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Centreville Academy girls basketball earn unexpected win

BAY SPRINGS — The Centreville Academy Lady Tigers earned a 66-29 upset victory over the Lee Academy (Arkansas) Lady Cougars (No. 1 North Region team) in the first round of the MAIS Class 2A playoffs on Wednesday night.

After the loss to Manchester Academy in the consolation round of the Class 2A South Region tournament, Brandy Hall, Centreville Academy head girls’ basketball coach, said she told the Lady Tigers to focus on three things.

“You need to put God first. Then, you have to have unity,” Hall said. “You have five people on the court, and it’s not a one-man show. You can’t play like it’s an one-man show. When you use each other, you will compete and beat any team you want to beat.”

Unity was on display in Wednesday night’s game as three Lady Tigers scored in double figures. Lacy Darden led the Lady Tigers with 19 points, followed by Emilea Roberts with 17 points and Savannah Hailey scored 16 points.

Hall said the Lady Tigers played well and nobody stole the show.

For the Lady Cougars, Carlee Rown scored 12 points and Lexi Oxner scored six points.

In today’s game, the Lady Tigers will play against Manchester Academy (No. 2 South Region). Manchester Academy advanced to the semifinal round with a 47-42 victory over Columbus Christian on Tuesday.

“Today’s game means a lot to play against Manchester again,” Hall said. “In practice on Thursday, they were focused and I can tell they were ready to take care of business. They knew what it was going to take to beat Lee Academy.”

The winner of the semifinal game will play the winner between Greenville Christian and Claiborne Academy.

Tip off between Centreville Academy and Manchester Academy is 2:15 p.m. today at Sylva-Bay Academy.