Coach Michael Smith makes history becoming the first coach to win back-to-back titles in girl’s and boy’s basketball. Booneville boys defeated Southeast Lauderdale 70-53 to claim their repeat. Kedrick Simmons was game MVP with 24 points and 11 rebounds.
“It feels good to see the guys win like this,” said Coach Michael Smith. “We come close, but we have been complacent at times. Glad for the boys. We are truly one family like you see on our shirts. It’s great to have one set of Coaches. It’s keeps the chemistry.”
Kedrick Simmons started this game off on fire. He was on point from beyond the arc.
Elliot Tulip tied the game at 9 with 1:35 left in the first quarter.. Then after a put back by Landon Brown for Booneville. Demondre Graham hit a three that gave Southeast Lauderdale the lead. Brown for Booneville would take it back with a three of his own. Darrius Ramsey for SE Lauderdale would tie it right back. But a buzzer beater from Booneville by Dicorean Magee made it a four point lead for the Blue Devils. They were up 20-16.
After halftime the game was still a good one. Booneville was holding on to a strong lead, but SE Lauderdale wasn’t going away.
Late in the fourth things would start back going only in the favor of Booneville. Dalton Jackson hit a tough shot before the end of the third that gave them the biggest lead of the game. They were up 46-35 on the Tigers. It was the end of the third.
The fourth quarter saw a lot of scoring for both teams. Kedrick Simmons was still on fire hitting three point shots. They would end the game in great fashion.
“My team told me to play angry on the court,” said Kedrick Simmons. “A lot of us felt I should be Mr. Basketball for 3A. We just came out and kept coming.”