A new season has turned with the start of a new week for DeSoto County high school basketball teams. Monday started the tournament trail that eventually could lead to state championships in Mississippi, and in Tennessee for Northpoint Christian School.
The Northpoint boys started Monday night with a first-round game at Sacred Heart of Jesus in the TSSAA West Region playoffs, but the Trojans fell by a score of 55-46 and finished their season with a 13-12 record.
Matthew Whiting finished with 13 points for the Trojans. Lance Diaz and Timothy Durham each had 12.
The remainder of first round games are set for tonight for DeSoto County teams.
Northpoint’s girls basketball team is the number one seed from District 1 for the TSSAA West Region tournament.
The Lady Trojans open tonight at 6 p.m., hosting St. George's of Collierville, Tenn. in its first game of the tournament. St. George's defeated Evangelical Christian School to advance to the next round.
MHSAA 6A-1 games will be played at Olive Branch with Southaven against Horn Lake in the first pair of games, girls at 4 p.m. and boys at 5:30 p.m. Olive Branch and DeSoto Central are matched in the final pair of games, girls at 7 p.m. and boys at 8:30 p.m.
In MHSAA 6A-2, Hernando plays its tournament games this week at Columbus. The Hernando boys meet Tupelo at 8:30 p.m. tonight and the Hernando girls start their tournament schedule this afternoon against Columbus at 4 p.m.
Clarksdale is the host for the MHSAA 5A-1 tournament, which will start this afternoon at 4 p.m. with Lewisburg and Center Hill girls taking the court. That will be followed at 5:30 p.m. by the Lake Cormorant and Lewisburg boys facing off in the first boys semifinal.
“The key for us winning basketball games is controlling the boards,” said Lake Cormorant coach Bryant Worsham after a 55-51 regular season-ending victory at home over Senatobia Friday night. “We control the boards, opponents will have a hard time scoring on us. That’s what it will take for us to win games in the tournament. We control the boards and play good defense, our offense will be there.”
The 7 p.m. contest in Clarksdale tonight will have the the host Lady Wildcats and Lake Cormorant girls in action, followed by Clarksdale and Center Hill boys playing the late game at 8:30 p.m.
Tuesday’s winners and the winners of Friday’s third-place games in all MHSAA tournaments immediately advance to the first round of state playoffs. The division tournament finishes will determine seeding for the state playoffs.
Magnolia Heights teams are also starting the tournament trail today in the MAIS Class AAAA-D2 tournament at Hillcrest Christian School.
The Chiefs, seeded as the North’s number-one team, will play at 5:15 p.m. against Oak Forest Academy in the quarterfinals. Magnolia Heights’ girls basketball team is the North number two-seeded team in the tournament and plays Lamar School at 4 p.m. today in the quarterfinals.
Bob Bakken is Sports Editor and may be reached at 662-429-6397 ext. 240.