Championship schedule for Saturday 3A & 6A

The last 4 games of the 2020-2021 Basketball Season will be played. Can Starkville repeat?

3A Championship Schedule

1:00 – Belmont vs Kossuth – Girls

3:00 – Booneville vs St. Andrews – Boys

6A Championship Schedule

5:00 – Olive Branch vs Germantown – Girls

7:00 – Starkville vs Clinton – Boys

Championship schedule for Friday 2A & 5A

Friday, the dream of the gold ball will become a reality for 4 teams. Holmes County Central looking for the sweep.

2A Championship Schedule

1:00 – New Site vs Calhoun City – Girls

3:00 – Coahoma County vs Newton – Boys

5A Championship Schedule

5:00 – Laurel vs Holmes County Central – Girls

7:00 – Lake Cormorant vs Holmes County Central – Boys

Championship Schedule for Thursday 1A & 4A

Thursday, March 4, 2021, 4 teams will capture the gold ball! Who will it be?

Ingomar is looking for the sweep as both the girls and boys have made it to the championship game.

1A Championship Schedule

1:00 – West Lowndes vs Ingomar – Girls

3:00 – Biggersville vs Ingomar – Boys

4A Championship Schedule

5:00 – Choctaw Central vs Pontotoc – Girls

7:00 – Raymond vs Lanier – Boys

2021 Misshsaa Final Four schedule

Monday, March 1
9:00 AM    Class 1A Girls: Biggersville vs. West Lowndes
10:30 AM  Class 1A Girls: Ingomar vs. Simmons
12:00 PM  Class 1A Boys: Biggersville vs. McAdams
1:30 PM     Class 1A Boys: Ingomar vs. McEvans
4:00 PM     Class 4A Girls: Choctaw Central vs. Pass Christian
5:30 PM     Class 4A Girls: Pontotoc vs. Moss Point
7:00 PM     Class 4A Boys: Itawamba AHS vs. Raymond
8:30 PM     Class 4A Boys: Pontotoc vs. Lanier

TUESDAY, March 2
9:00 AM     Class 2A Girls: New Site vs. Newton
10:30 AM  Class 2A Girls: Calhoun City vs. Union
12:00 PM  Class 2A Boys: Coahoma County vs. Bay Springs
1:30 PM     Class 2A Boys: Calhoun City vs. Newton
4:00 PM     Class 5A Girls: Neshoba Central vs. Laurel
5:30 PM     Class 5A Girls: Holmes County Central vs. Brookhaven
7:00 PM     Class 5A Boys: Lake Cormorant vs. Hattiesburg
8:30 PM     Class 5A Boys: Holmes County Central vs. Forest Hill

Wednesday, March 3
9:00 AM     Class 3A Girls: Belmont vs. Kemper County
10:30 AM  Class 3A Girls: Kossuth vs. Crystal Springs
12:00 PM  Class 3A Boys: Booneville vs. Kemper County
1:30 PM     Class 3A Boys: Senatobia vs. St. Andrew’s
4:00 PM     Class 6A Girls: Olive Branch vs. Meridian
5:30 PM     Class 6A Girls: Germantown vs. Harrison Central
7:00 PM     Class 6A Boys: Clinton vs. Harrison Central
8:30 PM     Class 6A Boys: Starkville vs. Oak Grove

Misshsaa Elite 8 BOYS schedule

All Games This Saturday, winners will go the Final Four

Class 6A

Clinton at Tupelo

Brandon at Harrison Central

Olive Branch at Starkville

Gulfport at Oak Grove

Class 5A

Callaway at Lake Cormorant

Hattiesburg at Pascagoula

Center Hill at Holmes County Central

Picayune at Forest Hill

Class 4A

Itawamba AHS at Shannon

Raymond at Pass Christian

Yazoo City at Pontotoc

Florence at Lanier

Class 3A

Houston at Booneville

Tylertown at Kemper County

Noxubee County at Senatobia

Jefferson Davis County at St. Andrew’s

Class 2A

Coahoma County at New Site

East Marion at Bay Springs

Northside at Calhoun City

St. Patrick at Newton

Class 1A

Coffeeville at Biggersville

Leake County at McAdams

Byers at Ingomar

Stringer at McEvans

Misshsaa Elite 8 girls schedule

All Games This Friday, winners will go the Final Four

CLASS 6A

Madison Central at Olive Branch

Gulfport at Meridian

Tupelo at Germantown

Harrison Central at Brandon

CLASS 5A

Cleveland Central at Neshoba Central

Pascagoula at Laurel

Holmes County Central at Columbus

Wayne County at Brookhaven

CLASS 4A

Choctaw Central at Tishomingo County

Pass Christian at Quitman

Louisville at Pontotoc

Moss Point at Raymond

CLASS 3A

Noxubee County at Belmont

Jefferson Davis County at Kemper County

Tylertown at Crystal Springs

CLASS 2A

Northside at New Site

Newton at Bay Springs

Mantachie at Calhoun City

West Lincoln at Union

CLASS 1A

Myrtle at Biggersville

Sacred Heart at West Lowndes

West Union at Ingomar

Sebastopol at Simmons

Greenwood slams door on Florence

Behind the strength of second and fourth quarter dominance, Greenwood defeated Florence 66 to 44.  In just the second and fourth quarters alone, Greenwood outscored Florence 49 to 21.  Deandre Smith scored 17 points, grabbed 12 rebounds, dished out 5 assists, with 2 blocks and 3 steals. He did everything but park cars in the park lot.  Teammates Javardrick Jackson and Jaydon Nwachi poured in 13 and 10 points respectively.  Jacquan McDonel had a game high 29 points for Florence.  Greenwood improves to 26-7.  Florence finishes 25-9.

