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Center Hill girls fall in overtime to South Jones

image and article from CommercialAppeal.com

Center Hill senior Jasmine Golden pushes the ball up court against South Jones senior Chelsea Phillips during Tuesday's MHSAA Class 5A state tournament semifinals at Jackson's Mississippi Coliseum.
Even after one of his most heartbreaking moments on the court this season, Center Hill girls basketball coach Jonathan Moore didn't let a particular impressive statistic slip his mind Tuesday.

"I think we're 24-0 when we hold folks under 48 (points)," said Moore, following his team's Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A girls state semifinal contest against South Jones. "We couldn't do it (tonight). They got 50."

And it was a 50-46 overtime victory that will allow the Lady Braves (28-7) to return to the Mississippi Coliseum Saturday to play Oxford for the 5A championship. Center Hill ends its season at 25-7.

Moore, for starters, was appreciative that his club was able to rally from an eight-point deficit late in the fourth period to force the extra session.

"We've been little fighters all year long," he said. "We didn't quit. We made that Center Hill run. Our girls don't lay down. We're going to play until the buzzer goes off."

The Lady Mustangs had tied the contest at 44 when senior Jasmine Golden converted a layup with 14.5 seconds left.

South Jones had an opportunity to avoid overtime, but senior Khadejah Buxton's jump shot from the corner was off the mark as time expired.

Golden, who scored a game-high 22 points, put Center Hill up by two in overtime with her jumper, but answering for the Lady Braves was senior Keoshya Wilson. Knotted at 46, the Lady Mustangs played a vicious game of keep away.

"I was all right with taking the last shot. We had a special play that we called; their defense didn't allow us to run our play," Moore said. "We kind of had to ad lib."

Sophomore Kiara Golden's attempt to drive to the basket was denied, South Jones corralled the rebound and Wilson knocked down a jumper on the other end.

"I was just praying that it went in," said Wilson, who led the Lady Braves with 21 points.

A Center Hill traveling violation gave the ball back to South Jones and Makayla Burks was fouled with 14.9 seconds remaining. The senior calmly sank both free throws to close out the scoring.

"I told them to just keep their composure," said South Jones coach Sherri Cooley. "Don't let this game slip away. Let's take care of business. We can pull it out, and they did just that."

Added Moore: "We were going to try to get a quick basket, and of course, we'd have to foul, but time was against us and there wasn't enough time-outs left. That's really what it came down to."

Wilson also pulled down a team-leading eight rebounds.

"She took over," Moore said. "She did a good job, but they were solid everywhere. You couldn't find a weakness tonight."

Center Hill's fourth-period comeback came after a Wilson layup and a Lady Mustang timeout at the 2:49 mark. Junior Ciera White hit a quick bucket. It was followed by consecutive steals and layups from the Golden cousins. Kiara finished her night with 11 points and five rebounds.

Jasmine Golden chipped in seven rebounds.

"This is her (Jasmine's) last one," Moore said. "I hugged her neck and shared a tear with her. Since the ninth grade, she's been a big, big part -- been the face of the Center Hill girls basketball program for a long time."

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Girls Basketball Scores - February 28, 2012

from CommercialAppeal.com Box Scores



REGION 7-AAA TOURNAMENT

SEMIFINALS

Bartlett (61) -- Kelly Howard 3, Rachell Hughes 15, Destiny James 14, Shuntavia Rodgers 10, Treazure Rogers 4, Shondria Scruggs 13, Kelsie Torry 2.

Munford (54) -- Robneisha Lee 15, Kierra Richardson 6, Alex Turner 8, Kierra Webb 7, Shaliyah Wiggins 2, Lauren Zvolanek 16.

Bartlett / 13 / 18 / 7 / 12 / 11 / -- / 61 /

Munford / 6 / 9 / 17 / 18 / 4 / -- / 54 /

Records -- Bartlett 20-11, Munford 19-10.

Hardin Co. (39) -- Emily Gray 5, Jackie Magee 6, Katie Terry 11, Karlee Wyatt 17.

Arlington (56) -- Bailey Brewer 6, Chyna Ellis 2, Logan Hammonds 11, Ariel Hearn 26, Christyn Hopper 6, Kardejah Jamerson 1, Raylin Starks 4.

Hardin Co. / 11 / 13 / 11 / 4 / -- / 39 /

Arlington / 10 / 21 / 15 / 10 / -- / 56 /

Records -- Arlington 26-3.

REGION 8-AAA TOURNAMENT

SEMIFINAL

Central (69) -- Danielle Ballard 19, Nina Davis 24, Meme Hill 4, Marissa Knox 1, Jalen O'Bannon 11, Aaliyah Whiteside 10.

Southwind (46) -- Bianca Cage 17, Quinesha Farmer 9, Amber Holmes 16, Jasmine McAlister 2, Monia Sanders 2.

Central / 19 / 15 / 18 / 17 / -- / 69 /

Southwind / 15 / 7 / 17 / 7 / -- / 46 /

Records -- Central 23-6, Southwind 27-8.


REGION 7-AA TOURNAMENT

SEMIFINAL

Martin Westview (34) -- Jasmine Howard 3, Kayley Layhue 6, Kendall Layhue 4, Tiffany Rechis 9, Teddy Vincent 10, Bryelle White 2.

Covington (38) -- J'la Brandon 2, Iesha Carruthers 10, Precious Dyson 8, Demiah Eaton 1, Precious Harvey 13, Allie Moss 2, Lashundra Somerville 2.

Martin Westview / 10 / 7 / 9 / 8 / -- / 34 /

Covington / 12 / 8 / 5 / 13 / -- / 38 /

Records -- Martin Westview 20-12, Covington 23-10.

REGION 8-AA TOURNAMENT

SEMIFINALS

Fairley (59) -- Essence Brinson 7, Keyonna Brown 4, Lametria Dunn 13, Sylver Ford 1, Jocqueline Gardner 2, Kayla Wade 5, Arkela Ware-Jones 27.

Manassas (83) -- Phikala Anthony 18, Jamie Bond 10, Shacraigory Brooms 2, Denise Johnson 8, Tiffany Jones 21, Oesha O'Neal 4, Jamille Reed 13, Raven Walker 7.

Fairley / 9 / 9 / 15 / 26 / -- / 59 /

Manassas / 13 / 21 / 23 / 26 / -- / 83 /

Records -- Fairley 14-15, Manassas 29-3.

Douglass (52) -- I. Hardy 23, Kirsten Jones 2, Keosha McGhee 21, Miranda Moss 2, Keyatta Tyson 1, Kamiyah Ward 3.

Oakhaven (62) -- Tracy Hammer 2, Marshea Lewis 14, Robin McClatchey 8, Morgan Walton 6, Derica Wiggins 30, Asia Woodall 2.

Douglass / 11 / 9 / 17 / 15 / -- / 52 /

Oakhaven / 13 / 14 / 22 / 13 / -- / 62 /

Records -- Douglass 17-9, Oakhaven 18-11.

Derica Wiggins lifts Oakhaven into region final against Manassas

from CommercialAppeal.com


In the waning moments of the third quarter Monday night, Oakhaven point guard Derica Wiggins pulled down a rebound off a miss by Douglass’ Angela Hardy, drove the length of the floor, then converted a layup, prompting a fan who sat a couple of rows behind the Lady Hawks’ bench to scream in a mostly quiet gymnasium, “That girl is playing!”

Wiggins’ postseason coming-out-party helped the Lady Hawks prevail 62-52 over Douglass in the semifinals of the Region 8-AA girls basketball tournament played at Mitchell High’s Andre Turner Arena.

The 5-10 Wiggins turned in what she described as her best performance as a high school player. She scored 21 of game-best 30 points in the second half, as the Lady Hawks advanced to Wednesday’s region championship game against Manassas.

The Lady Tigers earned their 16th consecutive win by knocking off Fairley, 83-59, in the earlier semifinal game.

Wiggins was virtually unstoppable in directing the Lady Hawks’ offense, scoring in transition, scrambling for loose balls, and getting her teammates involved. She was especially brilliant in a pivotal third quarter in which she scored 13 points for the Lady Hawks (18-11) and helped Oakhaven take a 49-37 advantage into the fourth.

Even in the wake of her career night, Wiggins was quick to applaud her teammates in helping her effectively run the offense.

“I mean, I couldn’t do without my teammates,” said Wiggins. “This is just the beginning. We’re all young.”

Oakhaven coach Aaron Stapleton said Wiggins finally is starting to reap the benefits of the hard work she exhibited in the offseason.

“She played like she didn’t want to go home,” Stapleton said of Wiggins.

In the first Region 8-AA semifinal, Fairley coach Dexter Bryant said before Monday’s game he expects his team to be more competitive against a bigger Manassas squad that beat the Lady Bulldogs by 33 points in early December.

The Lady Bulldogs exhibited intensity and poise early on, jumping out to a 7-2 lead. However, the Lady Tigers’ athleticism and stifling full court was too much, as Manassas (29-3) wore down Fairley in the second and earned their third consecutive trip to the region final.

Tiffany Jones had a team-high 21 points, Phikala Anthony scored 18, and Jamie Bond added 10 points to go along with eight blocks for the Lady Tigers. Arkela Ware-Jones’ 27 points led Fairley (14-15).

Bartlett, Arlington advance in Region 7-AAA girls tournament

from CommercialAppeal.com

It wasn't exactly what Bartlett coach Lynn Whitfield had in mind with her team's season on the line Monday night in Arlington in the Region 7-AAA girls basketball semifinals, but it worked out just fine.

Bartlett sophomore Shondria Scruggs hit two 3-pointers in a row to start overtime and that was enough to give the Lady Panthers a 61-54 win over Munford and move into Wednesday's region championship game.

“I'm not sure that's exactly the shot I would have wanted then,” said Whitfield. “But if it goes in, you always say, 'Great shot.'”

“I just took my time and had faith in myself,” said Scruggs, who finished with 13 points. “And I had faith in my teammates to get the rebound if I missed the shot.”

Scruggs' second 3-pointer gave Bartlett a 56-52 lead and Munford was not able to get any closer the rest of the way.

Early on it looked like Bartlett (20-11) was going to win handily.

A 9-0 run that spanned the second and third quarters gave Bartlett a 35-15 lead with 5:17 left in the third period.

But Munford (19-10) would not go quietly.

A 3-pointer by Alex Turner sparked a 20-3 Munford run that pulled the Lady Cougars to within three points at the 6:18 mark of the fourth quarter.

Bartlett pushed the lead back to 11 points midway through the fourth, but Munford rallied again.

With 17 seconds left, Munford junior Robneisha Lee made 1 of 2 free throws to tie the game at 50-all.

Lee, who finished with 15 points, blocked a shot from Destiny James as time expired to force overtime.

Lauren Zvolanek led Munford with 16 points.

Rachell Hughes, who sat out much of the third quarter with foul trouble, led Bartlett with 15 points.

Bartlett moves on to face Arlington (26-3), which beat Hardin County 56-39 in the second semifinal of the night.

University of Memphis signee Ariel Hearn was the story. She scored 26 points to lead her team to the region title game for the first time in the program's short history.

Arlington had lost in the region semifinals the last three years.

“I sat down (after the game) and one of the coaches looked at me,” Arlington coach David Offerle said. “And I said I think I got the monkey off my back finally … Ariel wanted it. She wanted it bad.”

Karlee Wyatt led Hardin County (14-15) with 17 points.

Central girls top Southwind in Region 8-AAA semfinals

from CommercialAppeal.com

Reigning state AAA champion Central's girls put one contender in its place Monday night, and now must prep for Wednesday's showdown with Overton, a rival that put the Warriors in their place last time out.

