Winnfield took advantage of slow starts by both the JHHS girls and boys in the season opening Jamboree played on Thursday at the JHHS gymnasium, resulting in the Lady Tigers falling 39-13 and the varsity boys losing 55-46. The contest was a precursor to the first regular season girls game this coming Thursday, Nov. 17th against Simsboro, while the boys will tip off the 2022 campaign on November 29th against Quitman.
The Lady Tigers failed to score in the first quarter and only had one point in the third allowing Winnfield to take the easy 39-13 victory. A bright spot was the play of Morgan McGee who scored eight points but the combination of making only 4 of 25 shots and turning the ball over 20 times doomed the opening night effort. LeRonda McGuire and A’Joriana Hoggro scored two each and Tyya Davis hit a free throw.
In the boys contest, JHHS scored 11 straight points to open the third quarter to rally from a 16 point halftime deficit but Winnfield pulled away at the end to take the nine point victory. Winnfield jumped out to a 12-2 lead to start the game and led 20-7 after the first period. At the half it was 33-17 but JHHS came out smoking in the third to make a game of it only to see Winnfield apply a knockout punch by scoring nine straight points to start the final period.