2020 MHSAA State Championships Report

2020 MHSAA State Championships Report

The MHSAA moved the championship games to the Pavilion at Ole Miss and it was a huge success. The Ole Miss media did an outstanding job with this first time event in north Mississippi. The facility and people working the event made it first class. I can’t wait to see how it advances from here on out.

The stats listed are unofficial but are close to what the players accomplished on the court (mostly because I run my mouth too much and don’t pay the closest attention the entire game). The stats used are based on the highest numbers from what I keep, the score book has or stats listed on MaxPreps. These stats were provided by Cspirehoops.com and olemissstats.com

How do you get on the Magnolia Hoops Report? I put players on here that catch my eye or have a combined stat total of ten. Catching my eye could be leadership from the bench, winning the game or just hard play. Combined stat line of ten can be in any form. It’s doesn’t have to be points only. It can be any of the stats added up to make double-digits.

The Magnolia Hoops Player of the Game award goes to the player that affects the game the most for the winning team. The Katie Roberts Photography Senior Snapshot is the senior that either had the best stat line or one that next level coaches need to be aware of.

The Magnolia Hoops Head of the Class is the player with the best stat line by grade. The Magnolia Hoops Starting Five is the top five players with the best stat line for the entire day. The Magnolia Hoops Head Coach is the Coach that did the best job with their team. The Katie Roberts Photography Senior Squad is the top five seniors with the best stat lines. The Magnolia Hoops Best Game is either the best or most interesting game of  the day. The Magnolia Hoops Top Five Teams is the best teams on this day and not necessarily the entire year.


1A State Championships

Thursday March 5, 2020

From The Pavilion at Ole Miss

Oxford, MS

Girls Game

(G) Pine Grove Lady Panthers 30-8 (1A Ripley, MS) 48

MS #29, 1A #1

Baldwyn Lady Bearcats 25-6 (1A Baldwyn, MS) 41

MS #56, 1A #3

Notes: Coach Katie Bates and her Lady Panthers completed the task of the four-peat in front of the largest crowd of the entire championships.

Pine Grove (traveled 61 miles) 48

’20’s

Loren Elliott 5-9 G/F 21 pts 7-11 fg 3 3’s 4-4 ft 9 reb 1 ast 1 blk 3 st

Karlie Rogers 6-0 C 22 pts 10-15 fg 18 reb 1 ast

Baldwyn (traveled 70 miles) 41

’20’s

I’Yana Ragin 5-4 G 21 pts 2 3’s 2 reb 4 st

Amarie Anderson 5-3 G 11 pts 1 3’s 2 reb 2 ast 7 st

C Spire Scholar Athletes

Bella Jumper

Pine Grove

5-8 ’20 G

5 pts 1 3’s 1 reb 1 ast

Emilee Hill

Baldwyn

5-4 ’21 G

5 pts 3-3 ft 1 reb 0 turnovers

C Spire Player of the Game

Karlie Rogers

Pine Grove

6-0 ’20 C

22 pts 10-15 fg 18 reb 1 ast

Magnolia Hoops Player of the Game

Loren Elliott

Pine Grove

5-9 ’20 G/F

21 pts 7-11 fg 3 3’s 4-4 ft 9 reb 1 ast 1 blk 3 st

Katie Roberts Photography

Senior Snapshot

I’Yana Ragin

Baldwyn

5-4 ’20 G

21 pts 2 3’s 2 reb 4 st

Congrats to the 4-peat 1A Girls State Champs

Coach Katie Bates

and the

Pine Grove Lady Panthers


Boys Game

(B) Ingomar Falcons 36-2 (1A New Albany, MS) 47

MS #18, 1A #1

Baldwyn Bearcats 18-13 (1A Baldwyn, MS) 45

MS #86, 1A #5

Notes: First off, congrats to Coach Jonathan Ashley and his Ingomar Falcons for earning the state championship. There is not a more deserving team than these guys. They play basketball the right way and truly are a team. Hats off to Baldwyn for actually making this a good game. They went in against the 1A giants and took them down to the wire. Baldwyn was able to hold and contain Zach Shugars (6-2 ’21 G Ingomar 4 pts 2 reb 2 ast 1 blk 2 st) in all but one play. That one play ended up being #3 on Sportscenter Top 10 and will be remembered for ages around Ingomar. Zach said, “This is what you dream of as a kid. Playing in the back yard, grabbing the ball then counting down from 5 and shooting.” His 18 foot jumper he connected was one that he practices all the time. He is deadly from the lost mid-range game. One thing that is missed by most on the historic shot is the wedge blockers going down the court. Ingomar is a school that doesn’t have football but Clayton Stanford (6-2 ’20 F Ingomar 20 pts 8-10 ft 5 reb 1 st) and Nyhiem Jones (6-6 ’20 F/C Ingomar 4 pts 2-4 fg 4 reb) would be great offensive linemen or special teams blockers. They set up a perfect wall for him to get behind them to get the shot off. Then he stepped up and nailed it. This is also a storybook ending to the season for Shugars. Over the summer he suffered a leg injury playing travel ball and he worked his tail off to get back on the court this year.

