Lady Panthers in 5A semifinals tonight in Jackson

Published 11:11 am Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Ole Brook is back in the Mississippi Coliseum for a second straight year as the Brookhaven High Lady Panthers are again one of the final four teams left in the MHSAA 5A State Tournament.

A title game opportunity is on the line tonight at 5:30 p.m. in the Big House when BHS (11-5) takes on Holmes County Central (14-5).

Coach Preston Wilson and his team qualified for the semifinals with a 47-43 win over Wayne County Friday in Sinclair Gymnasium.

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In their third-round win over Wayne, BHS went 6-of-12 from the 3-point line on the night. Junior Kyja Willis was 3-of-5 from deep herself as she finished with 12 points and four rebounds.

Senior point guard Ashanti Louis also added 12 points for the Lady Panthers while dishing out a team-high five assists.

Angel Wilkinson added nine points while senior Timyia Cooper scored four points as did sophomore center Leah Wilcher. Aniyah Cook, Denaejah Williams and Makyia Stallings all scored two points apiece.

Wilcher also blocked three shots and grabbed five rebounds.

In their quarterfinal game, Holmes County took out Columbus by a 53-45 final. Columbus was the defending 5A champs after beating Brookhaven High last year at Ole Miss in the finals.

Holmes finished as runners-up during the regular season to Neshoba Central in Region 3-5A — but they beat NC 69-66 in the division tournament finals.

Neshoba Central (22-5) and Laurel (16-2) meet in the other 5A semifinal today.

The 5A state championship will take place Friday, March 5 at 3 p.m.