Region 7-2A championship pairings set for Friday at West Lincoln

Published 2:40 pm Wednesday, February 8, 2023

It’ll be West Lincoln versus Bogue Chitto in the Region 7-2A girl’s championship game and East Marion meeting Bogue Chitto in the Region 7-2A boy’s championship game on Friday at West Lincoln.

Action on Friday begins with the girl’s consolation game between Amite County and Loyd Star at 4 p.m. The boy’s consolation game will see those same two schools meeting at approximately 5:30 p.m. and the championship games will follow.

Here’s a recap of semifinal action from Tuesday in Jack Case Gymnasium.

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Bogue Chitto 63, Loyd Star 39 (Girls)

Bogue Chitto (14-8) used a barrage of 3-pointers to pick up its third win of the season over Loyd Star (8-16).

BC made a combined nine shots from deep as the Loyd Star defense tried to slow down junior center De’Mya Porter in the paint.

Senior guard Fayth Magee had the hot hand for Bogue Chitto as she scored a team best 18 points on six made 3-pointers. Freshman Destinee Thompson scored 15 points and made three 3-pointers. Porter scored 12 points, junior Tykiara May scored eight points, sophomore Neeli Magee added three points and freshman Kyndra Quinn scored two points. Sha Careon Smith and Kassidi Watts rounded out the BC scoring with one point each.

The Bobcats are coached by Marc Howard.

Bogue Chitto beat Loy Star 66-42 when the two teams first met on Jan. 17 and then closed out the regular season last Friday with a 63-45 win at Loyd Star.

Loyd Star will play on the road next week when the MHSAA 2A State Tournament begins. The Hornets are coached by first year head coach James Russell Cruise. 

The Hornets got a team high nine points from junior guard Riley Thornton. Other scorers for the Hornets included senior forward Alyssa Leggett with six points, eighth grade forward Maddi Kate Britt with six points, senior guard Carson Hughey scored four points, junior guard Kazlin Calcote scored three points, junior forward Natalie Womack scored three points, freshman guard Sydni Cruised scored two points, senior forward Marley Britt scored two points, junior forward Lydia Bass and freshman Sylvia Bass scored two points too.

Bogue Chitto 71, Amite County 58 (Boys)

Bogue Chitto and Amite County had two closes games when they met in the regular season with the Bobcats winning by nine on the road and by just four points at home on Jan. 31.

AC led 29-28 at halftime on Monday, but saw BC exploded out to a 53-40 advantage after three quarters.

Bogue Chitto (19-4) was led by 30 points from sophomore point guard Devonta Thompson. Junior guard Shomari Jenkins added 21 points for the Bobcats. Freshman forward Randy Crisler added 10 points, senior guard Cameron Williams scored eight points and sophomore Kristopher Payton added two points for Bogue Chitto.

Senior Quinton Anderson scored 13 points to lead Amite County (8-16).

West Lincoln 57, Amite County 14 (Girls)

To win a competition going away means that you won by a lot. That’s about the best way to describe the domination that West Lincoln displayed against Amite County (6-17).

West Lincoln (20-1) and coach Alissa Adams led 30-10 at halftime.

The home team that wears green was led by 25 points from senior guard Kara Beth Addison. Senior forward Takyla “Moosy” Brothern scored 14 points, with 12 of those coming in the first half. Mary Claire Johnson scored six points, Madilyn Case added four points, Preslee Rushing scored two points, Ramsey Hall scored two points, Addi Myers scored two points, Alexis Johnson scored one point and Emma Quin scored one point.

A win on Friday in the championship game would give West Lincoln six straight Region 7-2A tourney titles.

East Marion 67, Loyd Star 63 OT (Boys)

The finale provided the best game of the slate as East Marion and Loyd Star battled to see who’d face top seed Bogue Chitto in the championship.

All three meetings between the teams have been close this season. EM won 74-70 at Loyd Star on Jan. 13 and then took a 73-66 win at home on Jan. 31.

The game was tied at 56-56 to end regulation. Loyd Star led 31-28 at halftime.

Senior guard Julius Smith led Loyd Star with 20 points. Junior forward Colby Terrell scored 16 points, junior guard Nathan Mills added 14 points, senior guard Blake Thornton scored nine points and junior Caleb Yarborough added three points.

Loyd Star (12-11) and coach Seth Britt will play on the road next week when the MHSAA 2A Stat Tournament tips off.

East Marion (16-4) is in the championship game after finishing fourth in the region tournament last year and having an overall record of 11-15. 

The Eagles scored 11 points in overtime, but just two of those came on a made field goal, as EM went 9-of-13 from the free throw line during the four minute session.