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Centreville Academy wins Class 2A state title

BAY SPRINGS — Centreville Academy Lady Tigers won 67-49 over the Greenville Christian School Lady Saints to claim the Class 2A state championship on Saturday.

Brandy Hall, Centreville Academy Lady Tigers head coach, has spent three years coaching at Centreville Academy and said she never won a state championship until the Lady Tigers won on Feb. 22.

“I’m kind of speechless right now. My girls came ready to play,” Hall said. “I’m so blessed and thankful. Several people made the drive to come show us support. That meant a lot. It’s a great feeling.”

In preparation for the MAIS Class 2A championship game, Hall said the Lady Tigers watched the Lady Saints play in an early round game.

“We knew they had two players in particular that they were really good that we had to stop,” Hall said.

The two players the Lady Tigers shut down for the Lady Saints were Williette Kingdom and Tariyah Washington. Both Kingdom and Washington shot 71.2% with two pointers. Washington led the Lady Saints with 18 points while Kingdom was second with 17 points.

Savannah Hailey led the Lady Tigers with 19 points in the game and Lacy Darden finished second with 17 points. 

With the victory, the Lady Tigers advanced to the Overall Tournament.

In the Overall Tournament, Centreville Academy will play against all classes, ranging from Class 1A to Class 5A. The Lady Tigers played against Jackson Academy (Class 5A) in the first round of the Overall Tournament.

Hall said during the regular season Centreville Academy played against higher classed teams to prepare for the Overall Tournament.

“We played all non-conference bigger schools to prepare us for this,” Hall said. “I think also that helped because you need that competition. It really taught them that it doesn’t matter how big you are because a lot of times when you play bigger schools, they will have bigger depth size on the bench. It also taught them that it’s not about size; it’s about heart.”