Falcons look to continue historic season

There seems to be a theme this season for the Wingfield Falcons. Their 85-47 win over East Central two weeks ago, marked their 20th win of the season. It was the first time since the 2010-2011 season that the team has accomplished such a feat. The Falcons are also the reigning JPS Holiday Tournament Champions, their first win of the long running tournament in a decade. Now, they are two wins away from another historical accomplishment – a state championship.

Head Coach Spencer Gatlin is no stranger to success. He grew up in McComb and was a two sport athlete before moving to Jackson. Having missed summer football workouts, he turned his attention to basketball playing at Hardy before heading across the street for high school. As a member of the Provine Ram basketball team under coach Wayne Brent, Gatlin learned big lessons on how to be successful both on and off the court. 

“He told us to write down our goals and not just things that we imagined, but write down things we wanted (to accomplish) and write down how we were going to get there,” Gatlin said. “‘I still use that to this day.”

One of Gatlin’s goals was to one day return to the sidelines at Provine as a coach. The alum checked that off his list when he returned as an assistant coach under Luther Riley. That year, the Rams matched up with Wingfield in the state playoffs. The Falcons kept the game close and had a chance to win it in the final seconds. However, a series of missed shot attempts as the clock ticked to zero gave Provine the win over Wingfield. Provine would go on to eventually win the state championship, but the game was forever cemented in Gatlin’s mind.

“I remember playing Wingfield and saying ‘I would love to coach that team,’” said Gatlin. “They had some great athletes and Coach Sanders had done a great job. I wrote down that one of my goals was to coach (at) Wingfield”

Gatlin’s road to his dream job has been nothing short of interesting. While serving as the assistant boys basketball coach at Provine, he was also the head football coach at Chastain Middle School where he racked up multiple city championships. He tossed his name in the hat for a series of high school coaching positions, but was met with rejection.

“I was trying to get hired as a head coach on a high school level and I made it to some interviews and was a finalist in a couple opportunities, but never got the head job,” said Gatlin. “They kept saying, ‘Well you don’t have any coaching experience on the high school level.’”

Gatlin took a series of high school coaching positions to gain experience. His first high school job was as the head golf coach at Bailey Magnet. He then added the head baseball and head football at Bailey. He was then hired as the first boys basketball and cross country coach at the newly opened Germantown High School. Under his direction, the Mavericks played for a district championship, two county championships and made the playoffs 3 out of 5 years. 

However, when longtime coach Herman Sanders decided to retire, Gatlin accepted the job that he had years before written down – head coach at Wingfield High School. 

“There is a rich tradition of having solid athletes in South Jackson,” said Gatlin. “The middle school programs had great talent, but would end up all over the city. So I knew that if I could keep our kids here, we could be successful”

Under Gatlin’s leadership, the Falcons have brought a type of excitement back to the South Jackson school that has been absent for a while. Games are filled with steals leading to breakaway layups and high-flying dunks. Spectators pack the home stands and fill travel buses in support. There is an air of electric excitement when the young men take the floor. 

They have earned the hype. The team has four players with scoring averages in the double digits. Senior Damarion Arrington is averaging nearly 17 points per game. According to MaxPreps, the 6’ 4” combo player has also recorded 87 blocks this season while averaging 1.5 steals and 5.8 rebounds per game.  

“(Demarion) does a little bit of everything for us. On the defensive end he is our run protector. He can score on every level. He plays above the rim like nobody else in the state.”

Senior team captain Deonta Griffin is averaging 12.3 points, 5.3 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 2.5 steals per game. Jaqwone Curry not only averages in the double digits in scoring, but is the team’s leading rebounder. The 6’4” senior is averaging 10.5 points and 8.2 rebounds per game. He has recorded at least 8 double-doubles this season including a 17 point, 18 rebound performance against Lanier. Kentavian Hogan, a junior, also averages 10.9 points per game and shares ball-handling responsibility with Griffin in the team’s two point guard system. The team also gets significant minutes from Reginald Thomas, Johnny Flowers and Damon Haynes who got a slow start to the season due to injury. It is a collective effort by a group of young men who can often be seen celebrating the others on-court success.

“These guys love each other. They love being in the gym,” says Gatlin. “I really feel like they love me and will do anything for me. They have taken pride in being a family and being brothers in not just the word but the actions.

Gatlin’s goal sheet now includes bringing the first basketball state championship to Wingfield. The Falcons will continue that quest tomorrow as they face cross-town rival Callaway in the semi-finals of the 5A tournament.

Ripley Advances to 4A Girls Championship Game

Lead by the duo of Amelya Hatch and Siarra Jackson, the Lady Tigers of Ripley punched their ticket to the 4A Girls Championship Game Thursday at 5:00 pm at Ole Miss.  Ripley (32-2) defeated Raymond (18-13) 49 to 33.  They will play the winner between Moss Point and Pontotoc.  The game was fairly close throughout.  Ripley’s 2-3 defense bothered the Lady Rangers, but ultimately it was the inside presence of Ripley that did them in.  Ripley finished the game on a 10-2 run and outscored Raymond 15 to 4 in the fourth quarter.  Jackson finished with 16 points, 9 rebounds, and 1 steal.  Raymond was paced by Junior guard Zykeria Anderson with 17 points.