Third-ranked Lady Wildcats off to strong start

By Austin Bishop

The Winston County Journal


The Louisville High School Lady Wildcats will be looking to close out the 2013 portion of the season strong on Friday night when they pay a visit to West Point.

The LHS girls are currently 7-3 on the year and are ranked No. 3 in the state in MHSAA Class 3A according to the Jackson Clarion-Ledger. Crystal Springs holds the top spot in the rankings, while Perry Central is second, Cleveland East Side is fourth and Choctaw Central is fifth.

The Lady Wildcats opened last week with a 60-10 thumping of Winona, before splitting a pair of games in the Wildcat Classic over the weekend — beating Kosciusko 55-32 and losing to Starkville 59-50.

Diamond Love scored 14 points to lead Louisville against Winona, while Latesha Yarbrough hit for nine and Tyesha Davis scored eight. LHS led 26-0 after the first quarter of play and 43-2 at the half.

Louisville and Kosciusko were tied 22-22 at the half, before the Lady Wildcats outscored the visitors 33-10 in the second half to take the big win.

Love scored 17 points for the winners, while Tyeisha Griffin notched 15 and Davis had 11 points and 12 rebounds. Kelsey Harrington tossed in seven for the winners.

Starkville took a 40-21 halftime lead and that was just too much for Louisville to overcome on Saturday. The Wildcats did outscore SHS 16-10 in the third quarter and 13-9 in the fourth but it just wasn’t enough.

Davis had a monster game of the Lady ‘Cats with a 27-point, 22-rebound performance. Love scored nine points, while Diamond Wraggs claimed nine rebounds and Griffin had seven points and five rebounds.

The Louisville boys took a 67-58 win over Winona, before falling to Kosciusko 73-59 and Starkville 80-57.

Rod Jackson had a big game for LHS against Winona, scoring 25 points, dealing out nine assists and recording nine steals. Moharran Jackson had 10 points, four rebounds and three steals for the winners, while Gabriel Gale scored eight points and claimed six boards. Dontae Jones and Mikal Hollingshed scored six each, while Jones had 10 boards.

Gale led Louisville with 12 points in the loss to Kosy, while Jackson scored 15 points and had seven rebounds against Starkville.