LYMAN, MS (WLOX) - Coach Nancy Ladner guided the 22 and 3 Red Rebelettes to the Region 8-6A title. Harrison Central enters the Class 6A quarterfinals facing undefeated Starkville 8:30 Saturday night at Jackson State.
In December Starkville defeated the Red Rebelettes 47-31 for one of their 29 victories.
Harrison Central is ready for the rematch. Coach Ladner says even a defeat can help a team achieve success down the road and that loss to Starkville had the Red Rebelettes seek ways to get better.
"The loss did us a lot of good because it told us a lot of things that we had to improve on, "said Ladner. "A lot of things that we were kind of settled in with ourselves as being OK. Showed us we were not OK that we had to improve."
Da'Mia Henry says Harrison Central wasn't ready to play Starkville in December. She expects a different outcome on Saturday. "Oh, you can expect us to comeback better, way better because the last time we came out slacking, "said Henry. "This time we're prepared."
De'Asia McInnis says winning a state title would be a dream come true. "It will be fabulous, this is my senior year and I would like to have that gold ball before I graduate."
If Harrison Central can hand Starkville its first setback of the season and if Biloxi can slip past Tupelo, the Red Rebelettes and Lady Indians would setup a coast clash, a Division 8-6A showdown in the Class 6A State Semifinals March 8 at 1:30 p.m.