By Austin Bishop
Winston County Journal
The Louisville High School Wildcats picked up a couple wins during the Region 4-4A Basketball Tournament it hosted last week and earned a No. 3 seed in the MHSAA Class 4A Boys State Basketball Tournament.
The ‘Cats were set to visit Raymond in the first round of the tourney at 6 p.m. A win there
would push LHS into the second round against a team to be determined on Saturday night. A win on Saturday would send the Wildcats to the Mississippi Coliseum in Jackson the following week.
LHS opened the week with a 75-64 win over arch-rival Noxubee County. Jacques Braggs knocked down 25 points for the winners, while Jordan Miller scored 16, Taylor Hopkins hit for 14 and Tyler Kincaid added nine.
LHS fell to Leake Central 50-44 in the semifinals before downing Caledonia 64-48 in the third-place game.
Louisville fell behind Leake 12-2 after one quarter of play but fought back throughout the game, though falling just short of victory. Hopkins led LHS with 19 points, while Miller had 10 and Braggs eight.
A big second quarter was all the Wildcats needed to beat Caledonia. After leading 12-8 after one quarter the Wildcats outscored the Confederates 24-9 in the second to build a 36-17 halftime advantage. Miller scored 21 for the winners, while Hopkins had 16 and Issiah Latham and Chris Frazier scored eight apiece.
The Warriors split a pair of games last week to finish third in Region 6-1A and earn a trip to Durant on Tuesday night in the first round of the MHSAA Class 1A Boys State Basketball Tournament. A win in Durant would push the Warriors into the second round on Saturday night at a site yet to be determined.
The Warriors fell to Leake County 63-44 in the semifinals before bouncing back to beat Sebastopol 72-45 in the third-place game.
Bryce Stanton recorded 16 points, five rebounds, four steals and three assists for NW in the Leake County game, while Issac Eiland had nine points, four rebounds and two steals and Ken McQueen had eight points and a team-high 10 boards.
McQueen posted a double-double against Sebastopol, scoring 18 points to go with 11 rebounds, while Eiland had 15 points, four rebounds, three seals and two assists. Ben Cumberland scored 10 points to go with three rebounds and two steals.
The Tigers of Noxapater saw their season come to an end in the first round of the Region 6-1A tournament with a 61-49 loss to Sebastopol.