JACKSON, MS (WLOX) - A trip to the Big House and having to face a team on a 30-game win streak such as Starkville could be a lot to ask of any team. But Biloxi first year head coach Devin Hill told his Lady Indians before the game, don't let the big stage overwhelm you. Just focus on the game at hand.
A huge Biloxi contingency on hand, nearly five busloads worth.
A stingy first quarter... Tytiana Brumfield ended up in a scrum for the ball. It came free just in time for Gabby Fantroy to drain the bucket and the game was tied at five after the first quarter.
The Yellow Jackets began to pull away. Tabrea Gandy stopped, pulled up, and drained the shot. Starkville led by 14 points in the third quarter.
Coach Hill didn't want to settle for threat and Breanna Riley responded. The senior quickly moved in for a steal and Lady Indians fast break score.
That got the Biloxi crowd pumped up!
The Lady Indians would trim the Starkville lead to 10 in the fourth, but it wouldn't be enough. Jariyah Covington would score on a tough jumper and Biloxi's historic run to the state tournament ended in the semifinals 34 to 20.
Coach Hill said, "Defensively I thought we played well, but offensively I just think we kinda lulled through the basketball game, we kinda lost our composure. I think the big stage got the most of us and I was afraid it would at some point."
While Starkville advances to Saturday's 6A Championship game, there's no reason for the Biloxi Lady Indians to hang their heads, making their first state tournament run in 31 years, something they'll certainly look to build on moving forward. Starkville will meet Olive Branch for the title.