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
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.
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.