Video of Game Winner

This play came behind a game-tying put back from Riley Hoard (6-4 ’20 F/C Baldwyn 13 pts 6-8 fg 7 reb 1 blk 1 st 0 turnovers) with 9 seconds to go. Andy Trollinger (6-2 ’22 G Baldwyn 2 reb 3 ast 1 blk 1 st) did a great job of limiting Shugars to 2 points and 2 rebounds up until the buzzer-beater. Another note of interest for me was the play of freshman Jamaury Marshall (5-10 ’23 G Baldwyn 6 pts 2 3’s 1 reb). He played very valuable composed minutes for the Bearcats and will be a very good player to keep an eye on going forward. Baldwyn Coach Grant Goolsby just ended his fourth season as head coach and he now has two second place finishes in the four years. That’s not Tony Tadlock status but it’s pretty dang good. Can he also get a little credit for helping create a state champion? This group of Ingomar juniors and seniors were coached by him in junior high at Ingomar.

Ingomar (traveled 36 miles) 47

’20’s

Nathan Weeden 6-0 G 7 pts 1 3’s 6 reb 2 ast

Clayton Stanford 6-2 F 20 pts 8-10 ft 5 reb 1 st

Nyhiem Jones 6-6 F/C 4 pts 2-4 fg 4 reb

’21’s

Zach Shugars 6-2 G 4 pts 2 reb 2 ast 1 blk 2 st Game winning buzzer beater

Tyson Smithey 6-3 F 7 pts 13 reb 1 st

Baldwyn (traveled 70 miles) 45

’20’s

Gabe Richardson 5-8 PG 19 pts 1 3’s 8-10 ft 2 reb 1 ast 5 st

Jacolby Williams 6-2 G/F 6 pts 5 reb 1 ast 1 st

Riley Hoard 6-4 F/C 13 pts 6-8 fg 7 reb 1 blk 1 st 0 turnovers

’22’s

Andy Trollinger 6-2 G 2 reb 3 ast 1 blk 1 st

’23’s

Jamaury Marshall 5-10 G 6 pts 2 3’s 1 reb

C Spire Scholar Athletes

Luke Roberts

Ingomar

5-10 ’20 G

Jacolby Williams

Baldwyn

6-2 ’20 G/F

6 pts 5 reb 1 ast 1 st

C Spire Player of the Game

Clayton Stanford

Ingomar

6-2 ’20 F

20 pts 8-10 ft 5 reb 1 st

Magnolia Hoops Player of the Game

Zach Shugars

Ingomar

6-2 ’21 G

4 pts 2 reb 2 ast 1 blk 2 st Game winning buzzer beater

Katie Roberts Photography

Senior Snapshot

Gabe Richardson

Baldwyn

5-8 ’20 PG

19 pts 1 3’s 8-10 ft 2 reb 1 ast 5 st

Congrats to the 1A Boys State Champs

Coach Jonathan Ashley

and the

Ingomar Falcons


4A State Championships

Thursday March 5, 2020

From The Pavilion at Ole Miss

Oxford, MS

Girls Game

(G) Ripley Lady Tigers 32-2 (4A Ripley, MS) 37

MS #6, 4A #1

Moss Point Lady Tigers 25-8 (4A Moss Point, MS) 30

MS #19, 4A #4

Notes: Rivers Adams (5-7 ’20 F Ripley 10 pts 2-2 fg 6-7 ft 7 reb 1 ast) stepped up big in the fourth quarter to help Ripley win the 4A Gold Ball. Robyn Lee (5-8 ’20 G Moss Point 24 pts 6-8 ft 11 reb 1 ast 3 st) had a big double-double in the loss for Moss Point.