The Warriors (23-6), behind Nina Davis' 24 points and 14 rebounds, scored a 69-46 victory over Southwind (27-8) in the Region 8-AAA semifinals Monday night at White Station.

Earlier, it took a half before Cornelia Fondren and the Wolverines (26-2) took control of a 53-41 decision over Germantown (21-10). Fondren scored 16 of her game-high 20 points in the final two quarters to snap a 20-all halftime tie.

Two weeks ago, the Wolverines took a 67-62 overtime win over Central for the city championship.

"I can't lie; that gave us a lot of confidence," Overton coach Lynn Smith said.

This time, Central will be back with its "Big Three" on all cylinders. Danielle Ballard, dropped from the team in December and reinstated before districts, came off the bench to score 15 of her 19 points in the middle two quarters, when Central stretched a 19-15 lead to 52-39.

"We were all patient tonight, and it felt more comfortable," said Ballard. "This time of year you're just working to play one more game."

Davis said that when Ballard returned to practice, "it was like she was never away."

Central coach Niki Bray added, "Danielle's back because of the things she did in the classroom and away from the court."

Senior Jalen O'Bannon added 13 points and 11 rebounds; Georgia Tech-bound Aaliyah Whiteside added 10 points. Southwind senior Bianca Cage had 17 points in her final game, and sophomore Amber Holmes added 16, but the Jaguars had no answer inside.

"Davis is so long and athletic, and Ballard is one of those players that the game slows down for her," Southwind coach Stan Gatlin said. "We took a step forward this year, but tonight we stood around way too much."

Overton's Smith said his team "came out flat" in the first half, but added "we spread the floor, and started attacking more. And Cornelia provided the spark as always."

Syracuse-bound Fondren said "Germantown played more together than we did. We had to step it up."

Junior Brianna Mitchell scored 19 points and kept it close for Germantown, which split with Overton in the regular season. But she took a hard fall on a drive to the basket early in the fourth quarter with her team down, 40-34. She scored just two points after that, and Devils coach Kristin Reich said, "we just weren't the same. After her we get to freshmen and sophomores trying to run the offense, and that's tough to do against a team like that."

In other games

Region 7-AAA

Bartlett held off a furious Munford rally Monday night in the Region 7-AAA semifinals and pulled out a 61-54 win in overtime. Munford (19-10) erased a 20-point third-quarter deficit, but Rachel Hughes' 15 points helped Bartlett (20-11) move on to the region title game Wednesday at Arlington. The Lady Panthers will take on Arlington (26-3), a 56-39 winner over Hardin County in the second semifinal. Ariel Hearn, a University of Memphis signee, led all scorers with 26 points.

Region 8-AA

Manassas junior forward Tiffany Jones led four starters with 21 points and the Lady Tigers (29-3) ended Fairley's season with a commanding 83-59 victory in the semifinals of the Region 8-AA tournament Monday at Mitchell. Fairley's Arkela Ware-Jones' 25 points led the Lady Bulldogs, who finish 14-15.

"I don't think it was easy," Manassas coach Tommy Warren said. "But we pride ourselves on defense."

The Lady Tigers advanced to Wednesday's region championship, where they will face Oakhaven, a 62-52 winner over Douglass. Sophomore Derica Wiggins scored 21 of her game-high 30 points in the second half to lead the Lady Hawks (18-11), who avenged a regular season loss to the Lady Red Devils (17-9).

Monday, February 27, 2012

SEC Women's Basketball Conference Tournament begins Thursday in Nashville

Lonlack's Tip-In at the Buzzer Secures 66-64 Memphis-Win Over Tulsa



With the game tied and only tenths of a second left on the clock, Ramses Lonlack tipped in a missed layup giving Memphis a 66-64 victory over Tulsa. On senior night, senior Jasmine Lee posted 20 points and 14 rebounds. Fellow senior Lonlack recorded 19 points, eight rebounds and six steals.

Down 57-56 with three minutes left on the clock, Lonlack drew a foul on Tulsa's Taylor Hooker. Lonlack stepped to the line and sank both shots. After Tulsa regained the lead on a jumper, Nicole Dickson connected on a jumper of her own to put the Tigers up, 60-59.

Hooker banked home a three-point shot, regaining the lead for Tulsa. But, Lonlack sank a 10-foot turnaround jumper to knot the game at 62-all. On the Tigers next offensive possession, Nicole Dickson hit a jumper to put Memphis up by two with 28 seconds on the clock.

Tulsa misfired on a quick jumper, but a jump ball was called when Lee and Tiffani Couisnard simultaneously came down with the rebound. Taleya Mayberry tied the score on a baseline jumper off the inbounds pass with 7.3 ticks on the clock.

Danay Collier raced down the left sideline and drove to the basket. Collier's layup attempt went long to the back side, where Lonlack was waiting for the tip-in.

Dickson scored 17 points and pulled down 10 boards, joining Lee with a double-double. The junior is now one point shy of 1,000 for her career.

With the win, Memphis improves to 22-6 overall and 12-3 in Conference USA.

Read complete GoTigersGo.com article

Germantown High product Christal Porter named C-USA freshman of week

from CommercialAppeal.com

Rice freshman Christal Porter, from Germantown High School, was named Conference USA Freshman of the Week after helping lead the Owls to a pair of wins last week, including Sunday’s upset against UTEP.

Porter, a 6-foot forward, averaged nine points in the two wins. Against Houston, Porter had 10 points and six rebounds. And in helping Rice deal UTEP its first C-USA loss of the season, Porter had eight points and a team-high six rebounds. It is her second freshman of the Week honor this season.

Rice (15-13, 9-6) will host Memphis (22-6, 12-3 C-USA) in Thursday’s regular season finale.

Rodrea Echols Lands in Nations Top 10 in Class of 2016

from HerHoops.com



All-Star Girls Report updates national rankings and one of the Mid-South's own from Memphis lands in the Top 10 in the Country. Rodrea Echols is rated #9 overall and #2 in her position. Rodrea has big shoes to fill with the newly released rankings. Now its about how much work she puts in to maintain a top 10 Status throughout the next 4 years.

Rodrea plays for Snowden Middle School and for The Memphis Bobcats in the Summer. High School is gonna be the big opportunity that will make some coach the one who will hold the destiny of this young lady in the palms of their hand.

This will be an exciting Summer for Rodrea as the Bobcats selects their schedule for this years travel that will escalate her and her teammates to the next level. Click here for complete listing

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Girls Basketball Scores - February 24, 2012

from CommercialAppeal.com Box Scores




REGION 7-AAA TOURNAMENT

Jackson Northside (48) -- Cockrell 16, Cole 10, Perkins 6, Robinson 4, Stokes 6, Theriault 6.

Bartlett (50) -- Rachell Hughes 17, Destiny James 11, Shelby Organ 4, Shuntavia Rodgers 4, Shondria Scruggs 5, Kelsie Torry 9.

Jackson Northside / 13 / 17 / 15 / 3 / -- / 48 /

Bartlett / 12 / 12 / 11 / 15 / -- / 50 /

Records -- Bartlett 19-11.

Bolton (26) -- Destiny Arnold 2, Rachel Blevins 2, Kayla Bolden 4, Allison Crookshank 4, Abriona Hall 2, Megan Morris 2, Alex Wherry 3, Ashley Winston 7.

Munford (57) -- Robneisha Lee 27, Precious Mills 1, Tamara Moore 4, Kierra Richardson 4, Alex Turner 5, Shaliyah Wiggins 8, Lauren Zvolanek 7, Brittany Galbreath 1.

Bolton / 4 / 11 / 2 / 9 / -- / 26 /

Munford / 22 / 10 / 14 / 11 / -- / 57 /

Records -- Munford 19-9.

Dyer Co. (31) -- Chelsea Anderson 1, Brooke Davis 2, Sarah Owens 5, Chelsea Spence 9, Keonna Wilson 14.

Arlington (59) -- Bailey Brewer 8, Chyna Ellis 6, Logan Hammonds 10, Ariel Hearn 11, Christyn Hopper 9, Kardejah Jamerson 7, Cheiyanne Norton 4, Raylin Starks 4.

Dyer Co. / 3 / 5 / 9 / 14 / -- / 31 /

Arlington / 13 / 10 / 23 / 13 / -- / 59 /

Records -- Arlington 25-3.


REGION 8-AAA TOURNAMENT

White Station (34) -- Courtney Banks 10, Jaylen Burkett 6, Red Payne 12, Katia Polk 2, Emanye Robertson 4.

Overton (57) -- Philecia Atkins 15, Kelsey Briggs 12, Cornelia Fondren 16, Julissa Jones 2, Megan McGoughy 2, Breanna Neal 3, Jasmine Stafford 3, Tenell Walker 4.

White Station / 7 / 7 / 9 / 11 / -- / 34 /

Overton / 14 / 15 / 9 / 19 / -- / 57 /

Records -- Overton 25-2.

Germantown (71) -- Tia Allen 11, Tierra Clay 11, Breanna Cowans 9, Brianna Mitchell 22, Brittany Parmenter 14, Alex Thompson 4.

East (65) -- Zantrell Brown 11, Antesha Carnes-Marshall 1, Nykie Grandberry 3, Janeka Mason 7, Jarbeshia White 5, Janeka Williams 31, Alexys Young 7.

Germantown / 10 / 18 / 14 / 29 / -- / 71 /

East / 18 / 13 / 12 / 22 / -- / 65 /

Records -- East 14-8.

Ridgeway (24) -- Eryn Foster 8, Ashley Jackson 10, Odegua Oigbokie 4, Tieraney Paylor 2.

Central (63) -- Danielle Ballard 10, Nina Davis 15, Meme Hill 10, Dariell Johnson 4, Marissa Knox 3, Jalen O'Bannon 6, Aaliyah Whiteside 15.

Ridgeway / 8 / 6 / 8 / 2 / -- / 24 /

Central / 23 / 19 / 19 / 2 / -- / 63 /

Records -- Central 21-6.

Whitehaven (43) -- Laka Blache 9, Lytia Coleman 14, Keonda Fields 2, Jessica Howard 5, Cordia Jones 2, Kenesha Odum 1, Tenesha Wright 10.

Southwind (60) -- Chelsea Baines 11, Bianca Cage 12, Quinesha Farmer 2, Amber Holmes 26, Jasmine McAlister 2, Monia Sanders 2, Erin Wilson 5.

Whitehaven / 10 / 13 / 10 / 10 / -- / 43 /

Southwind / 18 / 16 / 10 / 16 / -- / 60 /

Records -- Southwind 27-6.


REGION 7-AA TOURNAMENT

McNairy Central (35) -- Kindra Brown 6, Tierra Lusk 2, Chelsea Boodifort 6, Breanna Burge 4, Mikelea Rowland 6, Brianna Phelps 1, Mallorie Sweat 2, Zipporah Woods 8.

Covington (48) -- Iesha Carruthers 13, Precious Dyson 7, Demiah Eaton 6, Precious Harvey 11, Lashundra Somerville 5, Kamesha VanPelt 6.

McNairy Central / 8 / 6 / 12 / 9 / -- / 35 /

Covington / 15 / 12 / 8 / 13 / -- / 48 /

Records -- McNairy Central 25-6, Covington 22-10.

REGION 8-AA TOURNAMENT

Trezevant (53) -- Ashleigh Magee 10, Rayeasha Nelson 2, Diamond Rigney 2, Kahdejah Stevens 28, Kourtney Walton 2, Marcee Williams 5, Kenya Smith 4.

Oakhaven (56) -- Tracy Hammer 23, Marshea Lewis 5, Robin McClatchey 4, Letrise Stancle 3, Derica Wiggins 13, Asia Woodall 6, Lanecion Stoward 2.

