West Lincoln coach draws double duty in South 1A playoffs
West Lincoln basketball coach Lane Young has been workingovertime. Young is preparing two teams for the South MississippiClass 1A quarterfinals.
Young’s Lady Bears host the South 1A quarterfinals today in JackCase Gymnasium. His Bears travel to Puckett today for the 1Aquarterfinals and play Durant at 4 p.m.
Young isn’t a NASCAR driver so he’ll have a police escortdriving him back to West Lincoln to coach his girls at 7 tonightagainst Union. He’ll ride the team bus to Puckett.
In other South girls games today, Bogue Chitto plays BenoitBrooks at 4, Durant meets Mize at 5:30 and Enterprise plays McAdamsat 8:30 p.m.
At Puckett, West Lincoln and Durant will be followed by Dextervs. Benoit Brooks at 5:30, MSD vs. McAdams at 7 and Puckett vs.Greenville St. Joseph at 8:30.
Semifinals are Friday night at 6 and 7:30. Consolation andchampionship games are Saturday night at 6 and 7:30.
Admission is $6. Only MHSAA state passes will be accepted.
The top 3 finishers advance to the state tournament next week atJackson’s Mississippi Coliseum
Young said his Bears will tackle a talented Durant team atPuckett. “Durant has at least five starters and two subs who cango. They are very athletic. They push the ball up and down thecourt. They like to shoot the three.”
Young said his team must rebound well and shoot the ball withaccuracy to keep up with the high-octane Tigers.
Senior guard Tyler Smith leads the Bears in scoring. Juniorforward Shane Lynch scored 25 points and hit 7 treys in Tuesday’s56-52 opening round win over Mt. Olive. Kevin King, Steven Jonesand Bradleigh Rice also start for the 18-9 Bears.
Asked about the Lady Bears’ opponent, Young said, “Union has twopretty good post players. We played them last year in the firstround,” and beat the Lady Jackets 41-35.
“Their point guard is probably the best shooter on the team,”Young noted. “They have played in a pretty tough division withScott Central and Sebastopol. Defensively, they’ll play some typeof zone defense.”
Senior forward Alicia Kennedy poured in 25 points in Monday’s72-51 win over Mt. Olive. Guards Lauren Smith and Erica Shaw added12 and 11 points respectively. Brittnee Smith and Monica Price alsostart for the 24-3 Lady Bears.
“We hope Bogue Chitto and Enterprise will bring good crowds,”said Young. “I hope we’ll have a big crowd for our game.”
Coach Jill Nations said her girls expected to play Thomastownuntil she received a telephone call from the Mississippi HighSchool Activities Association yesterday. “We had a pretty goodreport on Thomastown. Then we had to do a little backtracking andfind out some things about McAdams.”
Nations said McAdams is a perimeter team on offense. “They shootthe three-point goal real quick. The more they shoot, the morechance they have to score. They hit the offensive boards.
“Our girls are really looking forward to it, especially afterMonday night,” said Nations. Her Lady Jackets upset No. 1 seedStringer 70-65 on the road, scoring a season-high total in thevictory.
The Lady Jackets (15-10) were led by junior forward AlishaMason’s 32 points. Playmaker Kaylin Burke added 14 points. DeannaAlbritton, Jana Brister and Kacey Rutland also start forEnterprise.
“We have to rebound well against them,” said Nations. On thebackboards, Brister, Rutland and Mason are the main rebounders forEnterprise.
Bogue Chitto first-year coach Christi Terrell said Benoit Brooksis an athletic team. “From what I’ve heard, they like to penetrate.They’re pretty quick.”
Terrell’s Lady ‘Cats edged Puckett 46-43 Monday night, led byMeleah Brown’s 19 points.
“Hopefully, we’ll be ready to play,” said Terrell. “We need tohit our offensive shots and keep hustling on defense.”
Brown is the team’s leading scorer. Kimberlee Thomas and TaneshaJohnson also lead the offense. Candace Braxton and Chelsey Millerstart at guard for the Lady ‘Cats (20-9).
The Durant girls knocked off No. 1 seed Scott Central inMonday’s opening round.
McAdams was a surprise entry after losing 63-55 to theThomastown girls Monday. The MHSAA determined that a Thomastownplayer was ineligible and informed the schools Wednesday.