Gators, Missy Gators pick up road wins against Columbus

Published 9:05 am Wednesday, January 24, 2024

Vicksburg High took the longest road trip in MHSAA Region 2-6A and returned home happy.

Tyler Henderson scored 26 points for his second game in a row in double figures, and the Gators beat Columbus 61-47 on Tuesday to take a commanding lead in the region standings.

Davian Williams also scored in double figures, with 17 points, and Jaylin Jackson finished with seven.

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The Gators trailed by four points entering the fourth quarter, then outscored Columbus 25-7 in the final period.

Mike Hood led Columbus (15-6, 3-3 Region 2-6A) with 13 points and Jayden Tatum scored 11.

Vicksburg (18-4, 6-1) took a two-game lead in the region standings with three to play. It can clinch the No. 1 seed for the region tournament by beating Ridgeland (16-8, 4-3) on the road on Jan. 30, or by winning one of its other remaining games if Ridgeland also loses one.

The Region 2-6A tournament begins Feb. 6 at Callaway High School in Jackson.

Vicksburg 47, Columbus 28
Kierra James had a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds, and the Vicksburg Missy Gators pulled away from Columbus in the second half to earn a big win in Region 2-6A.

Cynia Johnson added nine points and six rebounds for Vicksburg (7-16, 4-3 Region 2-6A), and Jordan Grace scored eight points. The Missy Gators trailed 16-15 after a sluggish first half, then held Columbus (2-17, 1-5) to only 12 points in the second half.

With the victory, the Missy Gators took a big step toward securing the No. 3 seed in the Region 2-6A tournament. They have a two-game lead on Ridgeland for the spot, with three to play.

The remaining schedule is not easy, however. The Missy Gators finish the regular season with a home game against first-place Neshoba Central on Friday, and road games at Ridgeland (Jan. 30) and Warren Central (Feb. 2).