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Prep Basketball Roundup: Jefferson County Lady Tigers earn upset win

FAYETTE — The Jefferson County High School Lady Tigers and the Franklin County High School Bulldogs each had stunning upset wins last Thursday night in the semifinals of the MHSAA Region 7-3A Tournament at Jefferson County High School.

In one of the girls’ semifinal games, No. 3 seed Jefferson County sent the crowd into a frenzy after the Lady Tigers held on for a 47-46 win over the second-seeded Hazlehurst High School Lady Indians.

Jefferson County advance to the girls’ championship game last Friday night against No. 1 seed Franklin County High School. The Lady Bulldogs advanced with a 53-39 win over the No. 4 seed Wilkinson County High School Lady Wildcats

In the girls’ consolation game, Wilkinson County took on Hazlehurst last Friday afternoon.

In the nightcap, the third-seeded Franklin County Bulldogs upended the second-seeded Hazlehurst Indians 54-47 to send them to the boys’ championship game. Franklin County took on No. 1 seed Port Gibson High School Friday night.

The Blue Waves took care of the No. 4 seed Wilkinson County High School Wildcats 63-49 in the other boys’ semifinal match-up last Thursday afternoon.

In the boys’ consolation game, Wilkinson County faced off with Hazlehurst last Friday afternoon.

ACCS boys 54,

Hillcrest Christian School 58

AMITE, La. — The Adams County Christian School Rebels gave Hillcrest Christian School, one of the top teams in the state, all it could handle but the Cougars held on for a 58-54 win last Wednesday afternoon in the first round of the 2020 MAIS Class 4A South State Tournament at Oak Forest Academy.

District 3 No. 2 seed Hillcrest Christian, ranked No. 5 in the latest MAIS Boys’ Top 5 in one statewide poll and among the best teams in all of Class 4A, led ACCS 12-8 after one quarter of play. It appeared that the Cougars were well on their way to an easy win after they outscored the Rebels 20-13 in the second quarter for a 32-21 halftime lead.

However, the Rebels returned the favor to the Cougars by being more aggressive on both ends of the court in the third quarter. Led by Wes Stockstill, Vic Lassiter, Josh Credit, and Jonathan Ratcliff, ACCS put up 21 points while holding Hillcrest to 14 points to trail by just four points, 46-42, heading into the fourth quarter.

And while the Cougars scored just 12 points in the fourth quarter, the Rebels could not get over the hump as they, too, had 12 points in what turned out to be their final eight minutes of the season.

Stockstill led ACCS with 15 points and Lassiter finished with 13 points. Credit added 10 points and Ratcliff chipped in with eight points.

The Rebels finished the 2019-2020 season with an overall record of 10-13.

Hillcrest Christian improved to 25-7 overall and advanced to the semifinals to take on District 4 No. 1 seed Oak Forest Academy Friday night.

Centreville Academy 55,

Benton Academy 16 (Wed.)

GREENVILLE — The Centreville Academy Lady Tigers advanced to the semifinals of the 2020 MAIS Class 2A South State Tournament with a 55-16 win over the Benton Academy Lady Raiders, the District 4 No. 3 seed, in a quarterfinal-round match-up last Wednesday night at Greenville Christian School.

With the win, District 3 No. 2 seed Centreville Academy also secured a berth in the upcoming Class 2A State Tournament at Sylva-Bay Academy in Bay Springs.

The Lady Tigers took on District 4 No. 1 seed Manchester Academy in the South State girls’ semifinals last Friday afternoon.