(G) Biggersville 54 Wheeler 46
If you had told Biggersville head coach Cliff Little back around Christmas time that his then one-win Lady Lions would advance to north half in February he wouldn’t even believe you.
He would have even gotten a big chuckle out of the idea.
But since the return of Tyleshia Davis to the lineup on a fulltime basis, BHS has won six of eight and defeated Wheeler for the second time in two weeks- this time 54-46- on Tuesday to make sure they are playing next week.
The Lady Eagles tried but simply had no answer for Davis as the junior guard- the only holdover off last year’s state tournament team- had her way with 33 points, including 14 in the final quarter to dash any hopes WHS had of a comeback.
The game was not a rout but after falling behind 9-7 in the first quarter, Biggersville went on an 11-2 run that gave them an 18-11 lead midway thru the second period and they never lost it.
But Wheeler made it interesting in the second half, drawing to within two points at one point midway thru the fourth quarter. However, the Lady Eagles got a huge dose of Davis from that point as she nailed 10 of 11 free throws down the stretch to secure the win.
The only other BHS player in double figures was Aunesty Dilworth with 11.
The Lady Lions next face Pine Grove Thursday in the semifinals. Win that and they’ll be playing a north half game at the Lions Den next week.
(G) Kossuth 58 Alcorn Central 40
What once was a 41-38 game early in the fourth quarter turned sour for Alcorn Central as the Lady Aggies turned several turnovers and one-and-done trips for the Lady Bears into a closing 17-2 run to advance to Thursday’s semifinal round against top-seeded Booneville.
They also advanced to north half with their fourth win of the season in four tries over coach Charlette Foster’s Lady Bears, not an easy feat.
Foster had specified before the game that in order for her squad to win they would have to limit Morgan Hodum’s points, keep Kossuth out of the paint, and get into the paint themselves and score points around the bucket.
In the game’s early stages, that plan worked as ACHS built leads of 5-2 and 10-6. The Lady Aggies finished the first quarter on an 8-0 run, including three free throws by Hodum as she was fouled on a three-point attempt as the first quarter horn sounded.
Central, to their credit, came right back like a fighter in a heavyweight match and put together an 8-0 run to start the second period to carve out an 18-14 lead.
That’s when things started to come unraveled as Kossuth ended the first half on a 15-2 run to take a 29-20 lead into the locker room.
“Coach Foster is smart and she packed the paint early and made us work for it,” said KHS second-year coach Chris Byrd.”We had trouble with their defense at first but finally we started making some shots and got some turnovers and rebounds and were able to pull away late.”
The Lady Bears didn’t fold though and drew within three- 41-38 midway thru the fourth quarter, aided by a pair of Brooke McCoy three-pointers.
But that’s as close as ACHS would come in a valiant effort that ended their season.
Hodum finished with a game-high 25, followed by Kaylee Bonds with 11 and Presley Tice with 9.
Malory Wigginton scored 19 to lead Alcorn Central before fouling out late in the contest. McCoy added eight.
The Corinth Lady Warriors, Tishomingo County Braves, Kossuth Aggies and Walnut Wildcats also advanced to north half and into their respective division tournament semifinals with huge wins Tuesday evening.
Check the scoreboard on page 12 for all the boxscores from around the area.
(Kent Mohundro is the sports editor for the Daily Corinthian)