BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Biloxi is in...Harrison Central is out...but at least one coast team remains in the hunt for the Class 6A State Championship. The Lady Indians took care of business inside the Mississippi Coliseum in Jackson posting a 66-53 win over Tupelo.
Biloxi earns a shot at upsetting undefeated Starkville 1:30 Wednesday afternoon in Jackson in the semifinals. Starkville defeated Harrison Central 55-31.
Coach Devin Hill has proven his ability to prepare a team for a big game and his Lady Indians responded. Senior Breanna Riley displayed her athletic talents on the basketball court by leading Biloxi with 28 points. She connected on 10 of 17 shots from the field and 7 of 11 free throws. Riley is a super-talent.
Shylia McGee stepped up Saturday night with 14 points. She was 6 of 12 from the field and 2 of 4 from the line. Anna Thigpen and Tytiana Brumfield each contributed 8 points to help guide the Lady Indians to an impressive win.
We can't say enough on how Coach Hill has resurrected the Biloxi program. Remember this was the first trip back to Jackson in the State Tournament for Biloxi in 31 years. He knows how to get his players ready for big games and the girls have been responding. Winning breeds confidence and the Lady Indians have it and will need it on Wednesday.
Starkville reminds coast fans who have watch them play of the Red Rebelettes during the early 1980s and the 1990s when Harrison Central consistently captured state titles. Coach Nancy Ladner has led Harrison Central to the state tournament for four consecutive seasons, but just can't get over the hump. She and her players closed out another exciting season with 22 wins and only 4 losses.
Tune-in 5:30 p.m. Sunday on WLOX News Now. I will have an interesting interview with Coach Hill.