Keeping Score

Bay High is good... really good

The Bay High girls jumped out to a 16-0 lead and cruised to a 74-31 victory over North Pontotoc in the Class 4A semifinals Friday night.

While Christa Reed put up game highs of 28 points and seven assists, it was really all about the defense for Bay.

North Pontotoc was forced into 21 turnovers and shot just 24.3 percent for the game.

After the Tigers sprinted out to a big lead, North Pontotoc had little chance of getting back in the game.

"They were pretty upset about it," Reed said. "You could tell they were flustered on offense as well. It was pretty obvious."

Scouts from Kansas State, Mississippi State, Tulane, McNeese State and Southern Miss were on hand to watch the Bay High girls play.

Reed is considered the 17th best junior in the nation, and I'm sure that ranking will only climb after the show she put on against North Pontotoc.

Next up for Bay is Pontotoc in Friday's Class 4A title game. Pontotoc is the last team to beat Bay, taking down the Tigers in the Class 4A semifinals last year.

"We played team last year and lost to them so we kind of owe them something," Reed said. "It's the game we've been looking forward to all year."

If Bay wins Friday, it will become the first Coast team to go undefeated since the Harrison Central girls did it in 1988.