Trezevant / 9 / 19 / 9 / 16 / -- / 53 /

Oakhaven / 14 / 13 / 19 / 10 / -- / 56 /

Sheffield (13) -- Raven Cathey 4, Jasmine Guy 2, Melissa Hickman 1, Patricia Spearman 6.

Manassas (59) -- Phikala Anthony 9, Jamie Bond 4, Denise Johnson 2, Tiffany Jones 28, Oesha O'Neal 2, Deshundra Smith 2, Raven Walker 12.

Sheffield / 1 / 3 / 3 / 6 / -- / 13 /

Manassas / 28 / 18 / 11 / 2 / -- / 59 /

Records -- Manassas 27-3.


REGION 8-A TOURNAMENT

Scotts Hill (65) -- Mannis 2, Roberts 17, Wyatt 15, Reeves 12, Rosson 3, Blakenship 7, Gant 9.

Washington (43) -- Rakeisha Curry 18, Renisha Hale 8, Tierney Keaton 2, Deneisha Lane 8, Killowanda Parker 2, Terrica Robinson 2, Tyresia Webb 3.

Scotts Hill / 16 / 18 / 12 / 19 / -- / 65 /

Washington / 10 / 10 / 4 / 19 / -- / 43 /

DIVISION 2-AA SUBSTATE

Pope John Paul II (48) -- Lillian Baker 3, Sierra Anglin 5, Demisha Porter 4, Helen Shaw 6, Lauren Ransom 7, Sarah Galvin 14, Kyndal Hale 9.

St. Benedict (31) -- DeErica Blakely 3, Devin Chadwick 12, Bailey Coppedge 3, Erin Peel 2, Theresa Stoddard 3, Paige Williams 8.

Pope John Paul II / 11 / 11 / 8 / 18 / -- / 48 /

St. Benedict / 4 / 7 / 8 / 12 / -- / 31 /

Records -- Pope John Paul II 24-6, St. Benedict 12-16.

Father Ryan (26) -- S. Brady 7, B. Burns 2, J. Chauvin 4, D. Manes 10, J. Shoulders 3.

Briarcrest (30) -- Dakota Doss 3, Lauren Douglas 11, Emoni Harvey 7, Elise Holden 2, Samantha McColgan 7.

Father Ryan / 7 / 10 / 5 / 4 / -- / 26 /

Briarcrest / 12 / 5 / 5 / 8 / -- / 30 /

Records -- Briarcrest 26-3.

DIVISION 2-A SUBSTATE

USN (32) -- Conner 7, Elliot 5, Holmes 3, Phillips 2, Porter 3, Roth 2, Khim 5, Miller 5.

Fayette Aca. (49) -- Gracie Cocke 8, Victoria Crawford 7, Amber Johnson 4, Emily Reeves 5, Samantha Reeves 23, Addie Tomlin 2.

USN / 4 / 6 / 12 / 10 / -- / 32 /

Fayette Aca. / 12 / 12 / 8 / 17 / -- / 49 /

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Ten Memphis-area players named finalists for 2012 Mr. and Miss Basketball

from CommercialAppeal.com

Ten players from the Shelby-Metro area have been named finalists for the TSSAA Mr. and Miss Basketball Awards.

Memphis has two finalists in AAA boys, where senior Cameron Golden of top-ranked Ridgeway and junior Jajuan Johnson of Southwind are joined by Clarksville Northeast’s Alex Poythress.

Memphis also has two finalists in Division 2-A girls and 2-A boys, as Harding Academy junior Kaylah Keys and freshman Kaylan Pugh of St. Mary’s are joined by Derica Wyatt of Franklin Road Academy in D2-A girls.

In D2-A boys, freshman Skal Labissiere of Evangelical Christian School and junior Cameron Payne of Lausanne are finalists along with last year's winner John Ross Glover of University School of Jackson.

The other area finalists are senior Martavious Newby of Booker T. Washington (Class A boys), junior Austin Nichols of Briarcrest (Division 2-AA boys), junior Nina Davis of Central (Class AAA girls) and senior Lauren Douglas of Briarcrest (Division 2-AA girls).

Keys, Newby and Nichols are repeat finalists from last season.

The awards will be handed out at the BlueCross state tournaments, starting with next week’s Division 2 championships in Nashville.

Click here for complete list of finalists

DISTRICT 16-AAA TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE

Tuesday, Feb. 14

(4) White Station beat (5) Melrose

(3) East 65, (6) Hamilton 45

(Rest of tournament at Central High)

Thursday, Feb. 16

East beat Whitehaven in OT

Friday, Feb. 17

(1) Central 65, White Station 29

Monday, Feb. 20

Consolation, Whitehaven beat White Station

Tuesday, Feb. 21

Championship, Central 71, East 36

Girls Basketball Scores - February 21, 2012

from CommercialAppeal.com Box Scores




DISTRICT 16-AAA TOURNAMENT

CHAMPIONSHIP

East (36) -- Zantrell Brown 9, Antesha Carnes-Marshall 4, Lyre Douglas 4, Janeka Mason 3, Jarbeshia White 3, Janeka Williams 11, Alexys Young 2.

Central (71) -- Danielle Ballard 7, Nina Davis 29, Meme Hill 2, Marissa Knox 6, Jalen O'Bannon 12, Aaliyah Whiteside 13, Tia Wooten 2.

East / 5 / 10 / 14 / 7 / -- / 36 /

Central / 26 / 18 / 14 / 13 / -- / 71 /

Records -- Central 21-6.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Mississippi Girls Athletes of the Week

Kyra Gulledge

H. W. Byers/Basketball

•By the numbers: Gulledge, a 6-2 senior power forward/center, had 22 points, 20 rebounds and 5 blocks in a 73-67 win over Coldwater in the 1A North State final. She also totaled 46 rebounds, 33 points and 15 blocks in wins over Vardaman, Shaw and Myrtle.

•Coach-speak: "She has been a very consistent, hard-working player her whole career and she had extra motivation this year because she was not named as one of the top players in the state," said Jason Thompson.

•The 411: Gulledge is averaging 18.9 points, 13.2 rebounds and 2.7 blocks.

•Born: May 6, 1994, in Memphis

•Toughest opponent: Aspriona Gilbert (Myrtle)

•College: Gulledge has signed to play at Furman.

•A family tradition: The Gulledge family has provided plenty of talent for Byers. A cousin, Abria Gulledge, is a freshman, Kyra's sister Kenyata graduated in 2009 and Abria's sister Brionne graduated in 2010.

Monday's District Roundup Recaps

article and image from Commercial Appeal

Bartlett's Rachell Hughes drives on Arlington's Chyna Ellis during the District 14-AAA tournament title game. Hughes scored 18 points but the Panthers lost, 52-42.


Arlington takes 14-AAA title

MVP Ariel Hearn, a University of Memphis signee, scored 16 points, and senior forward Logan Hammonds stepped up in the fourth quarter as the Arlington (24-3) girls won their second straight district tournament title with a 52-42 decision over Bartlett (18-11) on Monday at Bolton.

“All I know is that we did what we had to do and won,” said Hearn, whose only fourth-quarter points came at the foul line.

It was Hammonds, a 6-foot forward headed to Arkansas-Monticello, who stepped up in the shooting department after three chilly quarters. She moved in for two short-range jumpers, then nailed an open three in a 10-0 Arlington run that made it 46-35 midway through the final quarter.

“I was so bad in the third, but then I hit one shot, then another …. ” said Hammonds, who scored nine of her 10 points in the final quarter.

The constant was interior defense as 6-2 sophomore Chyna Ellis had 12 rebounds and five of her team's nine blocked shots, as the Tigers repeatedly frustrated attempts by Bartlett to drive the lane.

Girls Basketball Scores - February 20, 2012

from CommercialAppeal.com Box Scores



DISTRICT 15-AAA TOURNAMENT

CHAMPIONSHIP

Southwind (36) -- Chelsea Baines 2, Bianca Cage 10, Quinesha Farmer 6, Amber Holmes 12, Jasmine McAlister 5, Monia Sanders 1.

Overton (50) -- Philecia Atkins 10, Kelsey Briggs 9, Cornelia Fondren 12, Catrice Golden 18, Jasmine Stafford 1.

Southwind / 6 / 5 / 17 / 8 / -- / 36 /

Overton / 7 / 11 / 14 / 18 / -- / 50 /

CONSOLATION

Germantown (68) -- Tia Allen 6, Breanna Cowans 3, Brianna Mitchell 33, Brittany Parmenter 6, Timmia Sanders 16, Alex Thompson 4.

Ridgeway (66) -- Alexus Bryson 4, Leigha Conley 6, Eryn Foster 4, Ashley Jackson 16, Odegua Oigbokie 21, Tieraney Paylor 9, Tierani Pettes 3, Kierra White 3.

Germantown / 19 / 15 / 15 / 19 / -- / 68 /

Ridgeway / 19 / 13 / 20 / 14 / -- / 66 /

Records -- Ridgeway 19-8.

DISTRICT 16-A TOURNAMENT

CHAMPIONSHIP

MAHS (49) -- Schkechia Anderson 11, Kendall Berry 9, Kiara Chambers 13, Chelsea Duckett 6, Kiaia Hawkins 3, Quantricia Page 3, Alexis Wesson 4.

Washington (47) -- Rakeisha Curry 12, Renisha Hale 15, Terrica Robinson 10, Tyresia Webb 10.

MAHS / 14 / 13 / 10 / 12 / -- / 49 /

Washington / 11 / 8 / 8 / 20 / -- / 47 /

Monday, February 20, 2012

Division 2A West Region basketball tournament schedule

The tournament begins Monday, Feb. 13 at the higher seeds before moving to University School of Jackson for the final four on Saturday, Feb. 18. The girls championship and third-place game will be played Monday, Feb. 20 at USJ.

Monday, Feb. 13

(District 1 No. 7) First Assembly beat (District 1 No. 8) Bishop Byrne

Tuesday, Feb. 14

(District 1 No. 4) ECS 55, (District 2 No. 5) Rossville 22

(District 2 No. 3) USJ 50, (District 1 No. 6) Catholic 37

(District 1 No. 2) Lausanne 51, (District 2 No. 7) IC 12

(District 2 No. 2) Jackson Christian 46, FACS 27

(District 1 No. 3) St. Mary’s 63, (District 2 No. 6) Tipton-Rosemark 39

(District 2 No. 4) St. George’s 55, (District 1 No. 5) SBEC 44

Thursday, Feb. 16

(District 2 No. 1) Fayette Academy 61, ECS 25

USJ beat Lausanne

JCS 48, St. Mary’s 46

(District 1 No. 1) Harding 62, St. George's 36

Saturday, Feb. 18

Fayette Academy 39, USJ 37

Harding 56, JCS 42

Monday, Feb. 20

6 p.m. -- Third place game, USJ vs. JCS

Championship, Fayette Academy 57, Harding 49

DISTRICT 15-AAA TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE

Friday, Feb. 17

6 p.m. -- (8) Kirby at (1) Overton

6 p.m. -- (5) Collierville at (4) Germantown

6 p.m. -- (7) Wooddale at (2) Ridgeway

6 p.m. -- (6) Houston at (3) Southwind

(Rest of tournament at Ridgeway High)

Saturday, Feb. 18

Southwind 56, Ridgeway 37

Overton 51, Germantown 47

Monday, Feb. 20

Consolation, Germantown 68, Ridgeway 66

Championship, Overton 50, Southwind 36

St. John's snaps UConn's 99-game home winning streak

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Kim Barnes Arico and her St. John's Red Storm ended two incredible UConn streaks and years of frustration with one shocking victory.

Shenneika Smith's 3-pointer from the wing with 8 seconds left lifted St. John's to a 57-56 win over No. 2 Connecticut on Saturday night, snapping the Huskies' 99-game home court winning streak. It was the Huskies' first home loss to an unranked opponent in nearly 19 years.

