Bay High Lady Tigers cruise into MS Class 4A state final
By Joseph W. Gex, II
Mar 5, 2013, 18:24
The dream is still alive for the state's top-ranked Bay High Lady Tigers. On Monday, March 4th the Lady Tigers (35-0) cruised past the North Pontotoc Lady Vikings 74-31 at the Mississippi Coliseum in Jackson.
The win propels the Lady Tigers to the Class 4A state championship and a rematch with the last team to beat the Lady Tigers.
The Pontotoc Lady Warriors defeated the Lady Rangers of Raymond earlier on Monday to set up the rematch. Pontotoc defeated Bay High last year 58-41 and ultimately won the Class 4A state title.
On Monday evening, however, the Lady Tigers wasted little time establishing their presence with a 16-0 run en route to a 18-5 first period advantage.
Bay High pushed the lead even further by intermission with a 33-12 lead.
The Lady Tigers opened the second half with a 15-5 run keyed by Christa Reed's seven points. Bay High ended the period with a 57-26 lead.
In the final period, the Lady Tigers outscored North Pontotoc 17-5 to make the final tally.
Bay High head coach Debbie Triplett commented, "We did not do some things that I wanted to do but we shot the ball well and played very hard on defense. We had a very good effort in all aspects. Overall, I do not have many complaints as we are in the finals and 35-0."
The Lady Tigers had four players with double-digit points led by Reed with 28 points including 16 points in the third period. Breanna Smith added 18 points followed by Terrica Williams and Jamaya Galloway with 10 points each. Bretta Hart had eight points despite fouling out.
Reed added seven assists, seven rebounds and four steals while Williams had 10 rebounds. Smith chipped in six steals and four assists.
North Pontotoc head coach Shane Montgomery stated, "Bay High is an excellent team and may be the best team I have coached against in 30 years. They are an experienced team across the board who made it difficult for us to get anything going."
The Lady Vikings (23-8) were led by Chelsea Mabry with 10 points and Andrea Lewis, who lost her grandfather to cancer early Monday morning, with eight points.
The Lady Tigers will meet the Lady Warriors of Pontotoc for the Class 4A state championship at 7pm on Friday, March 8th at the Mississippi Coliseum in Jackson.
The Pass Christian Pirates (25-8) dropped a heartbreaker 37-36 in overtime to Velma Jackson in the Class 3A state semi-finals on Saturday, March 2nd.
Dimitri Cook led the Pirates with 15 points and four assists. Tyvon Williams added eight points and five rebounds.