Ripley (traveled 54 miles) 37

’20’s

Siarra Jackson 5-9 F 5 pts 7 reb 2 ast 0 tunrovers

Rivers Adams 5-7 F 10 pts 2-2 fg 6-7 ft 7 reb 1 ast

Amelya Hatch 5-6 G 6 pts 5 reb 1 ast 1 st

Summer Kirkman 5-6 G 8 pts 2 3’s 4 reb 1 ast 1 blk

Moss Point (traveled 327 miles) 30

’20’s

Robyn Lee 5-8 G 24 pts 6-8 ft 11 reb 1 ast 3 st

’22’s

Michaela Payton 5-11 F 3 pts 3-4 ft 3 reb 4 blk 1 st 0 turnovers

C Spire Scholar Athletes

Summer Kirkman

Ripley

5-6 ’20 G

8 pts 2 3’s 4 reb 1 ast 1 blk

Robyn Lee

Moss Point

5-8 ’20 G

24 pts 6-8 ft 11 reb 1 ast 3 st

C Spire Player of the Game

Rivers Adams

Ripley

5-7 ’20 F

10 pts 2-2 fg 6-7 ft 7 reb 1 ast

Magnolia Hoops Player of the Game

Rivers Adams

Ripley

5-7 ’20 F

10 pts 2-2 fg 6-7 ft 7 reb 1 ast

Katie Roberts Photography

Senior Snapshot

Robyn Lee

Moss Point

5-8 ’20 G

24 pts 6-8 ft 11 reb 1 ast 3 st

Congrats to the 4A Girls State Champs

Coach Steve Willey

and the

Ripley Lady Tigers


Boys Game

(B) Greenwood Bulldogs 26-7 (4A Greenwood, MS) 62 OT

MS #16, 4A #2

Raymond Rangers 25-8 (4A Raymond, MS) 59

MS #10, 4A #1

Notes: Greenwood came into this game wanting to dethrone the reigning 4A powers. It took an extra four minutes but they finally knocked the favorites from the top. This game was very close with each team not getting a lead more than 7 points. The Bulldogs were powered by DeAndre Smith (6-2 ’22 G Greenwood 30 pts 11-19 fg 2 3’s 7 reb 4 ast 1 blk 2 st). He absolutely refused to lose and did whatever he needed to do on both ends of the court. He came into the state tournament as an unknown on the hardwood and walks out of the Pavilion on everybody’s radar similar to what he is on the football field. From what I hear, he is a high level qb on the Friday night grass. He has potential to play either sport on the next level.

Greenwood (traveled 83 miles) 62

’20’s

Marshakie Applewhite 6-4 F/C 9 pts 4-6 fg 5 reb 2 ast

Quaterus Silas 6-3 F 7 pts 3-6 fg 6 reb 2 ast 1 blk 1 st

Montrell Harris 5-11 PG 6 pts 3-4 fg 4 reb 3 ast 1 st

’21’s

Omar Emmons 5-9 PG 4 pts 2-4 fg 4 reb 1 ast 1 blk 1 st

Javardrick Jackson 6-5 F/C 6 pts 2-4 fg 3 reb 2 st

’22’s

DeAndre Smith 6-2 G 30 pts 11-19 fg 2 3’s 7 reb 4 ast 1 blk 2 st

Raymond (traveled 176 miles) 59

’20’s

Jordan Marshall 6-1 G 16 pts 7-12 fg 2 3’s 5 reb 1 ast 1 blk 2 st 0 turnovers

Martavin McWilliams 6-3 G 2 pts 7 reb 3 st

Kendarius Armstrong 6-1 F 7 pts 3-5 fg 6 reb

Kearius Stimage 6-5 F/C 13 pts 4-8 fg 5-6 ft 7 reb 4 blk 3 st

’22’s

Tremaine Dixon 5-10 PG 12 pts 1 3’s 6 reb

Jabarie Robinson 6-0 G 9 pts 2 ast 1 st

C Spire Scholar Athletes

Marshakie Applewhite

Greenwood

6-4 ’20 F/C

9 pts 4-6 fg 5 reb 2 ast

Martavin McWilliams

Raymond

6-3 ’20 G

2 pts 7 reb 3 st

C Spire Player of the Game

DeAndre Smith

Greenwood

6-2 ’22 G

30 pts 11-19 fg 2 3’s 7 reb 4 ast 1 blk 2 st

Magnolia Hoops Player of the Game

DeAndre Smith

Greenwood

6-2 ’22 G

30 pts 11-19 fg 2 3’s 7 reb 4 ast 1 blk 2 st

Katie Roberts Photography

Senior Snapshot

Kearius Stimage

Raymond

6-5 ’20 F/C

13 pts 4-8 fg 5-6 ft 7 reb 4 blk 3 st

Congrats to the 4A Boys State Champs

Coach Fredric Ford

and the

Greenwood Bulldogs


2A State Championships

Friday March 6, 2020

From The Pavilion at Ole Miss

Oxford, MS

Girls Game

(G) Calhoun City Lady Wildcats 30-3 (2A Calhoun City, MS) 67 OT

MS #32, 2A #4

Coahoma County Lady Red Panthers 29-4 (2A Clarksdale, MS) 57

MS #15, 2A #1

Notes: Calhoun City and Coahoma County had a really good game with Calhoun City pulling off the upset in overtime. Both of these teams are loaded with size. Coach Moore from Coahoma County continues to double dip with the boys and girls in championship games.

