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Bogue Chitto girls chasing state title

Daily Leader / File Photo / The Bogue Chitto Lady Cats are ready to make a run for a state championship as they battle West Union Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at Jackson State University. Members of the Lady Cats teams are (bottom, from left) Colby Terrell, Gracie Guynes, Cheyenne Hall, Taneshia May, Tukiyah Godbolt, Shakiriana Jefferson, Baileigh Jackson, Kayci Wallace; (standing) Coach Christi Terrell, Terri Ferguson, Kylie Hux, Lineka Newson, Karlie Williams, Pertashia Henderson, Terrah Nelson, Zariah Matthews, Karly Leake, Christian Black, Charlsie Wilson, Kaylin Heckard and Aleasha Goldbolt.

Daily Leader / File Photo / The Bogue Chitto Lady Cats are ready to make a run for a state championship as they battle West Union Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at Jackson State University. Members of the Lady Cats teams are (bottom, from left) Colby Terrell, Gracie Guynes, Cheyenne Hall, Taneshia May, Tukiyah Godbolt, Shakiriana Jefferson, Baileigh Jackson, Kayci Wallace; (standing) Coach Christi Terrell, Terri Ferguson, Kylie Hux, Lineka Newson, Karlie Williams, Pertashia Henderson, Terrah Nelson, Zariah Matthews, Karly Leake, Christian Black, Charlsie Wilson, Kaylin Heckard and Aleasha Goldbolt.

BOGUE CHITTO – The Bogue Chitto Lady Cats are three wins away from their first state championship since 1995.

Christi Terrell’s team punched its ticket to the Big Dance Friday by defeating Durant 70-54.

The Lady Cats (29-3, 4-0) are ranked No. 1 in Class 1A polls. They blew through the regular season, winning several games by a wide margin and won the Region 7-1A crown undefeated. In the opening round of the Class 1A state tournament, BC blasted Sacred Heart 78-17.

On Thursday BC takes on the West Union Lady Eagles in the third round of the state tournament at Jackson State University. Tipoff is 10:30 a.m.

The Lady Eagles (26-10), coached by Matt Thompson, defeated Jumpertown 46-35 in the first round and Hamilton 54-38 in the second round to advance in the state tournament.

“We are a team based on playing team ball which is directed by seniors,” Terrell said. “We are a mature team and I expect the best from them. Getting to the state tournament is an accomplishment and it required us to play hard the last game against a good Durant team. All the teams are good at this level and we must want it more than anyone else.

Terrell’s squad has been together for several seasons, and a team-first mentality has helped BC get this far.

“They love each other and they know the team’s success is more important than anything,” she said. “We have to want it more than anyone else. We have to play both offensively and defensively at a high level. We must defend and prevent West Union from scoring easy baskets. We will need a complete team effort from everyone. We must play hard and have fun.”

BC’s starting rotation is Zariah Matthews (18.1 ppg, 5.7 rebounds, 4.1 assist, 4.0 steals); Karlie Williams (6.7 ppg, 3.7 rebounds); Christian Black (6.1 ppg, 6.6 rebounds); Terrah Nelson (6.5 ppg, 5.7 rebounds); Taneshia May (5.9 ppg, 5.4 rebounds) and Shakirianna Jefferson (9.8 ppg, 2.8 rebounds).

The Lady Cats’ reserves are Lineka Newson, Pertashia Henderson, Karly Leake, Takiyah Godbolt, Baleigh Jackson, Cheyenne Hall, Charlsie Wilson and Kylie Hux.

Key Lady Eagles players to watch for are Gracen Conlee, a 5-7 senior guard who averages 15.2 points and 6.3 rebounds per game; Kylie Massengill, a 5-5 junior guard with a average of 14.2 points and 3.9 rebounds per game; and Marley Long, a 5-7 senior forward who is currently averaging 12.5 points and 6.5 rebounds per game.