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BA in MAIS state tourney Tuesday night

The Brookhaven Academy Lady Cougars begin play in the MAIS 4A State Tournament Tuesday at 5:15 p.m. at Hartfield Academy. BA will play the North No. 2 seed Bayou Academy from Cleveland. 

The Lady Cougars (24-11) beat Silliman Institute 56-42 Saturday in the South State consolation game. Freshman forward Lillie Gates led BA with 19 points, 14 rebounds and nine blocked shots for coach Ron Kessler. Sophomore Madison Moak added 15 points for the Lady Cougars in the win. Both Gates and Moak were named to the All-Tournament team.

Bayou (24-8) pulled a huge upset in the semifinals of the north state tournament when they beat Leak Academy 55-40. Leake came into that game with a 31-1 overall record.  The winner of the BA and Bayou game will play the winner of Hartfield Academy and Starkville Academy at 1 p.m. Friday in the state semifinals.