"It's truly unbelievable," Barnes Arico said. "There aren't many teams that can say they beat UConn in this place and now we're one of them."

St. John's became only the fifth team to win at Storrs since 1993, joining Tennessee, Georgia, Notre Dame and Rutgers. The Red Storm, who have won seven of their last eight games -- the lone loss coming to then-No. 2 Notre Dame -- haven't had much success anywhere against the Huskies. They lost the previous 27 meetings since a home victory over the Huskies in 1993.

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Horn Lake topples Southaven to win North Half title

from CommercialAppeal.com

The Horn Lake girls basketball team’s first three meetings against Southaven this season ended in defeat.

With a Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 6A North Half championship at stake Saturday night, the visiting Lady Eagles got their revenge.

Senior Savannah Kimmons scored her club’s first 12 points of the fourth period and finished with a game-high 16 points to help lift Horn Lake to a 49-44 victory, one that gave the Lady Eagles their fourth consecutive North Half title.

Girls Basketball Scores - February 18, 2012

from CommercialAppeal.com Box Scores



DISTRICT 14-AAA TOURNAMENT

SEMIFINALS

Bolton (40) -- Rachel Blevins 2, Kayla Bolden 1, Allison Crookshank 5, Abriona Hall 6, Megan Morris 7, Alex Wherry 3, Ashley Winston 16.

Arlington (58) -- Chyna Ellis 14, Logan Hammonds 7, Ariel Hearn 25, Christyn Hopper 6, Kardejah Jamerson 2, Raylin Starks 4.

Bolton / 5 / 10 / 14 / 11 / -- / 40 /

Arlington / 5 / 10 / 14 / 29 / -- / 58 /

Records -- Bolton 12-14, Arlington 23-3.

Bartlett (54) -- Rachell Hughes 18, Destiny James 17, Shuntavia Rodgers 8, Shondria Scruggs 2, Kelsie Torry 9.

Millington (49) -- Tiara Caldwell 15, Erin Clark 6, Kaitlyn Dupree 4, Amber Lee 2, Treasure Redding 6, Kendra Richardson 8, Symone Taylor 8.

Bartlett / 11 / 18 / 14 / 11 / -- / 54 /

Millington / 12 / 2 / 18 / 17 / -- / 49 /

Records -- Bartlett 18-10, Millington 14-13.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

DIVISION 2-AA TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE

Friday, Feb. 17

(7E/M) Nashville Harpeth Hall 64, (3W) St. Agnes 49

(4E/M) Nashville Father Ryan beat (6E/M) Chattanooga Baylor

(5E/M) Brentwood Academy beat (4W) Hutchison

(3E/M) Hendersonville Pope John Paul II beat (8E/M) Franklin Battle Ground Academy

QUARTERFINALS

Feb. 24-25

TBA -- Harpeth Hall at (2E/M) Chattanooga Girls Preparatory School

TBA -- Father Ryan at (1W) Briarcrest

TBA -- Brentwood Academy at (1E/M) Ensworth

TBA -- Pope John Paul II at (2W) St. Benedict

DISTRICT 16-A TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE

Wednesday, Feb. 15

(1) Booker T. Washington 68, Power Center Academy 16

(4) MBA 47, (5) Northside 36

(2) MAHS 64, (7) MASE 25

Thursday, Feb. 16

6 p.m. -- (6) Middle College at (3) Westwood

Semifinals and Finals at Westwood

Friday, Feb. 17

3 p.m. -- MC/Westwood winner vs. MAHS

6 p.m. -- MBA vs. BTW

Monday, Feb. 20

MAHS 47, Westwood 26

BTW 69, MBA 45

Monday, Feb. 20

2 p.m. -- Consolation, Westwood vs. MBA

5 p.m. -- Championship, BTW vs. MAHS

DISTRICT 16-AA TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE

at Mitchell

Monday, Feb. 13

(5) Sheffield 41, (4) Carver 38

Tuesday, Feb. 14

(3) Hillcrest 57, (6) Mitchell 23

Wednesday, Feb. 15

(1) Oakhaven 54, Sheffield 30

Thursday, Feb. 16

(2) Fairley 64, Hillcrest 38

Friday, Feb. 17

Consolation, Hillcrest 50, Sheffield 22

Championship, Oakhaven 73, Fairley 49

2012 DISTRICT 15-AA TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE

at Douglas

Monday, Feb. 13

(4) Trezevant (61), (5) Raleigh-Egypt 44

Tuesday, Feb. 14

(3) Frayser 69, (6) Kingsbury 31

Wednesday, Feb. 15

(1) Manassas 60, Trezevant 30

Thursday, Feb. 16

(2) Douglass67, Frayser 65

Friday, Feb. 17

Consolation, Frayser 59, Trezevant 55

Championship, Manassas 62, Douglass 26
Overton wins 51-47

DISTRICT 14-AAA TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE

at Bolton

Friday, Feb. 17

(4) Bolton 36, (5) Craigmont 34

(3) Bartlett 58, (6) Cordova 28

Saturday, Feb. 18

Bartlett 54, (2) Millington 49

(1) Arlington 58, Bolton 40

Monday, Feb. 20

6 p.m. -- Consolation, Millington vs. Bolton

7:30 p.m. -- Championship, Arlington vs. Bartlett

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Overton up 2 with 51 seconds left
Jasmine stafford just fouled out with 1 minute left
Cornelia fond just fouls out With 3 minutes left in game
Overton defense got stingy in the third... Takes lead heading into the fourth 42-39
Game tied 36
Overton start second half on 8-0 run
Germantown at the half up 33-24
It is total team effort for Germantown playing so composed and using their bench against the city champs overton.
End of 1 Germantown 13 Overton 11
Germantown jumps out early on Overton 7-1
Southwind defeats ridgeway 56-37
Amber Holmes has been unstoppable getting to the basket for layups
End of 3 southwind 41 ridgeway 26
Southwind extending lead along with defensive pressure full court up 31-18
Halftime southwind 21 ridgeway 12
Both teams started off stagnant because of zone defenses.. Southwind making a run with steals and 3 point shooting up 18-8
Early tight game at ridgeway against southwind end of 1: southwind up 6-4

Friday, February 17, 2012

Commercial Appeal Dandy Dozen Girls Basketball Rankings - February 16, 2012

through Tuesday's games

/ Rec / Last Rank /

1. Overton / 21-2 / 2 /
2. Central / 19-6 / 1 /
3. Briarcrest / 25-3 / 3 /
4. MHEA / 33-3 / 4 /
5. Fayette Aca. / 25-1 / 5 /
6. Arlington / 22-3 / 7 /
7. Manassas / 24-3 / 8 /
8. Southaven / 28-1 / 9 /
9. Southwind / 24-6 / 6 /
10. Harding / 21-6 / NR /
11. Ridgeway / 17-6 / NR /
12. Horn Lake / 24-4 / NR /

Cornelia Fondren, Commercial Appeal Player of the Week

Cornelia Fondren, Overton basketball: The 5-9 senior scored 30 points in Saturday's 67-62 overtime win over Central in the MIAA Class AAA city championship game. The Syracuse signee scored 28 of her points in the second half and overtime.

Girls Basketball Scores - February 16, 2012

from CommercialAppeal.com Box Scores




DISTRICT 15-AA TOURNAMENT

Frayser (65) -- Martaranie Banks 8, Angie Barnett 5, Cheryl Dillon 1, LaRaya Fisher 17, TaLeisha Fisher 31, TaNeisha Fisher 1, TaShunda Smith 2.

Douglass (67) -- Keona Coburn 4, Angela Hardy 22, Kirsten Jones 16, Keosha McGhee 9, Benesha Rainey 4, Jashevee Tapplin 4, Keyatta Tyson 6, Kamiyah Ward 2.

Frayser / 12 / 14 / 21 / 18 / -- / 65 /

Douglass / 19 / 13 / 16 / 19 / -- / 67 /

DISTRICT 16-AA TOURNAMENT

Hillcrest (38) -- Jasmine Cunningham 14, Tresha Davis 9, Kenyatta Echols 5, Karina Kelly 8, Destiny Young 2.

Fairley (64) -- Skylynne Bright 1, Essence Brinson 11, Keyonna Brown 7, Lametria Dunn 5, Sylver Ford 4, Jocqueline Gardner 16, Kayla Wade 7, Arkela Ware-Jones 13.

Hillcrest / 8 / 7 / 10 / 13 / -- / 38 /

Fairley / 14 / 15 / 17 / 18 / -- / 64 /


DISTRICT 13-AA TOURNAMENT

Covington (45) -- Iesha Carruthers 10, Precious Dyson 3, Demiah Eaton 9, Precious Harvey 13, Lashundra Somerville 2, Kamesha VanPelt 8.

Dyersburg (37) -- Rachel Gauldin 2, Jaleya Mosley 5, K.K. Tate 16, Jolyta Taylor 5, Myah Taylor 9.

Covington / 10 / 12 / 6 / 17 / -- / 45 /

Dyersburg / 13 / 7 / 8 / 9 / -- / 37 /

Records -- Covington 21-9, Dyersburg 25-6.

DIVISION 2-A WEST REGION

ECS (25) -- Caroline Jamison 5, Kate Jamison 6, Maggie Little 7, Paige Rainer 3, Avery Sippel 4.

Fayette Aca. (61) -- Gracie Cocke 5, Victoria Crawford 16, Sterling Crenshaw 3, Amber Johnson 2, Rebekah Moffett 1, Emily Reeves 7, Samantha Reeves 15, Karley Tapp 3, Addie Tomlin 6, Regan Walker 1, Margy Westbrook 2.

ECS / 4 / 5 / 8 / 8 / -- / 25 /

Fayette Aca. / 20 / 19 / 15 / 7 / -- / 61 /

Records -- Fayette Aca. 26-0.

St. George's (36) -- Brandi Beasley 13, Mary Lauren Bobango 3, Mary Henley Green 2, Olivia Roberts 6, Shelby Sims 2, Brooke Wertner 10.

Harding (62) -- Kristin Betts 2, Ki'ana Christy 12, Janaye Green 3, Toni Jackson 2, Kaylah Keys 22, Emily McCurdy 4, Morgan Murphy 4, Alicia Wetstone 13.

St. George's / 8 / 16 / 9 / 3 / -- / 36 /

Harding / 20 / 14 / 18 / 10 / -- / 62 /

Records -- St. George's 19-8, Harding 22-6.

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Thursday, February 16, 2012

MHSAA NORTH HALF PLAYOFFS SCHEDULE

At Southaven

Friday

6 p.m. – Murrah vs. Southaven

7:30 p.m. – Horn Lake vs. Columbus

Saturday

7 p.m. – Championship


At Oxford

6 p.m. – Lanier vs. Center Hill

7:30 p.m. – Oxford vs. Canton

Saturday

7 p.m. – Championship

Girls Basketball Scores - February 15, 2012

from CommercialAppeal.com Box Scores



DISTRICT 15-AA TOURNAMENT

Trezevant (30) -- Diamond Rigney 4, Kahdejah Stevens 21, Kourtney Walton 3, Marcee Williams 2.

Manassas (60) -- Phikala Anthony 15, Jamie Bond 6, Amisha Gales 2, Denise Johnson 6, Tiffany Jones 18, Jamille Reed 8, Raven Walker 5.

Trezevant / 2 / 9 / 8 / 11 / -- / 30 /

Manassas / 14 / 14 / 14 / 18 / -- / 60 /

DISTRICT 16-AA TOURNAMENT

Sheffield (30) -- Denise Cage 5, Melissa Hickman 12, Charisma Jones 5, Patricia Spearman 8.

