Coach Otis Gates has West Harrison Lady 'Canes in the 5A South State hunt

HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - West Harrison head coach Otis Gates knows practice is a vital key to a teams success. Practice has paid off.

After claiming the Region 7-5A title and knocking off Gautier to advance to the Class 5A South State Tournament, the Lady Hurricanes are eager to make a run at the State Championship.

Coach Gates says turning up the heat defensively has made a huge difference along with the addition of 6-foot-2 sophomore Ameshya Williams.

Gates said,"We've only given up more than 50 points twice this year. We play real good defense and that was increased by Ameshya coming to us. She helped our defense and gave us a chance to play more pressure defense. Since we've had her she blocks a lot of shots and does a good job inside for us."

Ameshya Williams gives the Lady Hurricanes a big presence inside the paint. She's netting 19 pints, 10 rebound, 3.8 blocks and 3.5 steals per game.

The Lady Hurricanes are a young team with only two seniors Dy'Monique Peters and Asia Thibodeaux.

Peters nets 8.7 points and 6.4 rebounds an outing.

Asia is bagging 12 points per game and connects on 35 percent of her three point field goal attempts.

"I've been here four years and basically we get the job done and do what we have to do to win," stated Thibodeaux.

Dy'Monique Peters said,"We argue, we fuss and fight but that's something that makes us stronger and been a bind that we have."

Davonna Triplett, Kim Calhoun and Jasmine Dorr have all picked up the pace during the championship run.

Next up, a date with South Jones Friday night at 6:00 in Natchez.

The 18 and 4 Pascagoula Lady Panthers open the Class 5A South State Tournament 7:30 Friday night facing home standing Natchez.

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