Nanih Waiya rally falls just short against Durant

By Austin Bishop
The Winston County Journal

The Lady Warriors of Nanih Waiya came back from huge deficits twice Monday night in their 50-47 MHSAA Class 1A play-in round loss at Durant, but in the end a blocked shot ended their chances of pulling the upset.

“We played well at times, and scored 21 points in the fourth quarter to cut it to three points,” said Nanih Waiya head coach Brent Blackwell. He said his Lady Warriors fell behind by 16 points in the first quarter before cutting it to 10 at the half.

“Then we came out in the third quarter and got down by 19 points before we began to come back,” he said.

Ashley Thames led Nanih Waiya with 18 points, while Madison Holdiness scored six.

The Lady Warriors lost to Noxapater 48-43 in the region tournament semifinals last Tuesday, as Noxapater held on for a 48-43 win.

“That was a close game all the way,” Blackwell said. “We played them tough.” Thames scored 18 points for NW, while Holdiness tossed in 10.

The Nanih Waiya boys lost to Noxapater 48-36 in the regional semifinals last Tuesday and were set to visit Montgomery County on Tuesday in the play-in round. Tristan Colton led the Warriors against Noxapater with 10 points, while Ken McQueen and Ben Cumberland hit for nine each.