Calhoun City (traveled 41 miles) 67

’20’s

Damya Campbell 5-10 F 13 pts 5-7 ft 14 reb 1 ast 1 blk

Ajala Mays 5-8 G 9 pts 6 reb 2 ast 3 st

’21’s

Nashira Jennings 5-9 G 23 pts 10-15 fg 3-3 ft 6 reb 2 ast 4 st

Conley Langford 5-7 G 4 pts 7 reb 1 ast

Quay Bailey 6-0 F 2 pts 10 reb

’22’s

Makynzy Campbell 5-9 G 16 pts 7 reb 2 blk 3 st

Coahoma County (traveled 64 miles) 57

’20’s

Nakia Cheatum 6-0 F 16 pts 7-12 fg 10 reb 1 ast 1 blk 1 st

Shakira Artis 5-6 F 10 pts 2 3’s 5 reb 3 ast 1 st

Calysia Phillips 5-5 G 22 pts 4-5 ft 6 reb 5 ast 7 st

’21’s

Tyana McClenton 5-9 F 3 pts 11 reb 2 blk 2 st

’22’s

Nyriah Artis 5-5 G 4 pts 2 reb 1 blk 3 st

C Spire Scholar Athletes

Arianna Campbell

Calhoun City

5-8 ’21 G

Calysia Phillips

Coahoma County

5-5 ’20 G

22 pts 4-5 ft 6 reb 5 ast 7 st

C Spire Player of the Game

Nashira Jennings

Calhoun City

5-9 ’21 G

23 pts 10-15 fg 3-3 ft 6 reb 2 ast 4 st

Magnolia Hoops Player of the Game

Damya Campbell

Calhoun City

5-10 ’20 F

13 pts 5-7 ft 14 reb 1 ast 1 blk

Katie Roberts Photography

Senior Snapshot

Nakia Cheatum

Coahoma County

6-0 ’20 F

16 pts 7-12 fg 10 reb 1 ast 1 blk 1 st

Congrats to the 2A Girls State Champs

Coach Rob Fox

and the

Calhoun City Lady Wildcats


Boys Game

(B) Coahoma County Red Panthers 24-10 (2A Clarksdale, MS) 56

MS #42, 2A #2

Potts Camp Cardinals 24-8 (2A Potts Camp, MS) 36

MS #56, 2A #3

Notes: Coahoma County came to the Championship Game playing like a complete team. Christopher Abby (6-0 ’22 G/F Coahoma County 12 pts 4-8 fg 4 3’s) only connected on 4 shots but they were 4 big consecutive shots that gave Coach Moore the separation he needed. Abby helped spark a 21-8 1st quarter with his big 3’s. Tarkevious Logan (6-0 ’21 Coahoma County G/F 10 pts 12 reb 3 ast 1 blk 2 st) and Keshun Holly (6-4 ’20 F/C Coahoma County 8 pts 4-7 fg 11 reb 1 blk 2 st) battled the bigger Cardinals the whole game for rebounds while Bentavious “Ben” Galmore (5-7 ’20 G Coahoma County 17 pts 6-12 fg 1 3’s 4-4 ft 4 reb 4 ast 2 st) helped control the 4th quarter.

Coahoma County (traveled 64 miles) 56

’20’s

Bentavious “Ben” Galmore 5-7 G 17 pts 6-12 fg 1 3’s 4-4 ft 4 reb 4 ast 2 st

Keshun Holly 6-4 F/C 8 pts 4-7 fg 11 reb 1 blk 2 st

Markevious Holmes 5-5 G 5 pts 1 3’s 1 reb 1 ast 1 blk 3 st

’21’s

Tarkevious Logan 6-0 G/F 10 pts 12 reb 3 ast 1 blk 2 st

’22’s

Christopher Abby 6-0 G/F 12 pts 4-8 fg 4 3’s

Potts Camp (traveled 37 miles) 36

’20’s

Martavious “Tay” Frost 6-4 F 7 pts 3-5 fg 9 reb 1 blk

Kedavian Faulkner 5-8 G 13 pts 4 ast 1 st

’21’s

Mitchell Saulsberry 6-5 G/F 12 pts 14 reb 1 blk 4 st

C Spire Scholar Athletes

Bentavious “Ben” Galmore

Coahoma County

5-7 ’20 G

17 pts 6-12 fg 1 3’s 4-4 ft 4 reb 4 ast 2 st

Nathan Peace

Potts Camp

5-11 ’20 G/F

C Spire Player of the Game

Bentavious “Ben” Galmore

Coahoma County

5-7 ’20 G

17 pts 6-12 fg 1 3’s 4-4 ft 4 reb 4 ast 2 st

Magnolia Hoops Player of the Game

Christopher Abby

Coahoma County

6-0 ’22 G/F

12 pts 4-8 fg 4 3’s

Katie Roberts Photography

Senior Snapshot

Keshun Holly

Coahoma County

6-4 ’20 F/C

8 pts 4-7 fg 11 reb 1 blk 2 st

Congrats to the 2A Boys State Champs

Coach Derrick Moore

and the

Coahoma County Red Panthers


5A State Championships

Friday March 6, 2020

From The Pavilion at Ole Miss

Oxford, MS

Girls Game

(G) Columbus Lady Falcons 26-4 (5A Columbus, MS) 55

MS #13, 5A #2

Brookhaven Lady Panthers 28-4 (5A Brookhaven, MS) 51

MS #5, 5A #1

Notes: Silentianna Collins (6-0 ’20 G Brookhaven 22 pts 2 3’s 8-8 ft 14 reb 3 ast 9 blk) had a monster game and near triple-double in the loss to a very athletic Columbus team. Columbus pulled of the big upset to take the Gold Ball back to the GTA.

