Monday, November 2, 2015

MaxPreps 2015-16 Mississippi Preseason Girls Basketball Fab 5

1. Olive Branch
Head coach: Blake Jones
2014-15 record: 32-2

The Conquistadors lost to Horn Lake in the 6A title game for the second-consecutive year, and Jones will have his team ready to contend once again in 2015-16. Myah Taylor, a 5-foot-7 all-state guard, was sensational last season as a sophomore, averaging 18 points, eight assists and five steals per game. She'll lead the charge in what they hope is a title season.

2. Horn Lake
Head coach: Janna Thompson
2014-15 record: 29-4

The Eagles won their second-straight 6A title by beating Olive Branch, led by Alexyse Thomas' 17 points and nine boards. Thompson will have a tall task in replacing the production of Thomas and fellow all-state selection Rodneyshia Martin, but Tae'Lour Richardson — who scored 11 in the title game — will likely step up.

3. Natchez
Head coach: Alphaka Moore
2014-15 record: 24-1

Natchez took home a second-consecutive 5A title last season with a 74-66 win over West Jones after trailing by 13 in the first quarter. The Bulldogs are back in a big way this season, with all-state guard Zyaire Ewing looking to improve on a junior season in which she averaged 12.8 points and six rebounds per game.

4. Callaway (Jackson)
Head coach: Stacey Bailey
2014-15 record: 21-6

Callaway may be known for its boys program, but overlooking the Chargers would be a mistake. Bailey's squad lost to West Jones in the 5A semifinals, but returning all-state forward Twila Hill will likely improve on her averages of 17.1 points, 11.3 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game, making Callaway a formidable opponent.

5. Hattiesburg
Head coach: Caronica DeBose Jackson
2014-15 record: 26-3

The Tigers saw a late lead evaporate in a devastating loss to Starkville in the 6A quarterfinals, making them even hungrier this season. Coach Jackson loses all-stater Jazmin Boyd, but returns an experienced squad ready to prove that last season's bitter loss was nothing but a fluke.

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