Oakhaven (54) -- Tracy Hammer 6, Marshea Lewis 14, Robin McClatchey 3, Lanecion Soward 4, Bridget Webb 4, Briana White 2, Derica Wiggins 11, Asia Woodall 10.

Sheffield / 4 / 10 / 7 / 9 / -- / 30 /

Oakhaven / 18 / 13 / 13 / 10 / -- / 54 /


DISTRICT 16-A TOURNAMENT

Power Center Aca. (16) -- Nessa Edwards 2, Dana Moore 6, White 3, Makaila Wright 5.

Washington (68) -- Rakeisha Curry 12, Renisha Hale 21, Erica Hall 6, Killowanda Parker 10, Terrica Robinson 12, Brandy Shipp 2, Tyernei Vaughn 3, Tyresia Webb 2.

Power Center Aca. / 3 / 4 / 7 / 2 / -- / 16 /

Washington / 14 / 21 / 21 / 12 / -- / 68 /

MASE (25) -- Jennifer Banks 2, Morgan Guy 15, Tisha Moss 3, Leslie Smith 5.

MAHS (64) -- Schkechia Anderson 12, Courtney Berry 2, Jackie Blackwell 3, Chelsea Duckett 10, Kiaia Hawkins 8, Portia Jones 4, Quantricia Page 21, Alexis Wesson 4.

MASE / 5 / 6 / 7 / 7 / -- / 25 /

MAHS / 13 / 12 / 25 / 14 / -- / 64 /

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Southaven dominates Warren Central girls

from CommercialAppeal.com

The Southaven girls basketball team wanted to come up with a unique slogan before the start of the season to complement its unique style of play.

They settled on, "Get it up, get it out, and lay it up."

Now we know why.

That's because for a majority of the season, that is essentially what the Lady Chargers have done in producing one of the best seasons in school history.

Tuesday night, by and large, was no exception against an overmatched Warren Central squad in the first round of the MHSAA Class 6A playoffs. The Lady Chargers extended their unbeaten streak to 28 games by routing the Lady Vikings, 62-35, at Southaven, in a contest that wasn't even that close.

Behind a potent, balanced offensive attack, the Lady Chargers (28-1) wasted little time setting the tone of a contest that was out of reach by intermission.

Southaven raced to an 18-5 lead after the opening eight minutes against Warren Central (8-18) then, thanks to a pivotal 16-0 spurt during a 51/2 minute stretch in the second quarter, witnessed its lead swell to 26 at the half, 43-17.

Girls Basketball Scores - February 14, 2012

from CommercialAppeal.com Box Scores




Craigmont (21) -- Symone Cooper 4, Candice Davis 4, Maurissa Davis 7, Shenequa Foster 3, Miara Holliday 2, Sherrese Moore 1.

Arlington (69) -- Bailey Brewer 5, Alex Ellington 3, Chyna Ellis 5, Logan Hammonds 11, Ariel Hearn 16, Christyn Hopper 14, Kardejah Jamerson 10, Raylin Starks 5.

Craigmont / 7 / 10 / 2 / 2 / -- / 21 /

Arlington / 19 / 19 / 17 / 14 / -- / 69 /

Records -- Arlington 22-3 (10-0, 14AAA).

Millington (60) -- Tiara Caldwell 28, Erin Clark 7, Kaitlyn Dupree 4, Amber Lee 2, Treasure Redding 11, Kendra Richardson 4, Symone Taylor 4.

Bartlett (63) -- Rachell Hughes 16, Destiny James 24, Shuntavia Rodgers 6, Shondria Scruggs 13, Kelsie Torry 4.

Millington / 11 / 20 / 17 / 12 / -- / 60 /

Bartlett / 13 / 16 / 14 / 20 / -- / 63 /

Records -- Millington 14-12 (7-3, 14AAA), Bartlett 16-10 (7-3, 14AAA).

Cordova (31) -- Chenoa Banks 8, Michaela Campbell 4, Dominique Cunningham 5, Breanna Franklin 1, Catrice Katherine 10, Kyanna Terry 3.

Bolton (54) -- Destiny Arnold 1, Rachel Blevins 5, Allison Crookshank 4, Sarnarie Grandberry 6, Abriona Hall 6, Lauren Hubbard 4, Megan Morris 11, Alex Wherry 6, Ashley Winston 11.

Cordova / 5 / 10 / 4 / 12 / -- / 31 /

Bolton / 10 / 11 / 14 / 19 / -- / 54 /

Records -- Bolton 12-14 (4-6).

Wooddale (54) -- Jeri Crain 12, Elexa Guy 2, Teresa Mays 16, Jai Sanders 6, Kairneisha Trent 15, Davasady Wilborn 3.

Collierville (58) -- Katherine Allen 8, Lindsey Allen 4, Brittany Becton 9, Jessica Brown 19, Monica Brown 7, Caitlin Hamm 9, Jessica Lopez 2.

Wooddale / 13 / 9 / 19 / 11 / 2 / -- / 54 /

Collierville / 12 / 18 / 12 / 10 / 6 / -- / 58 /

Records -- Wooddale 11-13 (3-11), Collierville 12-15 (7-7, 15 AAA).

Southwind (60) -- Chelsea Baines 8, Bianca Cage 10, Quinesha Farmer 9, Amber Holmes 16, Jasmine McAlister 10, Monia Sanders 4, Erin Wilson 3.

Germantown (46) -- Tia Allen 9, Tierra Clay 5, Brittany Parmenter 8, Timmia Sanders 2, Alex Thompson 22.

Southwind / 14 / 6 / 19 / 21 / -- / 60 /

Germantown / 11 / 9 / 6 / 20 / -- / 46 /

Records -- Southwind 24-5 (10-4, 15 AAA), Germantown 18-8 (9-5).

Briarcrest (68) -- Dakota Doss 18, Lauren Douglas 17, Erin Dunseath 7, Emoni Harvey 8, Brynn Holden 4, Elise Holden 5, Bailey Kramer 2, Samantha McColgan 1, M.C. McDaniel 2, Kathryn Newman 2, Laura Selak 2.

Hutchison (33) -- Margaret Cates 11, Lizzie Folk 3, Lawrence Jones 4, Caroline Kelley 4, Maggie Leavell 2, Reba Moody 2, Sandy Smith 7.

Briarcrest / 18 / 11 / 18 / 21 / -- / 68 /

Hutchison / 7 / 10 / 8 / 8 / -- / 33 /

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Overton breaks into National Ranking

After defeating Central in the city championship game on Saturday, Overton breaks into the ESPN Hoopgurlz POWERADE FAB 50 Rankings at 49th. Central drops from 28th to 50th.

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Inaugural MIAA Middle School All 8th Grade All-Star Game Roster

The MIAA is hosting its first annual Middle School All 8th Grade All-Star Game This Saturday at Northside High School. The event will tip off at 2:00pm.


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Mississippi Top Performers: Week of February 6-12

from ClarionLedger.com

DAMETRIS ANDERSON, Ashland: Scored 29 points in an 82-49 win over West Union.

BRIANNA BABER, Weir: Scored 30 points in a 65-56 loss to East Oktibbeha.

OCTAVIA BARNES, Hinds AHS: Scored 27 points in a 72-27 win over Piney Woods.

JASMINE BUSH, Southeast Lauderdale: Totaled 34 points and 29 rebounds in a win over Newton and a loss to Choctaw Central.

JERONTAY CLEMONS, Coldwater: Scored 37 points in a win over Ashland and 52 in an overtime loss to Byers.

Girls Basketball Scores - February 13, 2012

from CommercialAppeal.com Box Scores




Central Baptist (29) -- Lauren Carson 1, Emily Cooper 2, Erin Gay 6, Chelsea Sparks 2, Joanna Word 18.

Hutchison (53) -- Margaret Cates 8, Lizzie Folk 6, Llewellyn Hall 4, Elizabeth Jones 5, Lawrence Jones 7, Caroline Kelley 2, Maggie Leavell 6, Reba Moody 1, Sandy Smith 10, Shelton Wittenberg 2, Caroline Kyle 2.

Central Baptist / 4 / 10 / 9 / 6 / -- / 29 /

Hutchison / 10 / 14 / 12 / 17 / -- / 53 /

Records -- Hutchison 7-17.


DISTRICT 15-AA TOURNAMENT

Raleigh-Egypt (44) -- Clarissa Duvall 15, Brenda Fields 18, Kiera Hanley 2, Junesha Horton 1, Jerical Isom 6, Irena James 2.

Trezevant (61) -- Ashleigh Magee 14, Rayeasha Nelson 2, Diamond Rigney 9, Kahdejah Stevens 27, Kourtney Walton 2, Marcee Williams 6, Andrea Willis 1.

Raleigh-Egypt / 15 / 12 / 6 / 11 / -- / 44 /

Trezevant / 8 / 19 / 13 / 21 / -- / 61 /

Records -- Trezevant 9-13.

DISTRICT 16-AA TOURNAMENT

Sheffield (41) -- Denise Cage 11, Jasmine Guy 8, Melissa Hickman 20, Tanisha Williams 2.

Carver (38) -- Mishundra Mason 19, Octavia Moore 4, Samantha Smith 2, Lyrie Stallings 2, Vernisha Stamps 5, Arneisha Wilkins 6.

Sheffield / 8 / 11 / 8 / 14 / -- / 41 /

Carver / 11 / 5 / 10 / 12 / -- / 38 /

Records -- Sheffield 5-15, Carver 7-12.

MHSAA CLASS 6A NORTH HALF

FIRST ROUND

Horn Lake (55) -- Brittani Biggins 10, Daneisha Dillard 5, Jasmine Edwards 11, Brittany Grant 8, Savannah Kimmons 12, Alondrea Rush 9.

Greenville Weston (30) -- Wright 16, Barnes 6, Page 5, Dukes 3.

Horn Lake / 16 / 2 / 18 / 19 / -- / 55 /

Greenville Weston / 7 / 10 / 11 / 2 / -- / 30 /

Records -- Horn Lake 24-4.

Horn Lake girls earn fourth straight trip to North Half tournament

from CommercialAppeal.com

The Horn Lake girls basketball team had to take to the road for the first round of the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 6A playoffs today, but that certainly didn't deter the Lady Eagles from accomplishing their mission: A spot in this weekend's North Half Tournament.

The squad coached by Janna Lyons earned its fourth consecutive trip to the North Half tourney by defeating Greenville-Weston, 55-30.

While Friday's opponent is known -- Horn Lake plays Columbus at 7:30 p.m. -- the exact location is to be determined. Should Southaven beat Warren Central Tuesday, North Half will be at Southaven. Should Warren Central prevail, Columbus, a 63-34 winner over Northwest Rankin, will host the four-team tournament.

In improving to 24-4, Horn Lake erupted in the second half to break open a close game at the break.

"We didn't play particularly strong in the first half," said Lyons, whose club led 18-17 at halftime. "I don't know whether it was the (bus) ride or nerves, but we went into the locker room, made the adjustments and made some big runs in the second half."

Offensively, Savannah Kimmons paced Horn Lake with 12 points, while Jasmine Edwards and Brittani Biggins added 11 and 10, respectively.

"It was definitely a collective effort," said Lyons, who received a combined 17 points from Alondrea Rush and Brittany Grant.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Final Tennessee AP Girls Basketball Poll Rankings

released February 13, 2012


Class AAA

Record Pts Prv

1. Riverdale (12) 24-3 164 1
2. Science Hill (4) 29-0 158 2
3. Clarksville (2) 29-0 140 3
4. Bradley Central 27-1 113 5
5. Memphis Overton 20-2 101 7
6. Mt. Juliet 26-2 96 6
7. Memphis Central 19-6 80 4
8. Morristown East 23-4 45 9
9. Blackman 20-4 40 8
10. Tennessee 24-4 15 NR

Mississippi Region Championship Recaps

from CommercialAppeal.com

Center Hill 50, Hernando 41: The Lady Mustangs’ Class 5A coming-out-party continued with a district title Friday night.

