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Starkville vs. Wingfield

Final: Starkville 61, Wingfield 54. Told you Williams would break out. He had 19 points in the second half. He finished with 26 points, 15 boards. The Jackets get Provine again; they lost to the Rams in the North semifinals.

Halftime: Wingfield 25, Starkville 24. Williams has seven points and seven rebounds to lead the Yellowjackets. Brand spent the entire second quarter on the bench; I’m guessing coach Greg Carter decided going small was what he needed to do against Wingfield’s quick, athletic guards. Wingfield’s doing a decent job on the boards and isn’t scared to go inside. The teams have combined for 10 blocked shots.

We’re tied 19-19 with 6:26 to go in the first half. Starkville’s guards are actually doing most of the scoring. Waiting for Latavious Williams and Chris Brand to break out soon.

Big 5A quarterfinal today at 2:30. Hope I can give in-game updates, but who knows. Should be a tight one all the way. The big factor will be how Starkville’s guards handle Wingfield’s tall, active backcourt. We shall see soon enough.

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Scores and more from Day 4 with a look ahead …

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East Webster’s Mitchell McCurry, left, is fouled by Hickory Flat’s Richard Van Tassell on his way to the basket during an MHSAA boys Class 1A basketball playoff game Thursday,  in Jackson. (AP Photo/The Clarion-Ledger, Joe Ellis)

Brad Locke coverage from Jackson
Wolverines just keep on winning

Pisgah’s quickness too much

Class 5A Boys
Greenville-Weston 58, Biloxi 49

JACKSON – Demario Calvin scored 16 points to lead Greenville-Weston to a 58-49 win over Biloxi in the Class 5A boys high school playoffs on Thursday.

Akeem Richardson added 14 points for Greenville-Weston (19-13) and Anthony Evans chipped 11.

Jeremiah Dunnings led Biloxi (25-7) with 20 points and Isiaah Canaan scored 14.

Greenville-Weston advances to play Brandon in Tuesday’s semifinal.

Class 5A Girls
Greenville-Weston 59, Hattiesburg 51

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Breanna Lewis scored 19 points to lead Greenville-Weston to a 59-51 win over Hattiesburg in the Class 5A girls high school playoffs on Thursday.

Mar’chetta Parker scored 14 points and Camissa Jackson chipped in 12 for Greenville-Weston (21-11). The team led 26-19 at halftime.

Colby Stallings led Hattiesburg (21-11) with 18 points, Lenise Stallings added 11 and Tiffany Howard chipped in 10.

Greenville-Weston advances to play Brandon on Wednesday in the semifinals.

Class 1A Girls
Pisgah 52, Pine Grove 31

JACKSON (AP) – Mary Ann Hill scored 20 points to lead Pisgah to a 52-31 win over Pine Grove in the Class 1A girls high school playoffs on Thursday.

Ka’Neshia Smith had 16 points and Tamarra Bowie added 10 for Pisgah (30-3).

Amber Johnson led Pine Grove (28-12) with 14 points.

Pisgah advances to play Coldwater next Wednesday.

Class 1A
East Webster 62, Hickory Flat 43

JACKSON (AP) – Mitchell McCurry scored 33 points to lead Eest Webster to a 62-43 win over Hickory Flat in the Class 1A boys high school playoffs on Thursday.

Jonathan Banks chipped in 16 for East Webster (22-9), which led 25-15 at halftime.

Terry Lee led Hickory Flat (21-16) with 16 points and Brad Massey scored 14.

East Webster advances to play Myrtle in the Class 1A semifinals next Wednesday.

FOR JACKETS, BIG HOUSE HAS MEANT HEARTACHES
The Mississippi Coliseum is a familiar place for Starkville coach Greg Carter and Wingfield coach Herman Sanders. But the memories it has provided are bittersweet.

When the two teams meet at 2:30 p.m. today in the Class 5A quarterfinals of the MHSAA State Basketball Tournament, both coaches will be trying to dash away old heartaches.

Carter has taken Starkville (27-3, North No. 3), the Daily Journal’s No. 3-ranked team, to the state tourney four times in his six seasons as head coach. The Yellowjackets reached the championship game in 2003, losing to Vicksburg. Last season, as a No. 1 seed, they fell to Forest Hill in the semifinals.

