Lady Tigers win 1st round playoff, Triplett named Coach of the Year
By Joseph W. Gex, II
Feb 19, 2013, 18:09
The high school basketball schedule has moved on to the second season. In other words, it is now playoff time and the area has several teams involved in the post-season.
The Bay High Lady Tigers and the St. Stanislaus Rock-a-chaws claimed the Division 8-4A titles for girls and boys, respectively, while the Pass Christian Pirates snatched up the Division 8-3A boys title last week.
In Division 8-4A, the top-ranked Bay High Lady Tigers (31-0) defeated the Lady Aggies of Forrest County AHS 69-47. Jamaya Galloway exploded for 19 points while Bretta Hart scored 17 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. Christa Reed added 11 points and Terrica Williams chipped in 10 points and eight rebounds.
Lady Tigers head coach Debbie Triplett was named Coach of the Year for Division 8-4a while Christa Reed was named Most Valuable Player. Bretta Hart was named Best Defensive Player. Breanna Smith, Terrica Williams and Jamaya Galloway were all named to the All-Division team.
The Bay High Tigers won the third place game over Greene County 48-39. Justus Williams scored 20 points followed by Caleb Ladner with 12. Williams was named Division 8-4A Offensive Player of the Year while Ladner, Brandon White and Kelton Piernas all were named to the All-Division team. Taylor McCollister was selected as honorable mention.
The St. Stanislaus Rock-a-chaws won the Division 8-4A title with a 53-50 come-from-behind win over the Poplarville Hornets. The Rocks were down 23-16 at halftime but outscored the Hornets 37-27 in the second half for the win.
Ramone Tate of SSC was named the Division 8-4A Most Valuable Player and scored 27 points including 15 in the fourth period to lead all scorers.
Gatlin Fay, Jerrod Rigby and Drake Davis were all named to the All-Division team.
SSC head coach Ricky Stone commented, “The game was a nail-biter. We were down seven at halftime and by as much as 13 in the second half. Ramone Tate was unbelievable and showed everyone why he was named the MVP of the division. We worked real hard in the second half to get back in the game after a slow and sluggish first half.”
The Pass Christian Pirates were the hosts for the Division 8-3A tournament last week and both varsity squads advanced to the division finals.
The Lady Pirates (24-8) fell to Collins 37-31 in the finals. Shaquari Smith scored 12 points in the loss. Raven Henderson, Aleigha Bowser and Aliyah Bell were all named to the All-Division team while Raven Bradley, Maya Kristman and Smith were honorable mention selections. Sydney Booker was named Division 8-3A girls’ Best Defensive Player.
Lady Pirates head coach Greta Ainsworth stated, “We couldn’t buy a basket tonight and everything they put up went in. It is tough to get this far in the division tournament and come up short. But, the good thing is we are still alive and able to play another day. I challenged them after the game to take care of their business in the playoffs and we may have a chance to see this team again.”
The Pirates (23-7) defeated the West Marion Trojans 54-45 to claim the Division 8-3A title. Dimitri Cook scored 19 points followed by Iran Delavallade with 10. Cook was named the MVP of Division 8-3A while Delavallade earned Best Defensive Player. Buddy Kennedy was named Coach of the Year. Dylan Swanier and Prescott Williams were selected honorable mention while Tyvon Williams, Ashton Haulk and Kristan Alford were all named to the All-Division team.
Pirates head coach Buddy Kennedy commented, “It seemed like everything was a struggle tonight but we were able to hold on and gain the win. It was a frustrating game but we worked through it. Now, we must refocus for the next season in front of us with the playoffs.”
The first round of the state playoffs began for the girls on Monday, February 18th. The Lady Tigers routed the Northeast Lauderdale Lady Trojans 75-25. Reed scored 28 points and five assists in the win to lead all scorers. Hart added 13 points, nine rebounds and three blocks. Breanna Smith scored 15 points including the game’s first seven points. Galloway added four assists, four steals and two points.
Bay High head coach Debbie Triplett stated, “We played a whole game tonight. We have played poorly before but tonight we played a full 32 minutes. We played some solid defense and when we got on some good runs we executed. Jamaya Galloway opened some things up for everyone by the way she penetrated and drew the defense to her. She is learning to do that. Overall, it was a solid effort. Now, we need to refocus and get ready to play again Thursday in another elimination game.”
The Lady Pirates of Pass Christian defeated Kemper County 52-32 in their first round Class 3A matchup Monday night. Aleigha Bowser scored 15 points and Aliyah Bell added 11 points in the win.
The boys’ teams – Bay High, Pass Christian and St. Stanislaus – began their state playoff journey last night. Game details will be available in Saturday’s edition. The Bay High Lady Tigers will be the host of the Class 4A girls South State tournament that is set to begin tomorrow. There will be four games tomorrow, two on Friday evening and the championship game is set for Saturday at 7 p.m.