BY BRADLEY CROW
The youthful Lady Cobras of Wesson (27-7) had their Cinderella season brought to an end against two senior-laden squads in Scott Central and Bay Springs this weekend in the Class 2A South State Tournament.
The Lady Cobras were introduced to a new style of basketball in the tournament that saw rough, aggressive play as the rule instead of the exception. The Lady Cobras were hammered all weekend by older, more physical brands of basketball. The development of Wesson over the next year into a veteran squad of seniors themselves will be exciting for the Wesson community.
“I just left a bunch of teary-eyed young ladies in that dressing room,” stated a proud Wesson head coach Hugh Webb. “I am very pleased with the journey these young ladies just went on and the good news is that they will get better. I am tickled at the accomplishments and strides we made this year.”
Scott Central 44, Wesson 21
The District 6-2A champs ran into the buzzsaw in the South State tournament champions Friday evening in the Lady Rebels of Scott Central. The Lady Rebels whipped the Lady Cobras 44-21 and led 35-10 at the half.
Wesson, one night removed from filling it up against Newton, could not buy a basket in the first period and trailed 15-2 after one quarter. The Lady Cobras were led by Ann Shelby Davis and Shauntay Walker who each had 6 points on a horrific offensive night for the Lady Cobras.
Tyisha Amos led the Lady Rebels with 16. The Lady Rebels defeated Kemper County 38-34 Saturday night to win the South State title.
Bay Springs 73, Wesson 44
Wesson had no answer for Shumond Hughes who dominated the inside game with 27 points for Bay Springs. Bay Springs raced out to a 26-6 first quarter lead and led 41-19 at the half.
Davis and Walker each had 12 points for the Lady Cobras while junior Macie Case collected 6 points on the night. Walker had 6 rebounds for the Lady Cobras as well.
Taquita Collier had 17 points in support of Hughes for Bay Springs as they advance to the state tourney at the coliseum with the victory.