By Austin Bishop
The Winston County Journal
With both West Oktibbeha and East Oktibbeha being ineligible for postseason play due to the school district being taken over by the state, only three teams will be participating in the Region 5-1A Basketball Tournament being hosted by Noxapater High School this week.
Tuesday’s games featured Noxapater hosting Nanih Waiya at 6 p.m. for a girls game and 7:30 p.m. for a boys game, with the winners of those contests advancing to Friday’s finals against West Lowndes at 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. The two teams who play in the finals will host play-in games on Monday (girls) and Tuesday (boys) for the MHSAA Class 1A South State Tournament, while the third place teams will hit the road for those contests.
The Lady Tigers picked up a solid 67-45 win over Winona to close out the regular season last Friday, with Hanna Hamilton leading the winners with 24 points, while Brittany Triplett hit for 20 and Treasure Lynch tossed in 13.
“We played pretty well,” said Noxapater head girls coach Pam Winstead. “We had two more games scheduled for last week but they were cancelled due to the weather. I wasn’t excited about playing only one game the week before the district tournament, but we practiced hard.”
If the Lady Tigers win their play-in game on Monday, they will host the MHSAA Class 1A South State Tournament the following weekend.
The Noxapater boys closed out their regular season with a 76-25 loss to Winona. Justin Robertson led the Tigers with 18 points.