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Vicksburg High girl’s basketball team advances to state semi-finals

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Gators players Yakia Burns, Jalisa Tyler and Hana Colenburg heeding the words of head coach Troy Stewart. Dee Robinson in black. (photo by Cedric Tillman)

The Vicksburg High School girl’s basketball team is the only team still playing in the city, and they are preparing to play in the state semi-finals at the Mississippi Coliseum in Jackson tomorrow.

The Gators defeated Neshoba Central on Saturday with a 42-36 victory. Tiara Jones and Yakia Burns led the team with 11 points each.

Tomorrow, the Gators will face Brookhaven (27-3) who has been a tough opponent for every team they have played this season. Brookhaven blew out plenty of teams, but they only defeated the Gators by two points earlier in the year.

With the help of key players such as Jones, Burns and Destiny Sims, the Gators should have no problem pulling off a victory against Brookhaven. A win tomorrow means they have an excellent shot at the state championship.

On Monday, the day before their big game, the Gators took the time to read to students at Sherman Avenue Elementary in Vicksburg for the “Read Across America” initiative.

The semi-final game will be held at the Mississippi Coliseum (1207 Mississippi St., Jackson) at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

 

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PCA girls basketball team dominates Deer Creek 60-13

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Lady Eagles gather round coach Casey Fisher (in white polo) and assistant coach Chandler Ellis (in black hoodie). (photo by Keith Phillips)

Porter’s Chapel Academy girls basketball team defeated Deer Creek Academy last night in a big 60-13 win.

The Lady Eagles came back from Thanksgiving break playing well, and they now have a 5-2 record under head coach Casey Fisher.

Senior Yakia Burns dropped 35 points on the night as she led the Lady Eagles in scoring. She also finished with 12 steals and seven assists on the night.

Marley Bufkin hit a big 3-pointer to finish the game with 5 points, two rebounds, four assists and four steals.

The Lady Eagles controlled the game all night and many of the players, such as Zy Smith who scored 14 points, stepped up to clinch the victory.

Sophie Masterson led the team in rebounds with 11, while Olivia Masterson grabbed six rebounds and two steals.

The Lady Eagles  will be back in action Tuesday when they travel to play Tallulah Academy at 6 p.m.

Full PCA stats:

  • Yakia Burns- 35 points, nine rebounds, 12 steals, seven assists
  • Zyer Smith-14 points, five rebounds, five steals
  • Marley Bufkin- 5 points, two rebounds, four assists, four steals
  • Sophie Masterson- 2 points, 11 rebounds
  • Olivia Masterson- six rebounds, three steals
  • Macey Bufkin- 2 points, two rebounds, two steals
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Henderson and Boyd led the VHS ninth grade teams in points Monday

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(photos by Cedric Tillman)

Ninth graders Tyler Henderson and Terri Boyd played great games Monday night for their Vicksburg High School ninth-grade basketball teams, resulting in two big wins against Clinton.

Henderson scored 21 points for the boys team, and the Gators went on to win 58-36 over the Arrows. He also had 11 rebounds and six assists that helped the boys remain undefeated.

Boyd led her team to victory as the girls defeated Clinton 40-37. She had 15 points in the victory and the Gators are now 6-2 on the year. Boyd scored the last 4 points of the night in two free throws to help close out the game.

The ninth-grade Gators will be back in action Thursday when they travel to Germantown to fight for another victory.

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Porter’s Chapel coach and player selected to participate in MAIS All Star Game

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Blake Purvis and Dwight Blue (;photos by Carrie Martin)

Porter’s Chapel Academy head football coach Blake Purvis and player Dwight Blue have been selected to coach and play in the MAIS All Star Game.

Blue will be playing on the offensive line for the blue team. He was selected to play in the game because of his great senior season where he was the one of the Eagles best offensive lineman.

Blue also played of the defensive line and racked up 41 tackles and one sack on the year.

Purvis will be an assistant coach for the Blue team Saturday. He is in his third season as head coach at Porter’s Chapel and finished the season with 4-6 record.

Purvis and Blue both finished their best season  as Eagles this year. The team was one game away from clinching a playoff spot.

The game is scheduled for Saturday at Jackson Preparatory. Kickoff is 6 p.m.

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