Center Hill (24-3), which spent the previous four seasons in Class 4A, extended its 1-5A undefeated streak to eight games by overcoming a 25-24 halftime deficit and outscoring the Lady Tigers, 26-16, in the second half.

Senior combo guard Jasmine Golden registered a team-high 16 points before fouling out with 15.8 seconds remaining in the fourth and was the lone player to score in double figures for the Lady Mustangs.

Center Hill, who clinched their fourth consecutive playoff berth, will host Region 3-5A runner-up Starkville in Monday’s opening round of the North Half State Tournament at 7 p.m.

Arica Wallace’s 16 points led Hernando, which also advanced to the playoffs and will travel Monday to Canton.

“It was a hard win,” Golden said. “We struggled, but we got over it. We played hard for it. I was a little nervous, being in this new classification.”


In Region 1-6A


Southaven won the girls region title and improved to 27-1 on the year by beating Horn Lake, 56-46. Olivia Cunningham scored 14 to lead a balanced Southaven attack. The Chargers will host Warren Central on Monday in the North Half playoffs, while Horn Lake will play at Greenville.

Girls Basketball Scores - February 10, 2012

from CommercialAppeal.com Box Scores




Cordova (34) -- Chenoa Banks 1, Michaela Campbell 18, Breanna Franklin 4, Catrice Katherine 9, Kyanna Terry 2.

Bartlett (72) -- Kelsey Baker 9, Kelly Howard 3, Rachell Hughes 22, Destiny James 14, Christine McGarry 2, Shelby Organ 7, Shuntavia Rodgers 10, Treazure Rogers 5.

Cordova / 18 / 5 / 2 / 9 / -- / 34 /

Bartlett / 13 / 22 / 23 / 14 / -- / 72 /

Records -- Bartlett 15-10 (6-3, 14AAA).

Lausanne (45) -- Asha Bell 11, Jay Bradley 6, Rickelle Henry 2, Melba Martin 5, Marissa Miles 3, Phoebe O'Connor 4, Reagan Patrick 6, Caroline Rollosson 8.

Bishop Byrne (25) -- Alexis Fossett 3, Alex Henderson 6, Chelsee Jefferson 5, Brandi Whittaker 10, Casha Le Willis 1.

Lausanne / 6 / 24 / 8 / 7 / -- / 45 /

Bishop Byrne / 7 / 6 / 6 / 6 / -- / 25 /

Hernando (41) -- Lucy Bireman 2, Savannah McCann 9, Jaye Oakley 6, India Overstreet 3, Aaliyaha Thornton 5, Arica Wallace 16.

Center Hill (50) -- Erin Cross 7, Jasmine Golden 16, Kiara Golden 8, Courtney Hopkins 4, Kaelin Kneeland 5, Ciera White 7, Courtney White 3.

Hernando / 12 / 13 / 7 / 9 / -- / 41 /

Center Hill / 14 / 10 / 16 / 10 / -- / 50 /

Records -- Center Hill 24-5.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Cornelia Fondren leads Overton in City Championship

from CommercialAppeal.com

(2) Overton 67, (1) Central 62 (OT)

Overton won its second consecutive MIAA AAA girls basketball city championship Saturday at White Station, thanks to a little bit of luck and a whole lot of Cornelia Fondren.

The Lady Wolverines survived a ferocious comeback by top-ranked Central and held on to win in overtime, 67-62. The Lady Warriors forced the extra session with a fourth-quarter rally that saw them erase a 46-33 deficit after three quarters.

The Lady Warriors (19-6) still trailed by three with 0.5 seconds remaining in regulation. They got the ball to Aaliyah Whiteside and the Georgia Tech signee buried a 3-pointer from the top of the key to tie it -- and drew the foul. But she missed the free throw, giving Overton a chance to regroup.

"I said in the huddle before overtime, 'God has got to be on our side,'" said Wolverines coach Lynn Smith. "Aaliyah's a great shooter; if she took that shot again tomorrow she'd make it again. But we just kept our focus."

Said Fondren, "I was so surprised when she missed the free throw."

Overton (21-2 and ranked second in The Commercial Appeal's Dandy Dozen) kept its focus and pulled away in the overtime. The catalyst -- as she had been all game -- was Fondren.

The senior, who will play at Syracuse next season, was named the game's Most Valuable Player. She scored 30 points -- 28 in the second half and overtime -- and had the thankless task of chasing Central's Nina Davis around the floor for much of the game.

"My teammates picked me up," said Fondren, still teary-eyed moments after the game. "Right before overtime I was kind of upset but my teammates told me that they needed me."

Fondren's performance earned rave reviews from Central coach Niki Bray.

"She's the most explosive player I've seen in girls basketball," she said.

Overton also got a strong performance from its inside force, Cortrice Golden, who finished with 12 points.

Davis led the Lady Warriors with 25 points, while Whiteside added 15.


Overton (67) -- Philecia Atkins 10, Kelsey Briggs 6, Cornelia Fondren 35, Catrice Golden 12, Breanna Neal 4.

Central (62) -- Nina Davis 25, Tia Hyman 3, Marissa Knox 6, Jalen O'Bannon 7, Aaliyah Whiteside 14, Tia Wooten 7.

Overton / 13 / 11 / 22 / 8 / 13 / -- / 67 /

Central / 11 / 9 / 13 / 21 / 8 / -- / 62 /

Records -- Central 19-6.





In other City Championship games

Manassas 57, Oakhaven 42: Tiffnay Jones scored 23 points as the Lady Tigers won the AA title for the second straight year, despite a lackluster performance.

"We didn't really do anything well, to be honest," said coach Tommy Warren after watching his team improve to 24-3. "We missed too many free throws .. but all the credit goes to the girls. Hopefully this will give us some momentum heading into the district tournament."

Derrica Wiggins scored 10 points for the Hawks, who trailed by 14 at halftime and got to within five points twice in the second half.


Booker T. Washington 37, MAHS 36: Freshman Renisha Hale scored in the paint with two seconds left to cap a frantic final few seconds and give the Lady Warriors (22-1) the title.

"She was on the bench crying, thinking we had lost," said BTW coach Derek Hunter. "I told her, 'Hey, we still need you.'"

Terrica Robinson scored on a drive with 16 seconds left to tie it at 35 for BTW and was fouled. She missed the free throw and Kiara Hawkins hit 1-of-2 from the line to put MAHS up by one with 10 seconds to go.

Hale earned MVP honors after scoring 16 points. Senior Quatricia Page scored 10 to lead the Lady Lions (13-11), who made their first appearance in the city championship game.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Southaven wins 56- 46
Game getting heated... Souhaven up by 8 2:41 to go
End of 3 Southaven 39 Hornlake 35
Southaven on a run up 37-31
Savannah Kimmons is hurt maybe just cramps
Number 30 for horn lake may be small but she has handles and heart
Horn lake has played slow basketball running their offense.. Southaven has been out of control and rushing.. Horn lake has taken the lead at the half 20-19
Southaven playing out of control they up by 5
After 1 Southaven 11 Hornlake 9 .... Savannah Kimmons keeping horn lake in game with her shooting at short corner extended area
Southaven Jasmine Joyner with 2 blocks 2 points first minute of game . Southaven 4 zip on horn lake

Today's basketball Schedule

Girls/boys, 6/7:30 p.m.

Hamilton at Oakhaven
Germantown at Collierville
Overton at Houston
Kirby at Wooddale
Southwind at Ridgeway
Cordova at Bartlett
Arlington at Bolton
Millington at Craigmont
Middle College at City University
Briarcrest at St. Benedict
Lausanne at Bishop Byrne
FACS at ECS
Harding at Catholic
Fayette Academy at Tipton-Rosemark Aca.
USJ at Rossville Christian

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Boys only, 7:30 p.m.

MUS at CBHS

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Girls only, 6 p.m.

Hutchison at St. Agnes
SBEC at St. Mary's

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MHSAA Region 1-6A tournament at DeSoto Central

6 p.m. -- Girls championship, Southaven vs. Horn Lake.
7:30 p.m. -- Boys championship, DeSoto Central vs. Olive Branch

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MHSAA Region 1-5A tournament at Lake Cormorant

6 p.m. -- Girls championship, Center Hill vs. Hernando
7:30 p.m. -- Boys championship, Lake Cormorant vs. Hernando

Girls Basketball Scores - February 9, 2012

from CommercialAppeal.com Box Scores



Whitehaven (59) -- Laka Blache 12, Tierra Coleman 15, Keonda Fields 5, Jessica Howard 4, Maia McCoy 7, Kenesha Odum 8, Tenesha Wright 8.

Central (92) -- Nina Davis 24, Tia Hyman 3, Marissa Knox 2, Jalen O'Bannon 10, Aaliyah Whiteside 33, Tia Wooten 20.

Whitehaven / 8 / 20 / 15 / 16 / -- / 59 /

Central / 28 / 22 / 30 / 12 / -- / 92 /

Records -- Whitehaven 18-6 (6-4, 16AAA), Central 19-5 (10-0, 16AAA).

Hamilton (50) -- Laquia Cage 6, Brandy Davis 3, Sarita Jackson 2, Briauna Mitchell 13, Erica Shipp 12, Tieasha Williams 5, Keonna McDonald 9.

East (77) -- Zantrell Brown 9, Antesha Carnes-Marshall 6, Shakeva Dorsey 1, Lyre Douglas 6, Nykie Grandberry 8, Janeka Mason 8, Kay'la McKinney 5, Jarbeshia White 16, Janeka Williams 16, Alexys Young 2.

Hamilton / 11 / 13 / 17 / 9 / -- / 50 /

East / 18 / 16 / 26 / 17 / -- / 77 /

Records -- East 11-7.

Frayser (43) -- Martaranie Banks 2, Angie Barnett 2, Cheryl Dillon 6, LaRaya Fisher 8, TaLeisha Fisher 21, LaKeisha Holmes 4.

Hillcrest (54) -- Jasmine Cunningham 14, Tresha Davis 9, Kenyatta Echols 7, Ashley Jones 5, Karina Kelly 19.

Frayser / 9 / 9 / 5 / 20 / -- / 43 /

Hillcrest / 12 / 12 / 15 / 15 / -- / 54 /

Records -- Hillcrest 13-8.

MASE (35) -- Jennifer Banks 14, Cierra Dozier 3, Morgan Guy 13, Tisha Moss 5.

MBA (77) -- K. Caswell 29, T. Clark 6, V. Lust 2, J. Summerville 2, J. Thompson 2, D. Watts 36.

MASE / 8 / 10 / 7 / 10 / -- / 35 /

MBA / 27 / 17 / 23 / 10 / -- / 77 /

Records -- MBA 11-7 (8-6, 15A).

Sheffield (34) -- Denise Cage 5, Raven Cathey 3, Jasmine Guy 4, Melissa Hickman 11, Tanisha Williams 11.

Mitchell (27) -- Erica Jackson 4, Crystal Johnson 16, Equria Patterson 5, Jessica Williams 2.

Sheffield / 7 / 13 / 7 / 7 / -- / 34 /

Mitchell / 9 / 4 / 8 / 6 / -- / 27 /

Records -- Sheffield 5-16 (2-8, 16AA), Mitchell 2-17 (2-8, 16AA).

MAHS (33) -- Schkechia Anderson 5, Jackie Blackwell 5, Kiara Chambers 6, Kiaia Hawkins 7, Quantricia Page 6, Alexis Wesson 4.

