Brookhaven High hosting West Jones tonight in region tournament

Published 2:52 pm Tuesday, February 9, 2021

The Brookhaven High Lady Panthers will take on West Jones tonight at 6 p.m. in Sinclair Gymnasium.

The game is a first-round matchup in the Region 5-5A Tournament. Laurel is hosting South Jones in the other opening round girls’ game.

The winners from tonight will meet Friday at 5 p.m. for the title game at Laurel High School. At that same time Friday, the losers from tonight’s games will meet in the consolation game at Laurel Middle School.

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The team who wins the region tournament gets a first-round bye in the MHSAA 5A State Tournament that begins next week. The second-place team will host a first-round game while the third-place team will play on the road.

Brookhaven is 7-4 overall and 4-2 in region play. During the regular season the Lady Panthers split with West Jones in their two previous meetings.

On Jan. 5 BHS beat the Mustangs 45-33 in Soso. West Jones returned the favor 10 days later when they squeezed past BHS 36-30 in Sinclair Gymnasium.

There’s some momentum going for coach Preston Wilson’s club as the Lady Panthers won two big games last week. Last Tuesday, they beat Laurel 58-57 and Friday they took out Vicksburg High 62-52.

It was the first region defeat of the season for Laurel (11-2) and the win over Vicksburg (15-6) broke a nine-game winning streak for the Missy Gators.

Sophomore Angel Wilkinson scored 19 for BHS in the win over Laurel and junior Kyja Willis chipped in 13 points.

The game against Vicksburg was a rematch of the 2020 5A state semifinals as the Lady Panthers took the Missy Gators out last season in the Mississippi Coliseum.

Four Lady Panthers were in double figures Friday against VHS, led by senior point guard Ashanti Louis with 17 points. Junior forward Denaejah Williams added 12 points and five rebounds while Wilkinson scored 13 points and Willis added 11 points of her own.

Last season BHS won both the girls and boys Region 5-5A titles in the tournament hosted by South Jones in Ellisville.

Due to COVID-19 related issues, the Brookhaven High boys’ team has had to forfeit their opening round game against Laurel.

Coach Marcus Flippin and his Panthers (1-10) will be able to play in the consolation game on Friday though.

The Panthers will await the loser between West Jones and South Jones. That consolation game will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will be played at Laurel Middle School.