As game action tipped on Friday around the area, seven local basketball teams were scheduled to play for the championship in their respective division tournaments while several others were playing for the No. 3 position in various consolation contests.
When the final horn sounded four area teams hoisted the division tournament crown. Following is a summary of how things went down Friday.
The Biggersville Lady Lions won the Division 1-1A tournament championship by holding off four-time defending state, and regular season, champion Pine Grove 62-55 behind 19 from Goldee Butler and 14 from Asia Stafford.
Hannah Seago had another strong game finishing with 13. Kenzie Miller paced the Lady Panthers with 18 while Elle Fryar had 16.
Biggersville led 27-23 at halftime and used a 19-13 third quarter to pull away.
The Lions were hoping to make it a clean sweep and did just that but it wasn’t an easy job as they held off pesky Pine Grove 48-45 for the Division 1-1A Tournament title.
Brooks Brand scored 16 to pace the Lions (19-4) while Zae Davis followed with 12.
Carson Rowland poured in a game high 22 for the Panthers (15-10).
Both Biggersville squads will enjoy home court advantage all the way to the state semifinals as long as they keep winning.
The Booneville Blue Devils completed their meteoric rise from near the bottom of the division standings the first part of the year to Division 1-3A regular season and tournament champions with a 47-38 win over Nettleton.
No individual scoring information was available at deadline but the Blue Devils led by just one (26-25) at halftime before holding off a formidable Tiger team in the second half.
Coach Michael Smith’s squad will host a first round north half tournament contest Tuesday weather permitting.
The Kossuth Lady Aggies used the same formula from the last time they faced Belmont but the Lady Cardinals were able to hold off a late KHS rally to win the Division 1-3A championship 58-53.
Katie Meeks scored 16 to lead the Lady Aggies followed by 13 from Zoe Essary. Kossuth made a run from 10 down to pull within 49-47 in the fourth before Belmont stepped up to the plate.
The Lady Aggies will host Aberdeen in the north half first round next week. Macie Walker scored a game high 22 to lead Belmont while Mary Stormant added 19.
The Tishomingo County Lady Braves won the Division 1-4A as they handily defeated North Pontotoc 65-36.
“We found our groove again tonight and it’s the perfect time for it,” said TC head coach Brian Middleton
Madison Bennett and Maura Nunley led the way for the Lady Braves (24-3) with 18 and 16 respectively while Jayla Brown added 12 and Lexi Kennedy came off the bench for nine.
The Walnut Lady Wildcats punched their ticket to the Division 1-2A title game against New Site on Saturday afternoon with a 48-37 win over the host school East Union on Friday.
Maddie Kate Vuncannon surpassed the 1,000-point plateau during the game, scoring 10 in the victory. Claire Leak paced Walnut with a game high 18.
Corinth missed a 3-pointer at the final horn that would have sent the Division 1-4A boys consolation game to overtime. Instead, Ripley held on to upend the Warriors 53-50 capping an 0-for-2 run in the tournament for CHS.
Coach Keith Greene’s squad entered the event as the No. 1 seed and exits as the No. 4 seed entering north half play.
Will Crawford paced Corinth (13-7) with 13 while Q. Wimsatt added 10 for the Warriors. Latrell Vance scored a game-high 25 for the Tigers. Corinth will play the Region4-4A champion next Tuesday on the road.
Amory defeated short-handed Alcorn Central 47-26 in the Division 1-3A girls consolation game in Booneville.
Sadie Perriman led the Lady Bears with 10 as regular starters Ella Mask and Jessica Hughes sat out the game along with two more AC players.
Central will play at either Houston or Noxubee County in a first round north half game scheduled for Monday.