North Half Girls: What 2 Watch 4

North half starts tonight with the ladies, and the plotlines are numerous. Here are a few.

Class 5A: If Tupelo gets past Olive Branch tonight, it then has a 75 percent chance of reaching the state tournament, which would be coach Stephanie Murphy‘s fourth such trip in as many years. Not bad for a team that’s 15-14 and has no real go-to player (though sophomore Amber Jackson is getting there). By the way, Tupelo will host the second round if it wins.

Class 4A: Oxford got the better side of the bracket, which means the Lady Chargers won’t have to meet unbeaten and defending Grand Slam champ Gentry (for a third time) or Daily Journal No. 1 Pontotoc before the finals. So a trip to Jackson is most likely.

Class 3A: Among area teams, South Pontotoc has separated itself as the best of its class. The Lady Cougars’ experience – all five starters from last year returned – is starting to show.

Class 2A: Belmont beat H.W. Byers in the regular season, then Byers won the rematch in the Region 1-2A tournament finals. I fully expect a rematch in the North finals, which means both teams will go to Jackson.

Class 1A: I have yet to see a NeMiss team in this class that impresses me. I’ve watched Biggersville, Calhoun City, Houlka, Myrtle, Okolona and Pine Grove, and only Myrtle gave me any confidence. But that was over a month ago, and the Lady Hawks have stumbled badly since then. Falkner was hot before losing to Pine Grove in the 1-1A finals, and Tremont has kind of snuck under the radar. Defending 2A state champ Coldwater will, of course, capture the No. 1 seed for Jackson.

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3 responses to “North Half Girls: What 2 Watch 4

  1. tcfan

    IAHS girls over Oxford.

    There goes the ‘Oxford to Jackson’ theory.

    Don’t feel bad, I never thought IAHS would beat them.

  2. codyspencer

    Well. Itawamba shut down Oxford’s point guard. If Itawamba wouldn’t have turned the ball over so much in the first half it would’ve won by 20 or 30.

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