Bay routs Raymond 66-36 for girls Class 4A South State title
By Joseph W. Gex, II
Feb 26, 2013, 19:42
The Bay High Lady Tigers, Mississippi’s top-ranked girls basketball team, sent a message to the rest of the state as to why they are ranked that high with a 66-36 rout of Raymond in the girls Class 4A South State title game Saturday night in the Wilmer Seymour Gymnasium.
The statement was loud and clear amongst the Bay High faithful in the rafters of the Tiger Dome. Officially, it took one hour and six minutes to state; however, it actually only took about eight minutes.
The Lady Tigers (34-0) jumped out to a 7-0 lead before Raymond scored and ended the first period with a 27-5 advantage. All five Lady Tiger starters scored in the opening period led Christa Reed with nine points.
The Lady Tigers ended the first period with a 12-0 run and started the second period with a 12-0 run. The Lady Rangers scored their fifth point with 3:13 left in the first period on a Callissia Willis three-pointer and did not score again until the 3:24 mark. It was a span of seven minutes and 49 seconds. The Lady Tigers held a 45-16 lead at intermission.
Bay High head coach Debbie Triplett commented, “ We came out firing on all cylinders. The girls gave a tremendous effort in all aspects of the game. We ran our offensive sets with precision that gave us some easy looks at the basket. On defense, we had them somewhat confused about what we were doing and that, in turn, helped our offensive production.”
In the second half of play, the Lady Tigers put it in overdrive as they cruised to a 60-24 lead after three periods before closing the game out.
Lady Tiger senior Terrica Williams stated, “It is really a blessing to be able to play with such a talented group. As a group, we are making history at Bay High right now. We have been working for this since we lost at the state tournament last year. We are a close group and understand each other so well. Bretta Hart is big and strong inside for us while Breanna Smith is a defensive specialist who steps up when she has to. Jamaya Galloway has come so far in her command of the floor and Christa Reed just does what Christa does.”
Reed led the Lady Tigers with 22 points, five rebounds, seven assists and five steals while Hart tallied 22 points, seven rebounds and six blocks. Williams chipped in 12 points and seven rebounds. Raymond was led by Arnitsay Robinson with nine points.
Bay High junior Christa Reed added, “We expected a lot from Raymond so we came out excited and ready to play. We know what past Bay High teams have accomplished and have been counting down to this point since last year. Coach (Debbie) Triplett’s biggest asset is she cares deeply for each and every one of us. Combine that with the fact that she knows just what to do in every situation on the court and you have a great coach. Now, it is time to redirect the focus and finish our mission.”
The Lady Tigers are off this week and will not resume action until Monday, March 4th in Jackson at the Mississippi Coliseum at 6:30pm against the loser of the Pontotoc/North Pontotoc game. Pontotoc eliminated the Lady Tigers last year in the Class 4A state semi-finals. If the Lady Tigers win on Monday, the state championship game is scheduled for Friday, March 8th at 7pm.
The Pass Christian Pirates are returning to the Class 3A state tournament as they defeated Morton high School 79-71 in double-overtime on Friday night. Dimitri Cook tallied a triple-double with 30 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds. Iran Delavallade added 19 points in the win.
On Saturday, the Pirates (25-8) fell in the Class 3A South State championship game 47-40. Cook scored 17 points followed by Kristian Alford with 13.
The Lady Pirates of Pass Christian (25-9) came up one win short of the Class 3A girls state tournament with their 79-66 loss to Choctaw Central on Friday evening. Aliyah Bell scored 19 points in the loss followed by Shaquari Smith with 18 and Raven Henderson with 17.