With 6-foot-8 all-star Latavious Williams back, the expectations have been high for this group, which is trying to bring Starkville its first state title since 1961.

“We don’t feel much pressure as far as other people’s expectations,” Carter said, “more our own expectations.”

Wingfield (29-5, South No. 2) is making its third straight tournament appearance under 12th-year coach Sanders. The Falcons’ last state crown came in 1961.
– Brad Locke

Note:We’ll update with glance at tournament when it is available. 

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Hickory Flat vs. East Webster

Final: East Webster 62, Hickory Flat 43 in an all-NeMiss matchup. Mitchell McCurry scored 33 points for the Wolverines, who were simply too athletic for the Rebels. Unlike a lot of athletic teams, though, East Webster was very disciplined (only 10 turnovers).

We now have an East Webster-Myrtle showdown next Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. I saw Myrtle senior Grant Goolsby here today; they were here to scout, obviously. He was duly impressed with McCurry and Jonathan Banks (18 points).

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Pine Grove vs. Pisgah

Final: Pisgah, 52-31. More later.

Pine Grove is not doing well. Down 35-19 with about 2:00 left in the third quarter. Pisgah’s too fast and quick. Lot of PG turnovers.

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Mac Notebook

Houlka’s Candiace McIntosh is a 17-year-old, 6-foot-1 sophomore to whom the spotlight has shifted since Ashley Benford, an ICC signee, graduated last year. McIntosh is still adjusting to her new role – witness her 2-point output against Coldwater in the North final – but she basked in that spotlight Wednesday, scoring 25 points and grabbing 16 rebounds in a 58-53 win over McAdams in the Class 1A quarterfinals.

“She has a lot of growing up to do,” Houlka coach Jimmy Guy McDonald said, “but I’m proud of where she is right now.”

McIntosh is a beefy 6-1, and she was a steadying presence for a Houlka team that committed 36 turnovers. McAdams had no one who could consistently deny her the ball, and McIntosh was 12-for-19 from the field, mostly on the strength of point-blank buckets.

She wasn’t so poised after the game. With a TV camera in her face and a couple of digital recorders under her nose, McIntosh kept twisting up her pants leg with her fingers and had the look of someone being grilled by the mafia. Her answers were brief and often vague.

But, as her game improves and the spotlight grows larger, McIntosh will become more comfortable in its glow. Her next challenge comes Tuesday, when Houlka faces defending state champ East Oktibbeha, which is led by McDonald’s All-American April Sykes. And the spotlight grows brighter.

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Scores and more from Day 3 plus a look ahead …

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Houlka’s Tiffany Hobson struggles to maintain control of the ball against McAdams in the MHSAA high school girls Class 1A basketball tournament in Jackson Wednesday night. (AP Photo/The Clarion-Ledger, Brian Albert Broom) 

Girls Tournament
The Associated Press

JACKSON – Pairings and results from the the Mississippi High School Activities Association girls basketball tournament:

CLASS 5A
Opening round
Thursday, Feb. 28

Greenville-Weston (20-11) vs. Hattiesburg (21-10), 6:30 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 29

Hancock (24-8) vs. South Panola (23-7), 1 p.m.

Semifinals
Wednesday, March 5

Brandon (26-6) vs. Greenville-Weston-Hattiesburg winner, 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 6

Murrah (29-1) vs. Hancock-South Panola winner, 1 p.m.

Championship
Saturday, March 8

Semifinal winners, 7 p.m.

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CLASS 4A
Opening round
Tuesday, Feb. 26

Yazoo Co. 64, Northeast Jones 45

Wednesday, Feb. 27

Brookhaven 50, Pontotoc 48, OT

Semifinals
Monday, March 3

Forest Hill (33-3) vs. Yazoo Co. (34-4), 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, March 4

Gentry (36-0) vs. Brookhaven (31-6), 1 p.m.

Championship
Friday, March 7

Semifinal winners, 7 p.m.