Columbus (traveled 114 miles) 55

’20’s

Bri Smith 5-7 F 1 pts 6 reb 2 ast 3 st 0 turnovers

Aniya Saddler 5-11 G 19 pts 9 reb 3 ast 1 st

’21’s

Danyjhia “D.J.” Jackson 5-4 G 17 pts 6-10 fg 3 3’s 5 reb 3 ast 2 st

’22’s

Makayla Rieves 5-11 F 4 pts 6 reb 3 blk 2 st

’23’s

Shania Givens 5-8 G/F 13 pts 1 3’s 7 reb 1 ast 1 blk

Brookhaven (traveled 217 miles) 51

’20’s

Ayanna McNairy 5-8 G 15 pts 5-9 fg 3 3’s 2 reb 2 ast 3 st

Silentianna Collins 6-0 G 22 pts 2 3’s 8-8 ft 14 reb 3 ast 9 blk

’21’s

Ashanti Louis 5-5 G 5 pts 2-3 fg 8 reb 3 ast 2 st

C Spire Scholar Athletes

Charity Yeates

Columbus

5-11 ’22 F

Genesis Frazier

Brookhaven

5-4 ’21 G

C Spire Player of the Game

Aniya Saddler

Columbus

5-11 ’20 G

19 pts 9 reb 3 ast 1 st

Magnolia Hoops Player of the Game

Danyjhia “D.J.” Jackson

Columbus

5-4 ’21 G

17 pts 6-10 fg 3 3’s 5 reb 3 ast 2 st

Katie Roberts Photography

Senior Snapshot

Silentianna Collins

Brookhaven

6-0 ’20 G

22 pts 2 3’s 8-8 ft 14 reb 3 ast 9 blk

Congrats to the 5A Girls State Champs

Coach Yvonne Hairston

and the

Columbus Lady Falcons


Boys Game

(B) Callaway Chargers 25-5 (5A Jackson, MS) 78

MS #1, 5A #1

Center Hill Mustangs 25-9 (5A Olive Branch, MS) 62

MS #2, 5A #2

Notes: This was supposed to be the big game but it ended up being the not so great game. Callaway came to take the Gold Ball back to Beasley Road and they didn’t let up. They proved to be the most dominant team in Mississippi by finishing the season as the only team not to lose to a Mississippi team. Big Johnathan “John” Crumley (6-7 ’20 C Callaway 17 pts 8-11 fg 13 reb) had his best game of the season on this big stage while Daeshun Ruffin (5-10 ’21 G Callaway 33 pts 4 3’s 13-14 ft 6 reb 4 ast 1 blk 6 st 0 turnovers) was doing Daeshun things. His lightning quick explosion was in full affect as he wowed the crowd. One of his biggest stats was the 0 turnovers while doing all this work. Decorian “DeDe” Payton (6-6 ’21 F/C Center Hill 28 pts 12-16 fg 9 reb 2 st) played his last high school game and he did everything he could for the Mustangs.

Callaway (traveled 156 miles) 78

’20’s

Johnathan “John” Crumley 6-7 C 17 pts 8-11 fg 13 reb

Kendarius Buckley 6-2 G 4 pts 4 reb 3 ast

Cuwandric Samuel 6-3 G 12 pts 6-8 ft 6 reb 6 ast 1 st

’21’s

Daeshun Ruffin 5-10 G 33 pts 4 3’s 13-14 ft 6 reb 4 ast 1 blk 6 st 0 turnovers

’22’s

Keivion Hunt 5-10 G 8 pts 6 reb 2 ast 4 st

Center Hill (traveled 61 miles) 62

’20’s

Decorian “DeDe” Payton 6-6 F/C 28 pts 12-16 fg 9 reb 2 st

Jacquez Hardin 6-1 G 10 pts 1 3’s 4 reb 2 ast 3 st

’21’s

Zandon Haralson 6-5 SF 8 pts 3 reb 1 blk 3 st

Kaeden Laws 6-5 G/F 6 pts 8 reb 1 ast 4 blk 1 st

C Spire Scholar Athletes

Jordan Brister

Callaway

5-5 ’20 G

4 pts 2-3 fg 1 reb 1 ast 2 st

Carlos Torres

Center Hill

6-1 ’21 G

C Spire Player of the Game

Daeshun Ruffin

Callaway

5-10 ’21 G

33 pts 4 3’s 13-14 ft 6 reb 4 ast 1 blk 6 st 0 turnovers

Magnolia Hoops Player of the Game

Johnathan “John” Crumley

Callaway

6-7 ’20 C

17 pts 8-11 fg 13 reb

Katie Roberts Photography

Senior Snapshot

Decorian “DeDe” Payton

Center Hill

6-6 ’20 F/C

28 pts 12-16 fg 9 reb 2 st

Congrats to the 5A Boys State Champs

Coach David Sanders

and the

Callaway Chargers


3A State Championships

Saturday March 7, 2020

From The Pavilion at Ole Miss

Oxford, MS

Girls Game

(G) Senatobia Lady Warriors 28-4 (3A Senatobia, MS) 57

MS #16 , 3A #1

Ruleville Central Lady Tigers 28-5 (3A Ruleville, MS) 45

MS #43, 3A #4

Notes: Jacorriah “JB” Bracey (5-11 ’20 G Ruleville Central 38 pts 2 3’s 14-17 ft 10 reb 1 ast 6 st) gave the Ole Miss fans a preview of what she will be like on her future home court. Her big performance wasn’t enough to overcome a really good Senatobia team. Coach Jones has a very good squad.

