Scores and more – on to Tupelo …

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Aberdeen players celebrate with their championship trophy after beating Columbia to claim the MHSAA Class 3A title on Friday at the Mississippi Coliseum in Jackson. Next stop – Tupelo. (AP Photo/Joe Ellis/The Clarion-Ledger)

Who will be celebrating in Tupelo? It is almost time to find out “who’s the best in the state on the court.” All the action starts March 13th. Click here for more information on the Slam. This blog will be the place to keep up daily with information from the BancorpSouth Arena from video to updates. And the sports section of the Daily Journal will also cover the action from basket to basket.

The Grand Slam begins Thursday. I’ll have a peek ahead in Monday’s paper. Real quick, here are the brackets:

Thursday

6 p.m.: (G) H.W. Byers (2A) vs. Coldwater (1A)

7:30: (B) Newton (2A) vs. East Webster (1A)

Friday

1 p.m. – (G) Southeast Lauderdale (3A) vs. Murrah (5A)

2:30 – (B) Aberdeen (3A) vs. Provine (5A)

6:00 – (G) Gentry (4A) vs. H.W. Byers/Coldwater winner

7:30 – (B) New Hope (4A) vs. Newton/East Webster winner

Saturday

1 p.m. – Girls final

3:00 – Boys final 

Now, a look back at Jackson …

Girls High School Tournament The Associated Press

JACKSON (The Associated Press) – Pairings and results from the the Mississippi High School Activities Association girls basketball tournament:

CLASS 5A
Opening round
Thursday, Feb. 28

Greenville-Weston 59, Hattiesburg 51

Friday, Feb. 29

South Panola 51, Hancock 34

Semifinals
Wednesday, March 5

Greenville-Weston 60, Brandon 54.

Thursday, March 6

Murrah 54, South Panola 37

Championship
Saturday, March 8

Murrah 57, Greenville-Weston 50

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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

Yazoo Co. 56, Forest Hill 47, 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, March 4

Gentry 76, Brookhaven 69

Championship
Friday, March 7

Gentry 52, Yazoo Co. 44

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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 72, Raymond 66

Monday, March 3

Franklin Co. 56, Alcorn Central 51

Championship
Friday, March 7

Southeast Lauderdale 78, Franklin Co. 52

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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 55, Lake 39

Saturday, March 1

H.W. Byers 55, Kemper Co. 47

Championship
Thursday, March 6

H.W. Byers 63, Philadelphia 59

———
CLASS 1A
Opening round
Wednesday, Feb. 27

Houlka 58, McAdams 53

Thursday, Feb. 28

Pisgah 52, Pine Grove 31

Semifinals
Tuesday, March 4

East Oktibbeha 52, Houlka 21, 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, March 5

Coldwater 58, Pisgah 41

Championship
Saturday, March 8

Coldwater 51, East Oktibbeha 44

Boys Tournament

JACKSON (The Associated Press) – Pairings and results from the the Mississippi High School Activities Association boys basketball tournament:

CLASS 5A
Opening round
Thursday, Feb. 28

Greenville-Weston 58, Biloxi 49

Friday, Feb. 29

Starkville 61, Wingfield 54

Semifinals
Wednesday, March 5

Greenville-Weston 66, Brandon 58

Thursday, March 6

Provine 57, Starkville 55

Championship
Saturday, March 8

Provine 82, Greenville-Weston 76

———
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 57, Moss Point 48

Tuesday, March 4

New Hope 71, Ridgeland 42

Championship
Friday, March 7

New Hope 56, Picayune 51

———
CLASS 3A
Opening round
Tuesday, Feb. 26

Jefferson Co. 86, Humprhreys Co. 71

Pass Christian 67, Ripley 65

Semifinals
Saturday, March 1

Columbia 72, Jefferson Co. 70

Monday, March 3

Aberdeen 76, Pass Christian 75, OT

Championship
Friday, March 7

Aberdeen 79, Columbia 50

———
CLASS 2A
Opening round
Monday, Feb. 25.

Hollandale Simmons 69, Taylorsville 56

Scott Central 75, Ruleville 64

Semifinals
Friday, Feb. 29

Newton 85, Hollandale Simmons 78

Saturday, March 1

Scott Central 58, Tchula-Marshall 47.

