Another year. Another district title. Does it get old hat? NEVER! When the Lady Wolverines beat Choudrant 66-39 on Monday for their fourth straight district 1B victory this season and 15th in a row since 2019 it secured at least a tie for the district championship for the third straight year. A victory over Weston or against Simsboro in the season finale on February 11th would give Quitman the outright championship. The victory kept Quitman undefeated in all eight games played in 2022 and improved their overall record to 22-8, which cemented their current #10 ranking in the Class B power ratings.
Tigers slam Lakeside 90-33
For Jonesboro-Hodge to claim a share of the 1-2A title they have to win all three district games they are scheduled to play this week. One down. Two to go. The Tigers got their mission off to a great start on Monday by throttling hapless Lakeside by a whopping 90-33 margin at home for their third win in four district contests. Still ahead was a Tuesday night contest against D’Arbonne Woods Charter that wasn’t finished by press time and what should be the de-facto district title deciding contest at North Caddo on Friday. Having won by a 63-28 margin against DWC on the road the first time the two teams played it is expected that the Tigers would win in the rematch at home setting up the district ender against North Caddo that JHHS has to win to secure at least a tie for the title. The Titans beat JHHS 67-55 the first time around.
The swamping of Lakeside had an interesting sidebar as for the first time in recent memory every player that dressed out (13) scored for JHHS. Justin Calahan (16), Devontae Mozee (12) and Ajay Tew (10) reached double figures, all in only three quarters. The victory helped the Tigers stay at #9 in the Class AA power ratings and improved the Tigers record to 13-5 overall, while Lakeside fell to 1-20 on the year.
Lady Tigers clinch tie to title
Head coach Kris Cash set two goals for his girls when he took over the team heading into the calendar year 2022. One was to reach the .500 mark in the teams overall record. The other was to win the district championship. Being that the Lady Tigers were sitting at 2-10 at the time, to reach one goal, they just about had to achieve the other.
After whipping Lakeside 44-24 on Monday and D’Arbonne Woods63-31 on Tuesday, JHHS has secured at least a tie for the district title. A victory over North Caddo this Friday gives the Lady Tigers the title outright after what would be an undefeated 6-0 run through the 1-2A competition. It also has improved the overall record to 11-13 with two games to go meaning the second goal is also still in reach. Actually, if it weren’t for a 2-0 forfeit loss attributed to them against Rayville the Lady Tigers would have had a shot at a winning season.
As usual, Xabrianna Jackson was once again the offensive catalyst with 25 points which all came in the first three quarters. Keasiah Andrews, who has exploded onto the scene late in the season added 12 with another late bloomer, A’Jouriana Hoggro adding nine.
Weston girls battle back to .500 in district
The hope for a district title was gone after just two games. Time to pack it in? Not a chance for the Lady Wolves of Weston who have shown tremendous character by winning the next two, including getting revenge against Simsboro on Monday by a 55-35 margin. The first time the two tangled Simsboro won by six, proving that head coach Stacy Tucker has his girls trending in the right direction heading into the postseason.
Briley Peterson and Emma Kate McBride scored 19 and 18 points respectively to pace Weston to the victory that upped their overall record to 17-10 and sixth win in the last eight contests. Simsboro fell to 1-2 in district play and 8-17 overall.
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