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CLASS 3A
Opening round
Tuesday, Feb. 26

Raymond 54, Aberdeen 37

Franklin Co. 61, North Panola 43

Semifinals
Saturday, March 1

Southeast Lauderdale (34-1) vs. Raymond (33-2), 6:30 p.m.

Monday, March 3

Alcorn Central (31-5) vs. Franklin Co. (25-10), 1 p.m.

Championship
Friday, March 7

Semifinal winners, 1 p.m.

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CLASS 2A
Opening round
Monday, Feb. 25

Lake 65, Belmont 59

Kemper Co. 58, Water Valley 52

Semifinals
Friday, Feb. 29

Philadelphia (25-5) vs. Lake (17-12), 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 1

H.W. Byers (33-4) vs. Kemper Co. (22-12), 1 p.m.

Championship
Thursday, March 6

Semifinal winners, 7 p.m.

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CLASS 1A
Opening round
Wednesday, Feb. 27

Houlka 58, McAdams 53

Thursday, Feb. 28

Pisgah (29-3) vs. Pine Grove (28-11), 1 p.m.

Semifinals
Tuesday, March 4

East Oktibbeha (31-2) vs. Houlka (23-12), 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, March 5

Coldwater (32-0) vs. Pisgah-Pine Grove winner, 1 p.m.

Championship
Saturday, March 8

Semifinal winners, 1 p.m.

Boys Tournament
The Associated Press

JACKSON – Pairings and results from the the Mississippi High School Activities Association boys basketball tournament:

CLASS 5A
Opening round
Thursday, Feb. 28

Greenville-Weston (18-13) vs. Biloxi (25-6), 8 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 29

Wingfield (29-5) vs. Starkville (27-3), 2:30 p.m.

Semifinals
Wednesday, March 5

Brandon (23-10) vs. Greenville-Weston-Biloxi winner, 8 p.m.

Thursday, March 6

Provine (26-7) vs. Wingfield-Starkville winner, 2:30 p.m.

Championship
Friday, March 8

Semifinal winners, 8:30 p.m.

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CLASS 4A
Opening round
Tuesday, Feb. 26

Moss Point 63, Vicksburg 57

Wednesday, Feb. 27

Ridgeland 42, St. Stanislaus 39, OT

Semifinals
Monday, March 3

Picayune (32-4) vs. Moss Point (32-5), 8 p.m.

Tuesday, March 4

New Hope (27-8) vs. Ridgeland (31-6), 2:30 p.m.

Championship
Friday, March 7

Semifinal winners, 8:30 p.m.

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CLASS 3A
Opening round
Tuesday, Feb. 26

Jefferson Co. 86, Humprhreys Co. 71

Pass Christian 67, Ripley 65

Semifinals
Saturday, March 1

Columbia (29-4) vs. Jefferson Co. (26-11), 8 p.m.

Monday, March 3

Aberdeen (33-3) vs. Pass Christian (31-6), 2:30 p.m.

Championship
Friday, March 7

Semifinal winners, 2:30 p.m.

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CLASS 2A
Opening round
Monday, Feb. 25.

Hollandale Simmons 69, Taylorsville 56

Scott Central 75, Ruleville 64

Semifinals
Friday, Feb. 29

Newton (32-4) vs. Hollandale Simmons (25-8), 8 p.m.

Saturday, March 1

Tchula-Marshall (24-10) vs. Scott Central (23-11), 2:30 p.m.

Championship
Thursday, March 6

Semifinal winners, 8:30 p.m.

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CLASS 1A
Opening round
Wednesday, Feb. 27

Coldwater 89, Puckett 50

Thursday, Feb. 28

East Webster (21-9) vs. Hickory Flat (21-15), 2:30 p.m.

Semifinals
Tuesday, March 4

Durant (23-9) vs. Coldwater (22-11), 8 p.m.

Wednesday, March 5

Myrtle (31-5) vs. East Webster-Hickory Flat winner, 2:30 p.m.

Championship
Saturday, March 8

Semifinal winners, 2:30 p.m.

