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Area basketball teams advance to State playoffs

It’s State Tournament time! Winners of today’s and Thursday’s games will play in the Big House next week!

Four high school basketball teams from Copiah County are still alive in post-season play and will participate in the MHSAA state tournament, which begins today, Monday, February 18. 

Hazlehurst’s boys will play at Southeast Lauderdale on Tuesday night at 7 o’clock.  The Indians, 16-10 and the third place team from Region 6-3A after falling to Crystal Springs 77-64 in the semi-finals of the Region 6-3A tournament last Thursday, are facing the runners-up from Region 5-3A.  Southeast Lauderdale fell 44-37 to Morton in Friday night.

Wesson’s girls are hosting the first round of the playoffs tonight after securing a second place finish in the Region 6-2A tournament last week.  The Lady Cobras defeated St. Andrew’s on Wednesday, then beat Hinds AHS in Thursday’s semi-final to secure the home first-round game.  In Friday’s championship, Loyd Star stopped the Lady Cobras and took home the Region 6-2A gold.

Both Crystal Springs teams advanced in 3A play.  The Tigers won the 6-3A crown by defeating Raymond 54-52 in Friday’s championship game.  They will host Choctaw Central, Region 5-3A fourth, on Tuesday at 7 p.m.  The Lady Tigers fell to Raymond Friday evening in the championship game, and, as the 6-3A girl’s runners-up, will host Choctow Central’s girls, Region 5-3A third, today at 7 p.m.

Winners of today’s and tomorrow’s games will play on Thursday.


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