Prep Basketball Roundup: Wilkinson County Christian Academy earn victories, Franklin County advances in MHSAA Class 3A playoffs

Published 12:01 am Thursday, February 20, 2020

MARKS — Both of Wilkinson County Christian Academy’s varsity basketball teams advanced to the semifinals of the 2020 MAIS Class 1A State Tournament at Delta Academy.

In one of the girls’ first-round games that took place last Tuesday night, the South No. 3 seed WCCA Lady Rams pulled off a huge upset by defeating the North No. 2 seed Delta Academy Lady Raiders in convincing fashion, 47-26.

Head coach Mike McGraw said the key to the Lady Rams’ win on Delta Academy’s home court was their defense.

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“Every time they took a shot, we had a hand in their face,” McGraw said. “We out-rebounded them as well.”

Gracie Cavin led WCCA (12-10) with a game-high 19 points. McGraw said that Kenzie Bryant, Lexi Freeman, and Anna Charlotte Redhead each had a good scoring performance.

The Lady Rams will take on either North No. 4 seed Desoto School or South No. 1 seed Riverdale Academy in the girls’ semifinals Friday at 2:15 p.m.

In a boys’ first-round match-up, the South No. 1 seed and South State champion WCCA Rams held on for a 61-56 win over the upset-minded and North No. 4 Sharkey-Issaquena Academy Confederates 61-56 last Tuesday night.

“Shooting-wise, as a team we didn’t shoot well at all. And the defense was slow to start,” Rams head coach Ken Perry said. “But in defense, we’ve got half the team sick. But they overcame the adversity.”

The first quarter ended in a 12-12 tie before WCCA outscored Sharkey-Issaquena in a high-scoring second quarter 21-18 for a 33-30 halftime lead. The Confederates tried to stage a comeback in the second half, but they could not quite get over the hump.

In what turned out to be competitive third and fourth quarter, WCCA outscored them 16-15 in the third quarter and 12-11 in the fourth quarter to keep their season going.

“We got a couple key steals. In the end, what matters is that we go the victory,” Perry said.

Roderick Bailey led WCCA with 23 points while R.J. Fisher had 12 points and Andrew Sessions added 10 points. Perry said the bench stepped up in a big way for the Rams on both ends of the court, especially in the second half.

“Roderick’s inside game was big. One of the positives was our bench play. Our ninth-grader, Nathan Mudd hit some key shots. Our eighth-grader, Jack Orgeron, had a couple of key steals that turned around the game for us. It was a team win for us,” Perry said. “Hopefully, we’ll play better on Friday.”
Mudd finished with six points, as did Ben Sessions. Thomas Vannoy contributed with eight points.

The Rams (25-4) will play in the boys’ semifinals at 7: 15 p.m. Friday at Delta Academy. go up against either South No. 3 seed Tensas Academy or North No. 2 seed Desoto School in the boys’ semifinals Friday at 7:15 p.m.

Franklin County girls, boys advance at MHSAA Class 3A State Tournament

MEADVILLE — The Franklin County High School Lady Bulldogs rolled to a 55-38 win over the Morton High School Lady Panthers while the Franklin County Bulldogs held off a feisty Morton Panthers 53-49 team last Tuesday in the girls’ and boys’ first round, respectively, of the MHSAA Class 3A State Tournament.

Both of Franklin County’s teams entered the state tournament as champions and No. 1 seeds from Region 7-3A while both of Morton’s teams got in as the No. 4 seed out of Region 5-3A.

Both the Lady Bulldogs (19-7) and Bulldogs (13-13) will play host to Region 6 No. 2 seed Yazoo County High School in the second round on Friday. The Lady Panthers will take on the Lady Bulldogs at 6 p.m., followed by the Panthers against the Bulldogs at 7:30 p.m.

Yazoo County’s varsity girls advanced with a 64-47 win over Region 8 No. 3 seed Columbia High School while its varsity boys’ team cruised to a 97-62 win over Region 8 No. 3 seed Columbia to move on.

In other action involving area Region 7-3A teams in the first round of the Class 3A State Tournament, the Region 7 No. 2 seed Jefferson County Lady Tigers lost at home to the Region 5  No. 3 seed Forest High School Lady Bobcats 62-41 last Monday night; and both of Wilkinson County High School’s varsity teams saw their seasons come to an end on the road at Southeast Lauderdale High School last Tuesday night. The Region 7 No. 4 seed Lady Wildcats fell to the Region 5 No. 1 seed Lady Tigers 79-25 and the Region 7 No. 4 seed Wildcats lost to the Region 5 No. 1 seed Tigers 57-26.