By Austin Bishop
The Winston County Journal
If Noxapater head girls basketball coach Pam Winstead was looking for a carrot to dangle in front of her Lady Tigers, she found it this week when it was announced that Noxapater was first in line to host the MHSAA Class 1A Girls South State Tournament later this month.
But before that can happen, a little work has to be done. Make that a lot of work.
To host the tourney a team must first qualify for it, which means the Noxapater girls would need to advance past the first round of play-in games in order to be one of the eight teams to advance to South State.
“We are continuing to improve and are working hard to finish strong,” Winstead said of her Lady Tigers.
Last week the Noxapater girls took a pair of crucial steps toward improving their chances of hosting South State by winning a pair of region games over West Oktibbeha and West Lowndes.
In the 77-43 win over West Oktibbeha, Brittany Triplett led the Lady Tigers with 20 points, while Hanna Hamilton hit for 19 and Ceanna Crosby tossed in 17.
Hamilton led the way in the 56-50 victory over West Lowndes with 19 points, while Triplett scored 13, Treasure Lynch 10 and Kiera Phillips eight.
In boys action the Tigers lost to West Lowndes 61-30 and West Oktibbeha 78-35. No other information was available.
Noxapater was set to open this week’s action by facing Louisville on Monday, before entertaining Nanih Waiya on Friday.