JACKSON, MS (WLOX) - West Harrison head coach Otis Gates has built a solid girls basketball program and his Lady Canes took a giant leap forward Friday in trying to claim a first-ever class 5A State Championship.
6-foot-2 senior Ameshya Williams is the key player for West Harrison and she delivered. Williams led the 24 and 2 Lady Canes with 27 points, 13 rebounds and 2 blocked shots.
West Harrison advances with a 49-43 victory and will play Hattiesburg Tuesday at high noon on the Jackson State campus in the Class 5A girls semifinals.
Hattiesburg defeated Oxford 49-42.
The Pascagoula Panthers came out sluggish in their Class 5A Boys State Quarterfinal clash with Center Hill. The Panthers trailed 30 to 16 at the half.
Coach Ron Norman watched his team come out more aggressively in the 3rd quarter and went on an 11-2 run.
Center Hill would regroup and pulled away from the Panthers to post a 71-63 win eliminating the Panthers who closed out a great season with 24 wins and 5 losses. The Panthers win streak ended at 14.
On Saturday the Harrison Central Red Rebelettes (20-9) battle Callaway (21-9) 4 p.m. at Jackson State. The Red Rebelettes under head coach Nancy Ladner rely on Adyn Strickland. She's netting 17.6 points and 8.2 rebounds per game. Chyna Allen gives the Red Rebelettes more fire power with a 13.6 scoring average.
The Biloxi Indians under head coach Seber Windham take a 22-10 record to Jackson's Mississippi Coliseum Saturday night at 7:00, a date with 21 and 3 Starkville. The winner advances to the Class 6A Boys Semifinals.