Northside (28) -- Shirley Clayborn 15, Brittany Peete 6, J. Pitman 3, Joy Westbrook 2, Keosha Wilson 2.

MAHS / 4 / 12 / 5 / 12 / -- / 33 /

Northside / 6 / 5 / 8 / 9 / -- / 28 /

Records -- Northside 11-8.

MHEA (58) -- Jasmyne Hurley 2, Torri Lewis 18, Bethany Lytle 24, Leah Lytle 4, Sarah Lytle 7, Adrianna Sanders 3.

St. Agnes (23) -- Katie Connor 11, Caroline Cook 4, Wallace Jenkins 3, Abby Knight 2, Tatiana Love 3.

MHEA / 10 / 12 / 20 / 16 / -- / 58 /

St. Agnes / 8 / 4 / 3 / 8 / -- / 23 /

Records -- St. Agnes 8-15.

Westwood (45) -- Barker 4, Aniya Bolden 17, Alexandria Cole 8, LaDonna Jones 5, G. Kirkland 9, Andrea Shepherd 2.

Washington (51) -- Rakeisha Curry 6, Renisha Hale 12, Tierney Keaton 6, Deneisha Lane 8, Killowanda Parker 6, Brandy Shipp 7, Tyresia Webb 6.

Westwood / 8 / 11 / 11 / 15 / -- / 45 /

Washington / 11 / 16 / 12 / 12 / -- / 51 /

Records -- Washington 21-1 (18-0, 16A).

2012 McDonald’s All American High School Basketball Roster Announced

The 2012 McDonald's All-American girls' game will be held March 28 (7 p.m. ET on ESPNU) at the United Center in Chicago.

Watch the McDonald's Selection Show Below




Click here for roster

2012 WBC High School All-American Roster Annouced

The Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) announced the participants for the 2012 WBCA High School All-America Game presented by NIKE on Wednesday. The nation's top 20 high school senior girls' basketball players have been selected to compete in the annual game.

The 21st annual All-America Game, which is held as part of the WBCA National Convention, will be played Saturday, March 31, 2012, at the Pepsi Center, in Denver, site of the 2012 NCAA® Women's Final Four®. Tipoff is 4:30 p.m. MT. For the third consecutive year, the game will be played on the official NCAA Women's Final Four court. The 20 players will be divided into two 10-player teams for the game, which will be played according to NCAA rules.

Name School Hometown Signed
Jordan Adams Mater Dei HS Irvine, Calif. USC
Kahleah Copper Prep Charter HS Philadelphia, Pa. Rutgers
Nirra Fields Mater Dei HS South Euclid, Ohio UCLA
Bashaara Graves Clarksville HS Clarksville, Tenn. Tennessee
Malina Howard Twinsburg HS Twinsburg, Ohio Maryland
Moriah Jefferson Texas Home Ed Sports Assoc. Glenn Heights, Texas Connecticut
Alexis Jones MacArthur HS Irving, Texas Duke
Jasmine Jones Bob Jones HS Madison, Ala. Undeclared
Jonquel Jones Riverdale Baptist HS Ellicott City, Md. Clemson
Jordan Jones DeSoto HS DeSoto, Texas Texas A&M
Nicole Kornet Liberty Christian School Lantana, Texas Oklahoma
Jewell Loyd Niles West HS Lincolnwood, Ill. Notre Dame
Michaela Mabrey Manasquan HS Holmdel, N.J. Notre Dame
Xylina McDaniel Spring Valley HS Blythewood, S.C. North Carolina
Tierney Pfirman South Williamsport HS Williamsport, Pa. Maryland
Alexis Prince Edgewater HS Maitland, Fla. Baylor
Imani Stafford Windward School Los Angeles, Calif. Texas
Breanna Stewart Cicero-North Syracuse HS North Syracuse, N.Y. Connecticut
Morgan Tuck Bolingbrook HS Bolingbrook, Ill. Connecticut
Courtney Williams North Shore HS Houston, Texas Texas A&M

Click here for more information

Thursday, February 9, 2012

2012 TMSAA Large Middle School State Sectional Championship Bracket Update

Tournament held at Tigrett Middle School 716 Westwood Ave. Jackson, TN 38301

Monday, February 6
Mt. Pisgah vs Tigrett @ 6pm
Schilling Farms vs Havenview @ 7:30pm

Wednesday, February 8
Hickory Ridge vs Mt. Pisgah winner @ 6pm
Snowden vs Schilling Farms winner @ 7:30pm

Friday, February 10
Mt. Pisgah vs Snowden Championship at 6pm

Mississippi Top Performers: Week of Jan. 30-Feb. 5

LAUREL BANE, Jackson Prep: Scored 24 points in a win over East Rankin and had 20 points and 11 rebounds in a victory over Starkville Academy.

TYNIKA BENDER, Newton: Scored 34 points in a 90-71 loss to Choctaw Central.

TAYLOR BRISTER, Lawrence County: Had 23 points and 9 rebounds in a 69-65 win over North Pike.

CHRISTA BROWN, South Panola: Averaged 32 points in wins over Lake Cormorant and Water Valley.

JASMINE BUSH, Southeast Lauderdale: Had 30 points and 16 rebounds in a 65-38 win over Heidelberg.

SAMANTHA CLEMTS, Forrest AHS: Had 22 points and 7 steals in a 72-28 win over Greene County.

LASHYRA COTTON, East Side: Totaled 44 points, 24 rebounds and 14 blocks in a win over Cleveland and a loss to Velma Jackson.

KRISTEN DIXON, Choctaw Central: Scored 26 and 22 points in wins over Newton and Southeast Lauderdale.

ABBY DUNSTON, Simpson Academy: Scored 33 points in a 73-31 win over Jackson Victors.

ALECHA GIBBS, Richland: Had 26 points and 12 rebounds in a 60-34 win over Magee.

ASPRIONA GILBERT, Myrtle: Scored 33 and 30 points in wins over Hickory Flat and Potts Camp.

JASMINE GOLDEN, Center Hill: Scored 34 points in a 70-27 win over Lewisburg.

EUGENA GRIGSBY, Hinds AHS: Scored 31 points in a 75-49 win over Piney Woods.

QUEEN HAYES, Southaven: Scored 27 points in a 74-46 win over Hernando.

CARMESHA NALLS, McClain: Had 29 points, 8 rebounds, 7 steals and 5 assists in a 62-50 win over Leland.

QUANTESHA PATTERSON, East Webster: Scored 31 points in a 46-41 loss to Weir.

HANNAH PEOPLES, Leake Academy: Scored 22 and 25 points in wins over Wayne Academy and Kemper Academy.

MAGGIE PROFFITT, Columbus: Scored 27 and 32 points in wins over West Oktibbeha and Aliceville (Ala.).

NOCKEYIA QUALLS, Forest: Totaled 41 points, 10 steals and 9 assists in wins over St. Andrew's and Morton.

CATELYN SPANE, Terry: Had 26 points and 11 rebounds in a 55-50 overtime win over Northwest Rankin.

VICTORIA VIVIANS, Scott Central: Scored 42 points in a win over Union and 27 in a loss to Clarkdale.

ARIEL WILSON, McLaurin: Scored 25 points in a 55-37 win over St. Andrew's.

TERAH WINBORNE, Brookhaven Academy: Scored 29 points in a win over Simpson and 20 in a loss to Presbyterian Christian.

BRIANNA WRIGHT, Greenville-Weston: Scored 24 and 20 points in victories over Humphreys County and Yazoo City.

Danielle Ballard makes Hoopgurlz Senior All Star Team

With two major high school All-American teams being named during the coming week the McDonalds and Women's Baseketball Coaches Association teams -- Brandon Clay and Keil Moore of ESPN HoopGurlz's Eastern half made 10 selections from their side of the Mississippi River.

The McDonald's All-American teams will be announced at 5 p.m. (EST) Thursday, on ESPNU.

East Team Summary | West Team Summary

East
(17) Kahleah Copper (PA), 6-1 F
(24) Danielle Ballard (TN), 5-9 PG
(5) Bashaara Graves (TN), 6-2 F
(20) Andraya Carter (GA), 5-7 PG
(7) Malina Howard (OH), 6-4 C
(36) Jonquel Jones (MD), 6-2 F
(11) Brianna Butler (PA), 5-11 PG/G
(33) Michaela Mabrey (NJ), 5-9 G
(16) Alexis Prince (FL), 6-2 W
(1) Breanna Stewart (NY), 6-4 PF/C

West
(6) Jordan Adams (CA), 6-1 G
(21) Katie Collier (WA), 6-3 F
(11) Nirra Fields (CA), 5-9 G
(2) Moriah Jefferson (TX), 5-7 PG
(3) Alexis Jones (TX), PG/G
(14) Jordan Jones (TX), 5-6 PG
(4) Jewell Loyd (IL), 5-9 G
(10) Imani Stafford (CA), 6-7 P
(15) Morgan Tuck (IL), 6-2 F
(9) Courtney Williams (TX), 6-1 W

Commercial Appeal Dandy Dozen Girls Basketball Rankings - February 9, 2012

through Tuesday's game

/ Rec / Last Rank /

1. Central / 18-5 / 1 /
2. Overton / 18-2 / 2 /
3. Briarcrest / 23-3 / 3 /
4. MHEA / 31-3 / 4 /
5. FAYETTE ACADEMY / 24-1 / 6 /
6. SOUTHWIND / 23-5 / 5 /
7. Arlington / 19-3 / 7 /
8. Manassas / 22-3 / 8 /
9. Southaven / 26-1 / 9 /
10. Whitehaven / 18-5 / 10 /
11. Germantown / 17-7 / 11 /
12. Harding / 20-6 / 12 /

Bianca Cage, Commercial Appeal Player of the Week

Bianca Cage, Southwind: Cage, a 5-8 senior guard, set the state 3-point record in last Friday's victory over Kirby, connecting on 13-of-20 attempts from behind the arc while scoring a career-high 48 points. She followed that up with three more 3s and 23 points overall in Tuesday's 44-43 loss to District 15-AAA champion Overton.

Girls Basketball Scores - February 8, 2012

from CommercialAppeal.com Box Scores



Trezevant (35) -- Tierney Burnett 2, Ashleigh Magee 5, Rayeasha Nelson 3, Diamond Rigney 3, Kahdejah Stevens 9, Marcee Williams 12, Andrea Willis 1.

Oakhaven (60) -- Tracy Hammer 7, Marshea Lewis 18, Robin McClatchey 2, Lanecion Soward 6, Briana White 2, Derica Wiggins 12, Asia Woodall 13.

Trezevant / 5 / 10 / 8 / 12 / -- / 35 /

Oakhaven / 9 / 19 / 24 / 8 / -- / 60 /

Records -- Oakhaven 13-8 (11-1, 16AA).

MHEA (58) -- Jasmyne Hurley 2, Torri Lewis 18, Bethany Lytle 24, Leah Lytle 4, Sarah Lytle 7, Adrianna Sanders 3.

St. Agnes (23) -- Katie Connor 11, Caroline Cook 4, Wallace Jenkins 3, Abby Knight 2, Tatiana Love 3.

MHEA / 10 / 12 / 20 / 16 / -- / 58 /

St. Agnes / 8 / 4 / 3 / 8 / -- / 23 /

Records -- St. Agnes 8-15.


LATE TUESDAY

St. Mary's (28) -- Mia Blanton 2, Kristen Haltom 1, Sutton MacQueen 2, Mary Caroline Newman 7, Lauren Pate 4, Kaylan Pugh 12.

Lausanne (45) -- Asha Bell 9, Jay Bradley 25, Phoebe O'Connor 2, Reagan Patrick 9.