Senatobia (traveled 46 miles) 57

’20’s

Sharday Richardson 5-7 G 15 pts 7-14 fg 5 reb 5 ast 4 st

Tanajah Saulsberry 5-10 G/F 9 pts 5 reb 6 ast 4 st

Presley Hansford 5-10 G/F 6 pts 2 reb 1 blk 2 st

Nariah Alexander 5-7 G/F 6 pts 6-6 ft 4 reb 2 ast 3 st 0 turnovers

’21’s

Tiana Abron 5-5 G/F 6 pts 2 3’s 1 reb 2 ast 2 st 0 turnovers

Tiara Abron 5-7 G 13 pts 5 reb 1 ast 2 st

Ruleville Central (traveled 86 miles) 45

’20’s

Jacorriah “JB” Bracey 5-11 G 38 pts 2 3’s 14-17 ft 10 reb 1 ast 6 st

’22’s

Shamiyah Thomas 5-9 F 7 pts 12 reb 3 st

C Spire Scholar Athletes

Presley Hansford

Senatobia

5-10 ’20 G/F

6 pts 2 reb 1 blk 2 st

Jacorriah “JB” Bracey

Ruleville Central

5-11 ’20 G

38 pts 2 3’s 14-17 ft 10 reb 1 ast 6 st

C Spire Player of the Game

Sharday Richardson

Senatobia

5-7 ’20 G

15 pts 7-14 fg 5 reb 5 ast 4 st

Magnolia Hoops Player of the Game

Tanajah Saulsberry

Senatobia

5-10 ’20 G/F

9 pts 5 reb 6 ast 4 st

Katie Roberts Photography

Senior Snapshot

Jacorriah “JB” Bracey

Ruleville Central

5-11 ’20 G

38 pts 2 3’s 14-17 ft 10 reb 1 ast 6 st

Congrats to the 3A Girls State Champs

Coach Tosheba Jones

and the

Senatobia Lady Warriors


Boys Game

(B) St. Andrew’s Episcopal Saints 29-6 (3A Ridgeland, MS) 61

MS #27, 3A #4

Velma Jackson Falcons 30-6 (3A Camden, MS) 40

MS #11, 3A #1

Notes: St. Andrew’s was a team that got tired of being counted out. Coach Cronin and his guys controlled the pace of the game and was money from the free-throw line. They shot 83% connecting on 20 of them to help control the game. Rashad Bolden (6-0 ’21 PG St. Andrew’s 25 pts 3 3’s 12-12 ft 6 reb 1 ast 2 st 0 turnovers) did his part before fouling out early. He smashed 12 of 12 from the charity stripe while not committing a turnover. Noel Wiggs (6-3 ’20 C St. Andrew’s 12 pts 4-4 fg 4-6 ft 7 reb 3 st) played way above his size to help Bolden out against the much more athletic Falcons. The Saints also used this game to avenge to earlier losses to Velma Jackson. Sometimes it’s better to win the war instead of winning a battle. For Velma, Jordan Harvey (6-3 ’21 G/F Velma Jackson 12 pts 6 reb 1 blk 2 st) battled hard to help them in the comeback attempt.

St. Andrew’s (traveled 153 miles) 61

’20’s

Arness Georgetown 6-5 F 8 pts 4-7 fg 6 reb 6 ast 1 blk 1 st

Noel Wiggs 6-3 C 12 pts 4-4 fg 4-6 ft 7 reb 3 st

’21’s

Rashad Bolden 6-0 PG 25 pts 3 3’s 12-12 ft 6 reb 1 ast 2 st 0 turnovers

’22’s

Jake Dowdell 6-3 G 10 pts 2 3’s 2 reb 2 ast

Javion Johnson 6-2 G/F 6 pts 4-6 ft 5 reb 3 ast

Velma Jackson (traveled 132 miles) 40

’20’s

Charlie Jones 6-2 F 5 pts 8 reb 2 ast

Mason Riley 5-6 G 6 pts 2 reb 9 ast 3 st

’21’s

Joshua “Josh” Lee 6-2 G 10 pts 2 3’s 5 reb 0 turnovers

Jordan Harvey 6-3 G/F 12 pts 6 reb 1 blk 2 st

C Spire Scholar Athletes

Noel Wiggs

St. Andrew’s

6-3 ’20 C

12 pts 4-4 fg 4-6 ft 7 reb 3 st

Mason Riley

Velma Jackson

5-6 ’20 G

6 pts 2 reb 9 ast 3 st

C Spire Player of the Game

Rashad Bolden

St. Andrew’s

6-0 ’21 PG

25 pts 3 3’s 12-12 ft 6 reb 1 ast 2 st 0 turnovers

Magnolia Hoops Player of the Game

Noel Wiggs

St. Andrew’s

6-3 ’20 C

12 pts 4-4 fg 4-6 ft 7 reb 3 st

Katie Roberts Photography

Senior Snapshot

Arness Georgetown

St. Andrew’s

6-5 ’20 F

8 pts 4-7 fg 6 reb 6 ast 1 blk 1 st

Congrats to the 3A Boys State Champs

Coach Brian Cronin

and the

St. Andrew’s Episcopal Saints


6A State Championship

Saturday March 7, 2020

From The Pavilion at Ole Miss

Oxford, MS

Girls Game

(G) Olive Branch Lady Conquistadors 24-6 (6A Olive Branch, MS) 75

MS #4, 6A #4

Clinton Lady Arrows 25-5 (6A Clinton, MS) 51

MS #1, 6A #1

Notes: Olive Branch looked dominant in this win. Endya Buford (5-7 ’20 G Olive Branch 40 pts 12-22 fg 1 3’s 15 ft made 6 reb 3 ast 8 st) was able to drop a 40 piece with the fans chanting forty, forty.

