Prep roundup: Jefferson County, Franklin County girls win in MHSAA first round

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, February 20, 2018

The Jefferson County High School Lady Tigers advanced to the second round of the 2018 MHSAA Class 3A Girls State Tournament with a 61-46 win over the Crystal Springs High School Lady Tigers Monday night.

Dea’Breaun Turner had a double-double to lead Jefferson County with a game-high 19 points to go with 10 rebounds. Antrell Gales finished with 15 points and eight rebounds. Brittany Goldsberry had 12 points while Kailyn Hammett contributed with nine points and seven assists.

“They played well. They played hard, and that’s what you need to do at this (point in the season). The whole team did a great job,” Jefferson County head coach Flora McKnight said.

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The first quarter was the big difference in the outcome of the game as Jefferson County, the Region 7 No. 2 seed, controlled the action on both ends of the court and led Region 6 No. 3 seed Crystal Springs 18-4 at the end of the quarter.

The final three quarters were closely contested, but the host Lady Tigers made sure that the visiting Lady Tigers would not make a comeback.

“You have to play with a level of intensity. The seniors stepped up well on both ends of the floor — defensively and offensively,” McKnight said.

Jefferson County (22-5) will have perhaps a tougher opponent to deal with when it travels to Bassfield to take on Region 8 No. 1 seed Jefferson Davis County at 7 p.m. Friday.

Franklin County 50, Magee 42

MAGEE — Jasmine Treadway led Franklin County High School with a game-high 23 points as the Lady Bulldogs stunned the Magee High School Lady Trojans 50-42 Monday night in the first round of the 2018 MHSAA Class 3A Girls State Tournament.

Polu Harris added nine points and JaSharreah Hunt finished with eight points for Region 7 No. 3 seed Franklin County. Sabreya Lee led Region 6 No. 2 seed with 19 points.

The Lady Bulldogs jumped out to a 12-4 lead at the end of the first quarter, but the Lady Trojans (20-10) slowly but surely cut that deficit down and trailed by just two points, 30-28, by the end of the third quarter.

However, Franklin County put an end to Magee’s attempted comeback with a 20-14 advantage in the fourth quarter that ended the Lady Trojans’ season.

Franklin County (16-10) will be on the road this at 7 p.m. Friday when it plays at Region 5 No. 1 seed Choctaw Central in the second round.