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Prep basketball roundups: Cathedral girls lose in tourney

UTICA — The Cathedral Lady Green Wave played their hearts out on Valentine’s Day against one of the top teams in Class 1A in Bogue Chitto, yet the Lady Bobcats held on for a 33-21 win Thursday afternoon in a girls’ semifinal-round game at the MHSAA Region 7-1A Tournament at Hinds Agricultural High School.

Second-seeded Bogue Chitto led No. 3 seed Cathedral 19-6 at halftime. But even in defeat, the Lady Green Wave made sure this game didn’t turn into a blowout. Cathedral actually outscored the Lady Bobcats 15-14 in the second half.

“We played great defense. But we missed some key shots that would’ve kept us in the game,” Cathedral head coach Randy Smith said. “Then we had to foul them. Tremendous effort against the No. 2 team in the state. It was a great game to watch.”

Cathedral (11-16) will take on No. 5 seed West Lincoln in the girls’ consolation game today at 4 p.m. to determine third and fourth place.

Hazlehurst boys 46,

Jefferson County 43

PRENTISS — Dedric Reese and Trojuan White combined for 33 of Hazlehurst’s 46 points as the Indians rallied in the second half to defeat the Jefferson County Tigers Thursday afternoon in the boys’ semifinals of the Region 7-3A Tournament at Prentiss High School.

Jefferson County, the No. 3 seed, more than held their own against No. 2 seed Hazlehurst in the first half. The Tigers led the Indians 11-8 after one quarter of play and then went into halftime with a 22-18 lead. Unfortunately for the Tigers, Reese and White found their shooting rhythm in the second half.

Hazlehurst outscored Jefferson County 13-10 in the third quarter to cut the Tigers’ lead to just one point at 32-31. The Indians won the game thanks to a 15-11 advantage in the fourth quarter. Reese led all scorers with 17 points and White finished with 16 points.

Jefferson County was led by Jadarius Harried with 11 points while Nicholas Brown and Jarmel Anderson added 10 points each. The Tigers take on Crystal Springs today at 5:30 p.m. in the consolation game.

Wilkinson County girls 41,

Jefferson County 39

PRENTISS — Linensia Palmer led Wilkinson County with a game-high 16 points as the Lady Wildcats held on to defeat the Jefferson County Lady Tigers Thursday night in the girls’ semifinals of the Region 7-3A Tournament.

Fifth-seeded Jefferson County went into this tournament without senior Brandy Buck. Unfortunately for the Lady Tigers, fellow senior Taneisha Bailey went down with an ankle injury in the second quarter and did not return. They went into halftime leading top-seeded Wilkinson County 24-19.

Then the Lady Wildcats took the momentum away in the third quarter as they outscored the Lady Tigers 14-2 to take a 33-26 lead. But even with a shorter bench to work with, Jefferson County hung in there only to come up a little bit short.

Dionna Jackson led Jefferson County with 14 points while Brionna Smith and Keionna January had 11 points each. Gadrieka Cotton scored seven points and Ambernekia Palmer chipped in with six points for the Lady Wildcats.

Jefferson County will take on Crystal Springs at 4 p.m. today in the consolation game. Wilkinson County (14-14) goes up against Franklin County at 7 p.m. today in the girls’ championship game. Franklin County defeated Crystal Springs 37-29 in the other girls’ semifinal game.

Bowling Green girls 58, ACCS 40

BROOKHAVEN — Kristina Jerrell finished with a game-high 16 points and Reagan Moody added nine points as the Bowling Green School Lady Buccaneers defeated Adams County Christian School Thursday afternoon to end the Lady Rebels’ season in the girls’ quarterfinals at the MAIS Class AA South State Tournament at Brookhaven Academy.

Bowling Green, the District 6-AA No. 1 seed and the second-ranked team in Class AA, jumped out to a 16-6 lead over ACCS after one quarter of play and then led at halftime 36-17.

ACCS, the District 5-AA No. 2 seed, was led by Tory Laird with 11 points and Ashleigh Williams with eight points.

Wilkinson County boys 64,

Crystal Springs 54

PRENTISS — Devin Voorhies scored 19 points and Trae McKenzie had 18 points as the Wilkinson County Wildcats defeated the Crystal Springs Tigers Thursday night in the boys’ semifinals of the MHSAA Region 7-3A Tournament.

Wilkinson County led Crystal Springs 14-8 at the end of the first quarter and 35-28 at halftime before extending its lead to double digits in the third quarter. The Wildcats outscored the Tigers 13-6 in that quarter to take a 48-34 lead.

Crystal Springs, the No. 5 seed, tried to get back in the game in the fourth quarter, but their rally fell short despite outscoring No. 1 seed Wilkinson County 20-16.

Phillip Fountain chipped in with 13 points for the Wildcats.

Wilkinson County (16-11) will take on Hazlehurst at 8:30 p.m. today in the boys’ championship game.