Photo by Chris Todd
Shaquira Caradine (1) and Darianna Wilson (right) double-team a Louisville player in the semis.
Lady Indians, Devils move to finals
The Byhalia Lady Indians are one win away from a gold ball.
Coach James Sales’ team turned back Louisville 47-40 Monday in the Class 4A semi-finals and will meet Lawrence County Thursday with a state championship on the line.
A close first half saw the Lady Indians trailing the Lady Wildcats 20-19 at halftime in the final four game at Mississippi Coliseum.
But Byhalia (25-5) turned it up a notch in the second half, outscoring the opposition 10-5 in the third quarter and 18-15 in the fourth.
Lakiowa Milan got a key rebound with 26 seconds left and was fouled. She then calmly hit a pair of free throws to provide the seven-point winning margin.
Milan and Darianna Wilson were the top scorers with 11 points each. Shaquira Caradine added 10. Tialexus Stevenson had 12 rebounds.
Tipoff time for the state title game Thursday in Jackson is 6 p.m.
The Ashland Blue Devils are back in a familiar spot.
Coach Rolley Tipler’s team beat Houlka Monday 58-55 in the Class 1A semi-finals.
The Devils will play for a third straight state championship Thursday at 3 p.m. versus Okolona.
Ashland took a 12-6 lead after one quarter in the final four game. But the Wildcats bounced back to grab a 23-22 advantage at halftime.
Starting the third, Houlka went on a 9-0 run to lead 32-22. But the resilient Devils trimmed that to 38-34 after three periods.
Ashland put together its own 9-0 run in the fourth and enjoyed a 51-42 lead before winning by three.
Ocquavion Agyekum had 16 points for the Devils (23-11), Jamarqus Everett 14 and DeAnthony Tipler 10. Eric Bell grabbed 10 rebounds.