Olive Branch (traveled 59 miles) 75

’20’s

Bryneisha Eason 5-10 F 8 pts 6-6 ft 10 reb 1 ast 1 st

Nadia Gillespie 5-9 F 10 pts 4-8 fg 7 reb 1 blk 2 st

Endya Buford 5-7 G 40 pts 12-22 fg 1 3’s 15 ft made 6 reb 3 ast 8 st

’21’s

Brynea Eason 5-9 F 4 pts 7 reb 1 ast 1 st

’22’s

Rhema Pegues 5-8 G 6 pts 5 reb 2 ast 2 st

Clinton (traveled 165 miles) 51

’20’s

Jakayla Johnson 5-9 G 10 pts 1 3’s 8 reb

Kimbreyell McBride 5-9 G/F 8 pts 1 3’s 4 reb 1 ast

Niela Hawthorne 5-9 F 8 pts 2-4 fg 4-5 ft 1 reb 1 st 0 turnovers

Jamiyah Martin 5-7 G/F 6 pts 2-3 fg 4 reb 3 ast 2 st

’23’s

Kaitlyn Walker 5-9 F 7 pts 2-4 fg 3-3 ft 5 reb 1 ast 1 blk 1 st

C Spire Scholar Athletes

Nadia Gillespie

Olive Branch

5-9 ’20 F

10 pts 4-8 fg 7 reb 1 blk 2 st

Jamiyah Martin

Clinton

5-7 ’20 G/F

6 pts 2-3 fg 4 reb 3 ast 2 st

C Spire Player of the Game

Endya Buford

Olive Branch

5-7 ’20 G

40 pts 12-22 fg 1 3’s 15 ft made 6 reb 3 ast 8 st

Magnolia Hoops Player of the Game

Bryneisha Eason

Olive Branch

5-10 ’20 F

8 pts 6-6 ft 10 reb 1 ast 1 st

Katie Roberts Photography

Senior Snapshot

Nadia Gillespie

Olive Branch

5-9 ’20 F

10 pts 4-8 fg 7 reb 1 blk 2 st

Congrats to the 6A Girls State Champs

Coach Jason Thompson

and the

Olive Branch Lady Conquistadors


Boys Game

(B) Starkville Yellow Jackets 29-2 (6A Starkville, MS) 58

MS #4, 6A #2

Murrah Mustangs 20-11 (6A Jackson, MS) 51

MS #9, 6A #6

Notes: The last time I saw Starkville, Coach Carter had a bunch of little guards. They looked like they just came out of Space Jam when they took Craddock Court at The Pavilion. They jumped out to a large lead then Murrah fought back. Murrah finally took the lead late in the game then Coltie Young (6-3 ’21 G Starkville 10 pts 3 3’s 1 reb 2 ast 2 st) stepped up with back-to-back long three’s to grab the lead back. Trey Jackson (6-2 ’20 G Starkville 16 pts 7-9 fg 2 3’s 5 reb 1 ast 1 st 0 turnovers) looked really good in the Championship game.

Starkville (traveled 101 miles) 58

’20’s

Forte Prater 6-0 G 18 pts 2 3’s 4 reb 4 ast 2 st

Trey Jackson 6-2 G 16 pts 7-9 fg 2 3’s 5 reb 1 ast 1 st 0 turnovers

’21’s

Coltie Young 6-3 G 10 pts 3 3’s 1 reb 2 ast 2 st

Jarmarvious Phillips 6-2 F 5 pts 2-4 fg 1 3’s 6 reb 2 ast 4 blk 2 st

Murrah (traveled 160 miles) 51

’20’s

Christian Evans 6-2 G 14 pts 6-11 fg 1 3’s 5 reb 0 turnovers

Kenard Bowie 6-5 F 16 pts 6-10 fg 1 3’s 3-4 ft 6 reb 2 ast 2 blk 1 st

’21’s

Jamaal Esco 5-11 G 9 pts 3-4 ft 4 reb 6 ast 1 st

Joseph Dupree 6-6 F 10 pts 10 reb 1 ast

C Spire Scholar Athletes

Trey Jackson

Starkville

6-2 ’20 G

16 pts 7-9 fg 2 3’s 5 reb 1 ast 1 st 0 turnovers

Zach Wallace

Murrah

6-2 ’20 G

C Spire Player of the Game

Forte Prater

Starkville

6-0 ’20 G

18 pts 2 3’s 4 reb 4 ast 2 st

Magnolia Hoops Player of the Game

Coltie Young

Starkville

6-3 ’21 G

10 pts 3 3’s 1 reb 2 ast 2 st

Katie Roberts Photography

Senior Snapshot

Trey Jackson

Starkville

6-2 ’20 G

16 pts 7-9 fg 2 3’s 5 reb 1 ast 1 st 0 turnovers

Congrats to the 6A Boys State Champs

Coach Greg Carter

and the

Starkville Yellow Jackets


Magnolia Hoops Head Coach

The best coaching job that I saw during this time period.

