BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Bay High Lady Tigers basketball coach Debbie Triplett has built a consistent winner and she had Bay High within two wins of claiming another Class 4A state championship title.
Florence jumped out to a big halftime lead and took out the Lady Tigers 62-51 in the state semifinals, ending Bay High's season with 24 wins and 7 losses.
The loss leaves the Mississippi Gulf Coast with West Harrison and St. Martin remaining in the hunt for a state title.
The West Harrison Lady Canes have blown past the competition, posting an impressive 24 wins and 2 defeats.
The Lady Canes face Hattiesburg tomorrow at high noon in Jackson's Mississippi Coliseum in the Class 5A State semifinals.
Head coach Otis Gates has built a successful basketball program at West Harrison. His Lady Canes are two wins away from bringing home the Gold Ball, and would achieve a first-ever state championship for West Harrison.
Gates said, "Our goal is to get to the state championship and I've talked about that since I got to West Harrison. Every year I've always talked about that, where we want to be and we're on the verge of being able to make that dream come true for us."
To get to the top of the mountain in the Class 5A state ranks, 6-foot-3 Ameshya Williams will be a key factor in the final outcome.
Teams have tried to stall her inside play, and most teams have failed.
"It puts a lot of pressure on me but to met, it's not going to stop me, nothing can stop me. "stated Williams.
Amari Graves said, "We've worked really hard to get to where we're at and we plan on going in there and win state."
"A lot of people have been stepping up knocking down shots, "said Vin'Sha Hatcher. "I feel like we're going to make it this year."
A win and the Lady Canes advance to the state title game 6:30 Friday night.
The St. Martin Lady Jackets are gunning for the Class 6A State basketball title and have been stinging the opposition consistently all season long.
Head coach Gina Bell has guided the Lady Jackets to an impressive 28 victories and only 2 losses...entering Wednesday's semifinal clash with Jackson Callaway having run off 15 consecutive wins. St. Martin is ready for the high noon showdown.
Bell said. "Talked about roles all season. Each girl knows their role. I think each girl takes pride in their role and everyone is happy when each of their teammates achieve their goal. So that's the biggest thing that has helped us this season."
Savannah Jones, the South Alabama signee and 6-foot-4 sophomore Daphne White give the Lady Jackets a one-two punch.
"We just have to treat every game like it's our last game. We can't come in thinking that we're better than them. "said Jones.
White said, "We come in ready. We play around together. we come in and play the game together. We enjoy it and we won together."
A win over Callaway and the Lady Jackets advance to the Class 6A State title game 6:30 Friday night in Jackson.