Tale of the Tape – 4A Girls Championship Preview

MHSAA 4A State Championship

Tishomingo County Lady Braves vs. Choctaw Central Lady Warriors 

Thursday, March 3 – 5:00 p.m. 

TISHOMINGO COUNTY LADY BRAVES

Record: 31-3 

Region: 1-4A (#1) 

Championships: 0 

County: Tishomingo  

REGULAR SEASON KEY WINS 

Olive Branch 77-74

Columbus 59-41 

Belmont 69-49

Lafayette 60-41 

Clinton 64-50 

LOSSES

Olive Branch 65-64 

Belmont 64-58

Biggersville 50-48

STREAK

25 wins in a row earlier in season 

PLAYOFFS 

Round 1: New Albany 68-58

Round 2: Gentry 71-52 

Round 3: Pontotoc 63-55

Round 4: Pass Christian 65-52

HEAD COACH 

Brian Middleton 

PROBABLE STARTERS 

#1 Zareli Ozuna (SO, Guard) 

#5 Madison Bennett (SR, Guard) 

#24 Reese Moore (SO, Guard) 

#11 Lila Sanderson (JR, Forward) 

#42 Clara Garland (SR, Center) 

KEY TEAM ATTRIBUTES 

-Shooting 

-Size 

-Effort

ONE MORE THING

Tishomingo County is looking for its first state championship. 

CHOCTAW CENTRAL LADY WARRIORS 

Record: 27-4 

Region: 4-4A (#1) 

Championships: 7 (1996, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2017, 2018) 

County: Choctaw 

REGULAR SEASON KEY WINS 

Moss Point 30-20

Lafayette 61-50

Columbus 58-31

Louisville 61-60

Holmes County Central 56-23

LOSSES

Neshoba Central 72-59, 66-45

Germantown 73-61

Louisville 63-57

STREAK

Won 20 of last 21 

PLAYOFFS 

Round 1: Greenwood 67-36 

Round 2: Ripley 72-45

Round 3: South Pontotoc 69-48

Round 4: Newton County 49-43 

HEAD COACH 

Bill Smith 

PROBABLE STARTERS 

#2 Kylinn Bell (SO, Guard) 

#10 Mattison Bell (SO, Guard) 

#11 Kylie Williamson (SR, Guard) 

#15 Keshahn Wallace (JR, Forward) 

#21 Malaka Morris (JR, Guard)  

KEY TEAM ATTRIBUTES 

-Shooting 

-Passing 

-Energy 

ONE MORE THING

Choctaw Central will have to overcome major adversity after losing multiple players to injury in the semifinal game against Newton County. 

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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