Keeping Score

Ho-hum - Bay High girls win Class 4A state title, finish undefeated

Bay High celebrated tonight... well sort of.

The Lady Tigers had one of the most understated post-game ceremonies you can imagine for a team that's just won a state championship.

Following Bay's 65-42 win over Pontotoc for the Class 4A title, the Tigers accepted their trophy with nothing more than smiles, applause and a few tears.

It was almost as if Bay saw it coming.

"It's not that we expected it, but we have high expectations of ourselves," junior Christa Reed said.

Bay, which finished the season undefeated with a 36-0 mark, blew open a tight game in the second quarter and gradually pulled away for the big victory.

Terrica Williams was named player of the game with 18 points and 11 rebounds while Reed had 17 points and 10 rebounds, hitting 10-of-11 free throws. Brett Hart added 15 points in the post.

Pontotoc was the last team to beat Bay in last year's Class 4A semifinals.

Bay coach Debbie Triplett said there was no measure of revenge in Friday night's victory.

"It didn't matter if it was Pontotoc or who it was," Triplett said. "We felt like we were a on Mission and it just happened to be Pontotoc. It didn't matter. That didn't factor into it."

Bay is the first Coast team to finish a season undefeated since the Harrison Central girls did it in 1988.