St. Mary's / 5 / 10 / 6 / 7 / -- / 28 /

Lausanne / 12 / 16 / 11 / 6 / -- / 45 /

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

MIAA City Championships Game Schedule --This Saturday

MIAA games set: The MIAA City Championships will be held Saturday at White Station, with champions being crowned in six categories.

The action starts at 1 p.m. as Booker T. Washington takes on MAHS in the Class A girls final. The Class A boys final follows at 2:30 p.m. with BTW taking on Westwood. At 4 p.m. is the Class AA girls game between Oakhaven and Manassas. That will be followed at 5:30 p.m. by the Class AA boys final, which will feature Raleigh-Egypt against the winner of Thursday's Mitchell-Sheffield game.

Central and Overton, the top two teams in the Dandy Dozen, meet at 7 p.m. in the AAA girls final, followed at 8:30 by Melrose and top-ranked Ridgeway in the AAA boys final.

Overton girls claims 15-AAA title

image and story from CommercialAppeal.com

Overton's Philecia Atkins (left), who finished with 11 points, battles Southwind's Jasmine McAllister for a loose ball.


They had to dance, improvise and hustle like mad, but Overton's girls finally laid what's quickly becoming the same old tune on rival Southwind, escaping with a 44-43 home win Tuesday night to clinch the District 15-AAA regular-season title.

Syracuse-bound Cornelia Fondren scored 14 points, and was a constant energy source for the Wolverines (18-2, 11-1). Sophomore Philecia Atkins added 11 despite outside shooting struggles. But it was UT-Martin signee Cortrice Golden who came off the bench with six of her 10 points in the final quarter and two big plays down the stretch.

Southaven girls win region semifinal over DeSoto Central

from CommercialAppeal.com

Gayle Morgan starred three years at forward for the Southaven girls basketball team from 1987-91.

This year, however, she felt it was essential that she get back in the habit of supporting the Lady Chargers.

She couldn’t have picked a better time to return to her old stomping ground, considering Southaven is enjoying arguably is best season in school history.

In Tuesday night’s semifinals of the MHSAA Region 1-6A tournament, the surging Lady Chargers extended their undefeated streak to a school-record 26 games by coasting to 57-36 victory over host DeSoto Central at Shan Whiteside Memorial Gymnasium.

Girls Basketball Scores - February 7, 2012

from CommercialAppeal.com Box Scores




Arlington (64) -- Chyna Ellis 8, Logan Hammonds 16, Ariel Hearn 10, Christyn Hopper 10, Kardejah Jamerson 12, Raylin Starks 8.

Bartlett (54) -- Madison Carroll 1, Rachell Hughes 4, Destiny James 35, Shuntavia Rodgers 4, Shondria Scruggs 3, Kelsie Torry 7.

Arlington / 14 / 20 / 19 / 11 / -- / 64 /

Bartlett / 13 / 4 / 14 / 23 / -- / 54 /

Records -- Arlington 20-3 (8-0, 14-AAA), Bartlett 14-10 (5-3).

Crockett Co. (15) -- Nicole Bernard 4, Nicole Richardson 4, Lanie Riley 4, Katie Williams 1, Maria Ashley 2.

Covington (48) -- Precious Dyson 3, Demiah Eaton 9, Precious Harvey 17, Allie Moss 7, Lashundra Somerville 6, Iesha Tipton 2, Anne Marie Van Cleve 1, Kamesha VanPelt 3.

Crockett Co. / 6 / 7 / 0 / 2 / -- / 15 /

Covington / 16 / 10 / 19 / 3 / -- / 48 /

Records -- Crockett Co. 0-26 (0-17), Covington 18-9 (12-5, 13 AA).

Bolton (45) -- Destiny Arnold 5, Rachel Blevins 4, Kayla Bolden 17, Sarnarie Grandberry 4, Abriona Hall 2, Megan Morris 2, Alex Wherry 7, Ashley Winston 4.

Craigmont (40) -- Natalie Campbell 5, Symone Cooper 3, Candice Davis 17, Maurissa Davis 6, April Eggleston 3, Miara Holliday 5, Sherrese Moore 1.

Bolton / 9 / 11 / 20 / 5 / -- / 45 /

Craigmont / 8 / 14 / 8 / 10 / -- / 40 /

Records -- Bolton 9-13 (3-5, 14-AAA), Craigmont 4-14 (1-7).

Girls Basketball Standings through Monday

District 14-AAA

District / / Overall

/ W / L / Pct. / / W / L / Pct.

Arlington / 7 / 0 / 1.000 / / 19 / 3 / .864
Bartlett / 5 / 2 / .714 / / 14 / 9 / .609
Millington / 5 / 2 / .714 / / 12 / 11 / .522
Bolton / 2 / 5 / .286 / / 8 / 13 / .381
Craigmont / 1 / 6 / .143 / / 4 / 13 / .235
Cordova / 1 / 6 / .143 / / 3 / 14 / .176

District 15-AAA

District / / Overall

/ W / L / Pct. / / W / L / Pct.

Overton / 10 / 1 / .909 / / 17 / 2 / .895
Southwind / 9 / 2 / .818 / / 23 / 4 / .852
Ridgeway / 8 / 3 / .727 / / 14 / 6 / .700
Germantown / 7 / 4 / .636 / / 16 / 7 / .696
Collierville / 5 / 6 / .455 / / 10 / 14 / .417
Houston / 3 / 8 / .273 / / 11 / 11 / .500
Wooddale / 2 / 9 / .182 / / 10 / 11 / .476
Kirby / 0 / 11 / .000 / / 3 / 20 / .130

Girls Basketball Stat Leaders

through Monday Games

SCORING / / / / CL / G / PTS / AVG

Kaylan Pugh / St. Mary's / / FR / 18 / 468 / 26.00
Kaylah Keys / Harding / / / JR / 25 / 562 / 22.48
Demi Watts / MBA / / / SR / 10 / 222 / 22.20
Bianca Cage / Southwind / / SR / 26 / 549 / 21.12
Derica Wiggins / Oakhaven / / SO / 22 / 446 / 20.27
Nina Davis / Central / / / JR / 23 / 436 / 18.96
Ariel Hearn / Arlington / / SR / 21 / 390 / 18.57
Shirley Clayborn / Northside / / JR / 9 / 167 / 18.56
Kahdejah Stevens / Trezevant / / SO / 19 / 352 / 18.53
Tiffany Jones / Manassas / / JR / 26 / 471 / 18.12
Destiny James / Bartlett / / / SR / 20 / 354 / 17.70
Kiara Caswell / MBA / / / FR / 10 / 172 / 17.20
Lauren Douglas / Briarcrest / / SR / 21 / 354 / 16.86
TaLeisha Fisher / Frayser / / / SR / 13 / 219 / 16.85
Angela Hardy / Douglass / / SR / 20 / 322 / 16.10
Watesha McNeal / Fayette-Ware / / SR / 21 / 331 / 15.76
Aaliyah Whiteside / Central / / / SR / 23 / 357 / 15.52
Philecia Atkins / Overton / / / SO / 19 / 290 / 15.26
Janeka Williams / East / / / JR / 14 / 209 / 14.93
Terrica Robinson / Washington / / JR / 11 / 160 / 14.55

REBOUNDING / / / / CL / G / REB / AVG

Tiffany Givens / Carver / / / SR / 12 / 222 / 18.50
Angela Hardy / Douglass / / SR / 18 / 213 / 11.83
Lauren Douglas / Briarcrest / / SR / 20 / 224 / 11.20
DeErica Blakely / St. Benedict / / SR / 25 / 275 / 11.00
Kahdeja Stevens / Trezevant / / SO / 17 / 183 / 10.76

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Today's basketball Schedule

Girls/boys, 6/7:30 p.m.

White Station at East
Raleigh-Egypt at Hamilton
Melrose at Sheffield
Collierville at Kirby
Germantown at Wooddale
Ridgway at Houston
Southwind at Overton
Arlington at Bartlett
Bolton at Craigmont
Cordova at Millington
Trezevant at Hillcrest
City University at Memphis Business Academy
MAHS at MASE
Middle College at BTW
Northside at Westwood
FCA at St. Benedict
ECS at Bishop Byrne
Catholic at SBEC
FACS at Harding
Fayette Academy at Jackson Christian
St. George’s at Rossville Christian
Crockett County at Covington

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MHSAA Region 1-6A tournament at DeSoto Central

4 p.m. – Horn Lake girls vs. Olive Branch
5:30 p.m. – Horn Lake boys vs. Olive Branch
7 p.m. – Southaven girls vs. DeSoto Central
8:30 p.m. – DeSoto Central boys vs. Southaven

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MHSAA Region 1-5A tournament at Lake Cormorant

4 p.m. – Clarksdale girls vs. Hernando
5:30 p.m. – Hernando boys vs. Clarksdale
7 p.m. – Center Hill girls vs. Lake Cormorant
8:30 p.m. – Lake Cormorant boys vs. Center Hill

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MHSAA Region 2-4A tournament at New Albany

4 p.m. – Rosa Fort girls vs. Lafayette
5:30 p.m. – Senatobia boys vs. Lafayette
7 p.m. – Lewisburg girls vs. Senatobia
8:30 p.m. – North Pontotoc vs. Lewisburg

Girls Basketball Scores - February 6, 2012

from CommercialAppeal.com Box Scores



Briarcrest (65) -- Dakota Doss 8, Lauren Douglas 7, Erin Dunseath 9, Emoni Harvey 3, Brynn Holden 5, Elise Holden 9, Bailey Kramer 10, Samantha McColgan 4, M.C. McDaniel 4, Kathryn Newman 2, Rachel Peete 2, Gabby Salazar 2.

ECS (34) -- Anne Henry 2, Kate Jamison 7, Maggie Little 4, Allie Oliver 8, Paige Rainer 8, Avery Sippel 5.

Briarcrest / 28 / 9 / 18 / 10 / -- / 65 /

ECS / 7 / 12 / 8 / 7 / -- / 34 /

Fairley (57) -- Skylynne Bright 2, Essence Brinson 4, Keyonna Brown 1, Lametria Dunn 9, Sylver Ford 4, Jocqueline Gardner 6, Jessica Jamison 5, Cierra Lott 6, Kayla Wade 5, Arkela Ware-Jones 13, Brandi Wells 2.

Mitchell (13) -- Dena Allen 2, Nicole Johnson 2, Equria Patterson 5, Jessica Williams 4.

Fairley / 10 / 14 / 27 / 6 / -- / 57 /

Mitchell / 3 / 4 / 2 / 4 / -- / 13 /

Records -- Fairley 12-12 (8-2, 16-AA), Mitchell 2-17 (2-7).

MHEA (42) -- Torri Lewis 11, Bethany Lytle 17, Emily Lytle 9, Leah Lytle 2, Adrianna Sanders 3.

Munford (40) -- Robneisha Lee 23, Kierra Richardson 9, Alex Turner 3, Shaliyah Wiggins 2, Lauren Zvolanek 3.

MHEA / 12 / 15 / 7 / 8 / -- / 42 /

Munford / 8 / 11 / 6 / 15 / -- / 40 /

Records -- Munford 15-9.

Wooddale (57) -- Jeri Crain 8, Taneka Daniels 2, Crystal Garrett 3, Elexa Guy 13, Teresa Mays 7, Andrea McElvaine 2, Jai Sanders 7, Kairneisha Trent 15.

Sheffield (37) -- Denise Cage 12, Raven Cathey 8, Jasmine Guy 7, Melissa Hickman 8, Tanisha Williams 2.

Wooddale / 14 / 16 / 12 / 15 / -- / 57 /

Sheffield / 4 / 10 / 10 / 13 / -- / 37 /

Records -- Wooddale 10-11, Sheffield 4-16.