Championship
Thursday, March 6

Newton 68, Scott Central 60

———
CLASS 1A
Opening round
Wednesday, Feb. 27

Coldwater 89, Puckett 50

Thursday, Feb. 28

East Webster 62, Hickory Flat 43

Semifinals
Tuesday, March 4

Durant 69, Coldwater 62

Wednesday, March 5

East Webster 50, Myrtle 48

Championship
Saturday, March 8

East Webster 65, Durant 58.

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Game stories

Class 1A Girls
Coldwater 51, East Oktibbeha 44
The Associated Press

JACKSON – Lanita Futrell scored 13 points on Saturday to lead Coldwater to its first Class 1A state title with a 51-44 victory over defending champions East Oktibbeha in the girls high school playoffs.

Coldwater (34-0) dropped to Class 1A this season. The team has won two state titles in the past, including the 2A title last season.

The Lady Cougars controlled the game from the opening tip and virtually shut down East Oktibbeha’s star player, April Sykes, for three quarters.

Coldwater held a 28-16 halftime lead and led 36-28 after three quarters.

Lerontay Clemons added 10 points for Coldwater, which appeared in the championship game for the fifth time in six years.

Sykes, who had only ten points through the first three quarters, finished with 22 points for East Oktibbeha (32-3). The Lady Titans committed 19 turnovers in the loss.

Class 1A Boys
East Webster 65, Durant 58
The Associated Press

JACKSON – Mitchell McCurry scored 34 points to lead East Webster to its first state title with a 65-58 victory over Durant in the Boys 1A high school championship on Saturday.

East Webster (24-9) trailed 37-36 after the third quarter, but rallied primarily on McCurry’s play. He scored 18 of the team’s 29 points in the final period.

The Wolverines raced to a 12-4 lead after the first quarter but held only a 22-21 lead at the half.

Jonathan Banks added 21 points for East Webster, which forced Durant to commit 19 turnovers.

Durant (24-10) won its fifth state title in 2005. On Saturday, the team was led by Akeem Moore with 23 points and Bobby Williams with 18 points and 11 rebounds.

Class 5A Girls
Murrah 57, Greenville-Weston 50
The Associated Press

JACKSON – Tanecka Carey scored 17 points to lead Murrah to its second straight state title with a 57-50 victory over Greenville-Weston in the Class 5A girls high school championship on Saturday.

LaSondra Barrett had 16 points and 10 rebounds for Murrah (31-1).

Murrah won its eight state title and beat Weston for the second time in two weeks. The Lady Mustangs defeated Weston for the north state title.

Murrah’s only loss this season was to Brookhaven in January.

Brandi Simmons’ basket with 1:38 left in the game put Murrah ahead for good at 52-50. Barrett then hit four straight free throws to push the lead to 56-50 with 22 second remaining to seal the win.

Simmons and Janice Okeke finished with 10 each for Murrah, which out rebounded Greenville Weston 40-28.

Weston (22-12) went scoreless the final 2:28 of the game after tying it at 50-50.

The Honey Bees was led by Breanna Lewis with a game-high 29 points and Camissa Jackson added 11.

Class 5A Boys/158
Eds: Ed: APNewsNow
Provine 82, Greenville-Weston 76, 2OT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) _ Scottie Haralson scored 28 points and Provine defended its Class 5A crown with a 82-76 double overtime victory over Greenville-Weston on Saturday in the state high school playoffs.

Provine (28-7) won its sixth state title overall and beat Greenville-Weston for the fifth time this season.

Provine’s Carl Blair drove the length of the court for the tying layup at the buzzer that sent the game into the first overtime at 60-60. Then Haralson sent the game into the second overtime with a 3-pointer with 19 seconds left in the first overtime, with the teams tied at 72-all.

Haralson hit the go ahead shot with 1:32 remaining in the second overtime that put Provine ahead 78-76.

Emery Kelly added 23 points and Blair 18 for Provine.

Greenville-Weston (20-13) got 18 points from Demarion Calvin, Anthony Evan chipped in 17 and James Carter put 13 on the board.

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