line. The tournament is held at Kossuth this year.
“We have shot the ball well the last few games, and I hope we continue to be unselfish,” Hodum said. “What bothers us most is Central’s pressure, and we have to handle that better this time, the way they got after us, trapped us and never stopped playing hard. That was the difference in the game.”
(B) Kossuth 56, Mantachie 50
The Aggies turned it on in the second half for a road win. Jack Hancock led the Aggies with 13 points with Bryson Jackson with 11 and Jack Johnson with 10 also in double figures. Rylan Henry and Hunter Hutchens had eight points each.
(G) Biggersville 61, Falkner 21
Hannah Seago had a team-high 14 points as the Lady Lions improve to 11-3 overall and 4-0 in division play. Aaliyah Moody was right behind her with 12 points.
(B) Biggersville 54, Falkner 35
Brooks Seago paced the Lions (9-1, 4-0) with 14 points in the win. Zialis Blackmon added 11 points off the bench, and Dylan Rowsey finished with eight points.
(B) Booneville 67, Southaven 62
The Blue Devils rode another big night from Kedrick Simmons, who finished with a double-double with 28 points and 10 rebounds.
“We didn’t play very well. We started out flat and trailed most of the first half,” Booneville coach Michael Smith said. “We had trouble containing their guards off the dribble all night long. We were down by five with 3:30 to go and went on a run. Jekemry Bell probably made two or three plays that really changed the game with some steals and layups, and Kedrick played really well, especially when we had to have him. He carried us as the game went on. Teams have a tough time matching up with him, and I thought he did a great job controlling the paint.”
Bell’s layup ended up giving the Blue Devils the lead for good, and Alec Nunley had a couple of big baskets during their final run as well. Nunley finished with 11 points, while Bell had six off the bench.
“We’ve played so many of those DeSoto County games, and they are all pretty similar,” Smith said. “Southaven shot it well last night and have a guard who’s one of the best in the state, and we did a good job on him. I was proud our kids for finding a way to win this game. We’ve been there with all these teams, and I hope that prepares us for later in the year.”
Booneville (14-2) faces Wheeler in the semifinals of the Prentiss County Tournament after having a first-round bye.
(G) Booneville 66, Southaven 39
The Lady Blue Devils commanded the game from the start, improving to 16-0 on the year.
“We got off to a really fast start, and we were able to play a lot of kids in the second quarter and then in the second half to try to build some depth,” Smith said. “They had some exceptional athletes, and I felt like we did a good job on their 6-foot-4 girl of making her come out and guard us in space.”
Saniyah Cook led three Lady Devils in double figures with her 19 points. Ava Kate Smith wasn’t far behind with 15 points, and Kaylee Johnson finished with 10 points. Kymani Smith had seven points and six steals off the bench.
“It’s been different ones stepping up all year. Saniyah has probably been our most consistent player, but during the Biggersville game, they took her away, and we just didn’t make open shots, which was a great strategy by them,” Smith said. “Ava Kate struggled near the first of the year and has been playing well lately. We shot the ball better against Southaven and had three or four girls shoot it well. We’re going to catch some teams who can really catch the ball and shoot it, like New Site, Alcorn Central and Kossuth, so we’re going to have to put up some points.”
(G) Walnut 69, Houlka 16
Madi Kate Vuncannon scored 22 points in a dominating win for the Lady Wildcats. Henlee Sisco added another 11 points.
(G) Tishomingo County 61, Shannon 10
Lila Sanderson had 13 points with Reese Moore adding 11 and Katie Jourdan adding 10 points as the Lady Braves stayed undefeated in division play and won their 15th straight game.
(B) Shannon 42, Tishomingo County 40
In a close division loss for the Braves, Kayson McNutt paced Tishomingo County with 14 points.
(G) Crockett County 56, McNairy Central 32
Brooklyn Hopkins scored eight, and Maddie Kirk added seven points for the Lady Bobcats.
(B) Crockett County 79, McNairy Central 46
Nate Moore poured in 26 of the Bobcats’ 46 points, while Tanner Kirk was also in double figures with 10 points.
(G) Jumpertown 50, Thrasher 26
The Lady Rebels, who fell in the first round of the Prentiss County Tournament, were led by Brookelyn Roberts’ nine points in the loss.
(B) New Site 73, Thrasher 51
The Rebels also dropped their game in the Prentiss County Tournament. Jonathan Grove had 12 points, followed by Tristan Frank with 10 points.