Final: East Oktibbeha 52, Houlka 21. Here’s the lead from tomorrow’s story …
JACKSON – East Oktibbeha is no longer a one-woman show.
April Sykes, the senior McDonald’s All-American, is unquestionably the star of the team. But the Lady Titans showed Tuesday that Sykes’ line isn’t the only one worth reading on the stat sheet.
Sykes scored 18 points – seven below her season average and well below what she’s capable of on a given night – and the senior guard had plenty of help in East Oktibbeha’s 52-21 win against Houlka in the Class 1A semifinals of the MHSAA Basketball State Tournament.
The defending state champs will battle the winner of today’s Coldwater/Pisgah game in Saturday’s title match.
Senior Cassandra Bradford had 12 points for East Oktibbeha (32-2), the South No. 1 seed, and her niece, senior LaPortia Hendrix, added nine points.