West Lincoln girls advance in playoffs

Published 6:00 am Friday, February 25, 2005

The host West Lincoln Lady Bears are on their way to thesemifinals of the South Mississippi Class 1A playoffs aftereliminating the Union Lady Jackets 74-47 Thursday night in JackCase Gymnasium in quarterfinals action.

In other games last night, the McAdams Lady Bulldogs beatEnterprise 62-48, the Benoit Brooks Lady Tigers squeezed by theBogue Chitto Lady Bobcats 66-59 and the Mize Lady Bulldogs bouncedthe Durant Lady tigers 59-46.

In today’s semifinals, Benoit Brooks meets Mize at 6 p.m. andWest Lincoln tangles with McAdams at 7:30. Saturday’s consolationgame is set for 6 and the championship game at 7:30.

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West Lincoln 74, Union 47

We came out and set the tone on offense anddefense,” said West Lincoln coach Lane Young. “We shot the ballreally well and got up and guarded. Our intensity was at a high.But still we need to be ready for tomorrow.”

The West Lincoln girls (25-3) were led by Alicia Kennedy with 22points and 12 rebounds. Erica Shaw pumped in 19 points, grabbed 6rebounds and made 2 steals. Lauren Smith fired in 12 points,collected 5 rebounds and made 3 steals. Following with 10 pointsand 8 rebounds was Moncia Price.

“West Lincoln played better than us,” said Union coach TimLaird. “We dug ourselves a big hole and never could get out. I hadto use some of my young girls because my other main girl was outwith the flu.”

The Union girls (20-10) got 19 points and 9 rebounds was CarlenaClemmons. Amechia Hickmon netted 13 points and grabbed 4rebounds.

McAdams 62, Enterprise 48

“McAdams was a very athletic and quick and my girls played hardand never gave up,” said Enterprise girls coach Jill Nations. “Ifeel like our team surprised a lot of people to make it to thesecond round of South Mississippi.”

The 15-11 Enterprise girls were powered by Alisha Mason’s 17points. Deanna Albritton netted 11 points.

“My girls played pretty good,” said McAdams coach WatsonJackson. “We missed a lot of free throws. We wanted to win. We didgood on offense and defense. We were able to keep control ofEnterprise No. 24 (Alisha Mason) with our defense.”

The 28-8 McAdams girls got 16 points each from Angenette Seawoodand Ashley Brown. Keianna Lewis netted 13 points followed byLachelle Kilbert with 10.

Benoit Brooks 66, Bogue Chitto 59

Meleah Brown led the Bogue Chitto girls (20-10) with 25 points,5 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals. Kimberlee Thomas netted 18points, led off the backboards with 14 rebounds and had 3 assists.Tanesha Johnson finished with 12 points and 7 rebounds.

“We hustled tonight,” said Bogue Chitto first-year coach ChristiTerrell. “We didn’t make our free throws. And we did everything wecould to give it away. Overall, we had a good season. I’m proud ofmy girls. They gave a lot of effort and hustled through out theyear.”

The leading scorer of the game was Benoit Brooks’ Dinica Thomaswith 40 points. Ashley Love finished with 18 points for the 16-9Lady Tigers.

“I think this game was by far the toughest game we had allyear,” said Benoit Brooks coach Jaboria Rash-Walker. “My girls didwhat they had to do to win. And we wanted to win. We stress theimportance of the second half is the most important. We had an okayfirst half, but we came out on fire in the second half.”

Mize 59, Durant 46

Anna Voelz’s 27 points paced the Mize girls to the win. RosemaryGreen finished with 15 points for the 24-6 Lady Bulldogs.

Durant (21-9) got 15 points from Renata Lowe. Sunsea Shaw had 11points followed by LaVannah White with 10.