Keeping Score

It's been a bloody week in Jackson for Coast teams

Seven high school basketball teams from the Coast made the trip to Jackson over the last week with hopes of earning state championships.

Only one is left standing - the unbeaten Bay High girls.

I'd like to make the argument that it's just been a stretch of poor luck for the Coast squads, but most of the games have been decisive outcomes.

The Class 3A Pass Christian boys didn't score in the first quarter or in the overtime of a 37-36 loss to Velma Jackson, the closest defeat for a team from the Coast.

The Harrison Central girls appeared to be in control early when they went up 17-4 on Southaven in the Class 5A semifinal, only to have that lead gradually erased in a 53-48 loss on Wednesday.

The Harrison Central boys couldn't buy a free throw or a 3-pointer in its 59-44 loss to Murrah Wednesday night in a Class 6A semifinal.

The other Class 6A boys semifinal was an entertaining contest, but Madison Central big man Joniah White put up a triple-double of 13 points, 12 rebounds and 12 blocks to beat Gulfport, 51-43.

In Tuesday's Class 5A games, Provine took care of the Pascagoula boys with ease, 75-43, while the Pascagoula girls couldn't get out of foul trouble in a 62-48 loss to Canton.

Any way you put it, it's been bad few days for Coast basketball.

The Bay High girls will be the heavy favorite to beat Pontotoc at 7 p.m. on Friday for the Class 4A title. If the Tigers lose, you have to wonder what brought on the jinx.