JACKSON, MS (WLOX) - The Bay Lady Tigers superb season came to an end at the big house in Jackson after a 42 to 41 loss to the Itawamba AHS Lady Indians. Bay's only senior, Christa Reed, had a monster game for the Lady Tigers with 18 points and 11 rebounds. She did all that despite facing a very physical Itawamba defense.
Bay High coach Debbie Triplett said," That wasn't a basketball game. It was like a war of attrition. They beat Christa up all night long and finally they called one foul there. It's just frustrating. These kids played hard and we deserve a fair game. I don't think we got it but congratulations to Itawamba. They played hard."
Head coach Debbie Triplett played her starters for all 32 minutes, but fatigue wasn't what cost the Lady Tigers a second consecutive 4A state championship. It was the shots that didn't go down at crucial times, and the 19 turnovers compared to the Lady Indians' nine turnovers.
"I told them we had opportunities against all odds. We had opportunities to do it and we didn't quite finish it. But they've got to hold their heads up, be proud of what they accomplished and learn from it,"stated Triplett.
Christa Reed said,"It was good playing with these girls. I love these girls. It was a good time.
The Lady Tigers conclude the season with a 31 and 4 record. Christa Reed's career at Bay is over, but she heads off to Vanderbilt University next season to become a Commodore.