Brad Locke coverage from Jackson …

COLUMN:Friends together again at State

Brookhaven goes big against Pontotoc

Houlka is NeMiss area’s first winner

More on games from Day 3

Class 4A Girls
Brookhaven 50, Pontotoc 48, OT

JACKSON (AP) – Nikki Byrd scored 18 points and hit the only basket in overtime to lead Brookhaven to a 50-48 win over Pontotoc on Wednesday.

Pontotoc (31-4) held the ball for the final shots of regulation and overtime, but missed both.

Swayze Black added 12 points for Brookhaven.

Di’Amber Johnson scored all 14 of her points for Pontotoc (31-4) in the first half. Rhandi Ball added 11 points and Ranisha Williams scored 10.

Brookhaven plays Gentry (36-0) in Tuesday’s semifinal.

Class 4A Boys
Ridgeland 42, St. Stanislaus 39, OT

JACKSON – James Archie scored 11 points and hit two free throws with 5 seconds left in overtime to seal a 42-39 win over St. Stanislaus on Wednesday in the Class 4A boys state tournament.

Archie also had a key 3-pointer late in the game for the Titans (31-6), who were tied 37-37 with the Rock-a-chaws (31-4) at the end of regulation.

T.J. Allen also had 11 points for Ridgeland and Jeff Stubbs added 10.

Raymond Pittman led St. Stanislaus with 10 points.

Ridgeland plays New Hope (27-8) in Tuesday’s semifinal.

Class 1A Girls
Houlka 58, McAdams 53

JACKSON – Candiace McIntosh had 25 points and 12 rebounds as Houlka pulled away from McAdams late in a 58-53 win Wednesday in the Class 1A girls state tournament.

The Lady Wildcats (23-12) trailed much of the game and were behind 34-30 at halftime. But they outscored the Lady Bulldogs (32-6) 17-7 in the final quarter to advance.

Courtney Knox and Ronniekka Steward had 10 apiece for Houlka.

LaChelle Kilbert led McAdams with 17 points, Tiffany Haynes added 15 and Kierra Gilmore scored 11.

Houlka will play East Oktibbeha (31-2) in Tuesday’s semifinal.

Class 1A Boys
Coldwater 89, Puckett 50

JACKSON – Jeremy Scott scored 14 points and Coldwater quickly dispatched Puckett in an 89-50 win Wednesday in the Class 1A boys state tournament.

The Cougars (22-11) outscored the Wolves (20-7) 32-9 in the first quarter and 18-5 in the fourth to advance.

Terrance Milam scored 12 for Coldwater, Zack Jennings had 11 and Nicomus Sipp added 10.

Christian Holmes scored all 13 of his points for Puckett in the second half and Matt Willis added 11.

Coldwater plays Durant (23-9) in Tuesday’s semifinal.

There’s an all NeMiss battle today in Jackson

At least one Northeast Mississippi team will advance today in the state tournament.

That’s because of a rare all-NeMiss matchup in the Class 1A boys quarterfinals. Hickory Flat (21-15, No. 3 North) and East Webster (21-9, South No. 2) will meet at 2:30 p.m. Through the first three days of the state tourney, NeMiss teams are 1-4.

Hickory Flat has history here, having won three state championships in the 1980s and reaching the 2005 final. But the Rebels flew under the radar this season in the loaded 1A North, getting a breakthrough win against Jeremy Newsome’s Okolona squad in the North Mississippi quarterfinals.

East Webster has no history – this is the Wolverines’ first trip to Jackson. With most of its players on the football field deep into November, they got off to a slow start but are peaking.

Also today, in 1A girls, Pine Grove (28-11, North No. 3) will battle Pisgah (29-3, South No. 2). Pisgah boasts much more speed than the Lady Panthers: Two of its starters took home sprint medals at last year’s track and field championships, including 100-meter champ Tori Bowie.

– Brad Locke

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We Have a Winner! Houlka 58, McAdams 53

Hey, the drought is over, friends. Houlka’s girls overcame 36 – yes, 36 – turnovers to defeat McAdams in a 1A quarterfinal. Candiace McIntosh had 25 points and 16 rebounds, and McAdams – which averaged 86.9 points per game coming in – shot 26.4 percent from the field, including 25.7 percent from 3-point range (9-for-35). It was a very ugly game. Read more about it tomorrow, if you dare.

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