Girls basketball roundup: Missy Gators win; WC and PCA stumble

Published 2:03 pm Wednesday, January 22, 2020

The Vicksburg Missy Gators’ shooting touch wasn’t great on Tuesday night, but it didn’t stop them from adding another win to their resumé.

Sha’Kora Knight and Tiarra Jones scored 13 points apiece as the Missy Gators beat Provine 59-56. The win ensured Vicksburg will have at least the No. 3 seed in the MHSAA Region 4-5A tournament next month, as well as the inside track to the No. 1 seed.

The Missy Gators (13-7, 3-1 Region 4-5A) are tied with Provine (12-7, 3-1) for first place, and two games ahead of both Callaway and Ridgeland with two region games remaining. They’ve already beaten Callaway twice to own the head-to-head tiebreaker.

Sha’Kora Knight

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Vicksburg only shot 23-of-72 (32 percent) from the field against Provine, was 8-for-39 from 3-point range, and 15-for-33 from the free throw line. Eight players scored at least two points, however, and they did enough on defense to squeak out the win.

Yakia Burns finished with seven points and 10 rebounds for Vicksburg, and Jones had nine rebounds to go along with her 13 points.

Murrah 44, Warren Central 41
Warren Central trimmed an eight-point deficit in the fourth quarter to one in the final minute, but committed two turnovers down the stretch and lost to Murrah on Tuesday.

The Lady Vikes (8-9, 0-3 MHSAA Region 4-6A) lost their fifth game in a row despite giving Murrah (18-5, 3-0) a much harder time than in their first meeting a week ago in Jackson. Murrah won that game by 20 points, but never pulled away in this one.

Mylani Galbreath led Murrah with 19 points, including seven in the fourth quarter. Tyraven McGowan added seven.

Ashlea Raney led Warren Central with 15 points, Aniya Sanders scored 14 and Zykerri Segrest had 10.

Greenville-St. Joe 52, Porter’s Chapel 41
Greenville-St. Joseph shut down Porter’s Chapel Academy in the fourth quarter Tuesday and escaped with a hard-fought victory.

The teams entered the fourth quarter tied at 37, but Greenville-St. Joe outscored PCA 17-4 in the final period. Ashanti Brown led the Irish with a game-high 25 points, and Cha’Koriea Holmes scored 13.

Hannah Embry and Brittnee Martin scored 15 points apiece to lead PCA. Anna Grace White grabbed seven rebounds.