Brian Cronin

St. Andrew’s Episcopal


Magnolia Hoops Girls Head Coach

The best coaching job that I saw during this time period.

Rob Fox

Calhoun City


Magnolia Hoops Best Game

The best game that I saw during this time period.

Ingomar 47 OT

Baldwyn 45


Magnolia Hoops Girls Best Game

The best game that I saw during this time period.

Calhoun City 67 OT

Coahoma County 57


Magnolia Hoops Top 5 Teams

The top five teams that I saw during this time period.

Callaway

Starkville

Murrah

Greenwood

Raymond


Magnolia Hoops Girls Top 5 Teams

The top five teams that I saw during this time period.

Olive Branch

Columbus

Brookhaven

Senatobia

Ripley


Magnolia Hoops Head of the Class

The best players in their respective classes that I saw during this time period based on stats.

2020: Decorian “DeDe” Payton 6-6 F/C Center Hill

28 pts 12-16 fg 9 reb 2 st

2021: Daeshun Ruffin 5-10 G Callaway

33 pts 4 3’s 13-14 ft 6 reb 4 ast 1 blk 6 st 0 turnovers

2022: DeAndre Smith 6-2 G Greenwood

30 pts 11-19 fg 2 3’s 7 reb 4 ast 1 blk 2 st

2023: Jamaury Marshall 5-10 G Baldwyn

6 pts 2 3’s 1 reb


Magnolia Hoops Girls Head of the Class

The best players in their respective classes that I saw during this time period based on stats.

2020: Endya Buford 5-7 G Olive Branch

40 pts 12-22 fg 1 3’s 15 ft made 6 reb 3 ast 8 st

2021: Nashira Jennings 5-9 G Calhoun City

23 pts 10-15 fg 3-3 ft 6 reb 2 ast 4 st

2022: Makynzy Campbell 5-9 G Calhoun City

16 pts 7 reb 2 blk 3 st

2023: Shania Givens 5-8 G/F Columbus

13 pts 1 3’s 7 reb 1 ast 1 blk


Magnolia Hoops Starting 5

The top five players that I saw during this time period based on stats.

Daeshun Ruffin

5-10 ’21 G Callaway 33 pts 4 3’s 13-14 ft 6 reb 4 ast 1 blk 6 st 0 turnovers

DeAndre Smith

6-2 ’22 G Greenwood 30 pts 11-19 fg 2 3’s 7 reb 4 ast 1 blk 2 st

Decorian “DeDe” Payton

6-6 ’20 F/C Center Hill 28 pts 12-16 fg 9 reb 2 st

Rashad Bolden

6-0 ’21 PG St. Andrew’s 25 pts 3 3’s 12-12 ft 6 reb 1 ast 2 st 0 turnovers

Mitchell Saulsberry

6-5 ’21 G/F Potts Camp 12 pts 14 reb 1 blk 4 st


Magnolia Hoops Girls Starting 5

The top five players that I saw during this time period based on stats.

Endya Buford

5-7 ’20 G Olive Branch 40 pts 12-22 fg 1 3’s 15 ft made 6 reb 3 ast 8 st

Jacorriah “JB” Bracey

5-11 ’20 G Ruleville Central 38 pts 2 3’s 14-17 ft 10 reb 1 ast 6 st

Silentianna Collins

6-0 ’20 G Brookhaven 22 pts 2 3’s 8-8 ft 14 reb 3 ast 9 blk

Karlie Rogers

6-0 ’20 C Pine Grove 22 pts 10-15 fg 18 reb 1 ast

Calysia Phillips

5-5 ’20 G Coahoma County 22 pts 4-5 ft 6 reb 5 ast 7 st


Katie Roberts Photography Senior Squad

The top five seniors that I saw during this time period based on stats.

Decorian “DeDe” Payton

6-6 F/C Center Hill 28 pts 12-16 fg 9 reb 2 st

Johnathan “John” Crumley

6-7 C Callaway 17 pts 8-11 fg 13 reb

Forte Prater

6-0 G Starkville 18 pts 2 3’s 4 reb 4 ast 2 st

Kearius Stimage

6-5 F/C Raymond 13 pts 4-8 fg 5-6 ft 7 reb 4 blk 3 st

Kenard Bowie

6-5 F Murrah 16 pts 6-10 fg 1 3’s 3-4 ft 6 reb 2 ast 2 blk 1 st


Katie Roberts Photography Girls Senior Squad

The top five seniors that I saw during this time period based on stats.

Endya Buford

5-7 G Olive Branch 40 pts 12-22 fg 1 3’s 15 ft made 6 reb 3 ast 8 st

Jacorriah “JB” Bracey

5-11 G Ruleville Central 38 pts 2 3’s 14-17 ft 10 reb 1 ast 6 st

Silentianna Collins

6-0 G Brookhaven 22 pts 2 3’s 8-8 ft 14 reb 3 ast 9 blk

Karlie Rogers

6-0 C Pine Grove 22 pts 10-15 fg 18 reb 1 ast

Calysia Phillips

5-5 G Coahoma County 22 pts 4-5 ft 6 reb 5 ast 7 st


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