Tale of the Tape – 2A Championship Pine Grove vs Velma Jackson (Boys)

MHSAA 2A State Championship 

Friday, March 4 – 3:00 p.m.

Pine Grove Panthers vs. Velma Jackson Falcons

PINE GROVE PANTHERS

Record: 23-8 

Region: 1-2A (#1) 

Last Championship: 1977

County: Tippah 

REGULAR SEASON KEY WINS 

Starkville Academy 44-41

Corinth 61-45

Baldwyn 51-43 

Nettleton 75-47 

LOSSES

Ingomar 74-66

South Pontotoc 51-31

Biggersville 68-57

Starkville Academy 63-47

Noxubee County 51-50

Ripley 57-55

New Albany 54-43

Baldwyn 51-42 

STREAK

Won 13 in a row 

PLAYOFFS 

Round 1: Myrtle 88-43

Round 2: Coahoma County 56-48

Round 3: Leflore County 66-43

Round 4: Heidelberg 54-44 

HEAD COACH 

Jake Walker 

PROBABLE STARTERS 

#3 Carson Rowland (SR, Guard)

#12 Keaton Wilkerson (JR, Guard)

#14 Jack Hudson (JR, Guard) 

#20 Hayden Holcomb (JR, Guard)

#23 Jamas Cox (JR, Forward) 

KEY TEAM ATTRIBUTES 

-Rowland

-Shooting

-Experience 

ONE MORE THING

Pine Grove is in Jackson for the first time since 1977…winning it all would be a great story. 


VELMA JACKSON FALCONS

Record: 17-10 

Region: 6-2A (#1) 

Championships: 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2019 

County: Madison 

REGULAR SEASON KEY WINS 

Leake County 52-20 

LOSSES

Northwest Rankin 62-45

Canton 55-41 

Leake County 56-54

Ridgeland 44-38

Madison Central 53-38

St. Andrews 54-48

Provine 61-53

Lanier 83-62

Scott Central 55-52

Canton 65-54

STREAK

Won 14 of 15 

PLAYOFFS 

Round 1: Nanih Waiya 62-50

Round 2: Collins 69-41

Round 3: Newton 65-63

Round 4: Choctaw County 51-38 

HEAD COACH 

Chris Love 

PROBABLE STARTERS 

#0 Devin Jones (JR, Forward) 

#2 Derick Bush (SR, Guard) 

#4 Jayden Jackson (JR, Forward) 

#5 Fredrick Page (SR, Guard) 

#10 J’ashton Williams (FR, Guard) 

KEY TEAM ATTRIBUTES 

-Rebounding 

ONE MORE THING

Velma Jackson has a great championship tradition. 

Kelby Johnson

Kelby Johnson has been in Mississippi sports in many areas such as coaching, officiating, public address announcing, scouting, and writing. He is a pastor, a husband, and a father of four. Kelby and his family live in Ecru, MS.

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