Day three of the MHSAA Basketball State Championship Tournament was the 4A boys and girls semi-finals, and the favorites stood tall setting up two great finals, one a match-up of undefeated teams.
Corinth 58 Bay High 55
Corinth used a big third quarter, outscoring Bay 21-10, to erase a five point Bay High halftime lead and take control of the game, before having to hold off a furious Bay High rally down the stretch. The game wasn't decided until Taylor Singleton's three point heave fell short at the buzzer propelling the Warriors into the 4A title game, their second consecutive year playing in a title game. Corinth was led by Sr. Deione Weeks with 16 points and 9 rebounds. 10th graders Raheem Sorrell and Jose Contreras provided support with 14 and 10 points respectively. Bay high was led by Singleton with a game high 20 points.
Amanda Elzy 63 Laurel 59
The Panthers from the Delta came out hot early and dominated the first half of play, leading by 13 at the half, but Laurel wouldn't go down that easily. The Golden Tornadoes rallied in the third closing their deficit to three late in the period. From that point on the game was a game of small runs as Elzy would push the lead back out to eight or nine points and Laurel would get back to into four or five points, with the Golden Tornados eventually having a shot to tie the game with a three pointer with around 20 seconds left. But the three pointer was off and Elzy iced the game at the line a few second later. Elzy was led by its trio of underclassmen Jr. Rahkeem Lehaman had 19 points, 10 rebounds and 5 steals; Jr. Janarious Middleton had 15 points and Soph. Maurice Dunlap had 14 points. Laurel was led by Deshon Bayless with 14 points and 11 rebounds and Ladarious McCarty with 13 points.
Pontotoc 58 Bay High 41
Ole Miss signee Quinndella Ford scored 29 points to power the unbeaten Lady Warriors into the 4A championship game. After falling behind at the end of the first quarter the Lady Warriors outscored the Lady Tigers 19-6, 15 of those by Ford, in the second to take the lead and never looked back. Ford was supported by Nikki McMillian with 14 points. Bay High was led by Christa Reed with 14 points.
Forrest County AHS 86 Lafayette County 72
The undefeated Lady Aggies over powered the Lady Commodores in the first half, taking a 23 point halftime lead, and coasted into the 4A Championship game. Forrest County AHS was led by Samantha Clemts and Kimberly Clemts with 23 and 20 points respectively. Joining them in double figures were Kimisha Tarvin with 14 points and Arkeliah with 12 points. Lafayette was led by Mykira Buford with 24 points and 13 rebounds and Mariah Buford with 22 points. Tiffany Ragsdale added 18 points for the Lady Commodores.
On tap Today:
1:00PM Oxford vs Wayne County
6:30PM South Jones vs Center Hill
2:30PM Callaway vs Pascagoula
8:00PM Gulfport vs Jim Hill