Basketball postseason begins

Photo: Olive Branch players lift the Region 2-6A championship trophy after Friday’s 63-44 victory over Center Hill. (Bob Bakken/DeSoto County Sports)

The seedings and division championships have been decided, now it becomes “one and done” for Mississippi MHSAA high school basketball teams. 

The past week’s regional tournaments in 6A and 5A only eliminated one team per district from further play, but did provide seeding for the remaining teams that start the playoffs on Monday.  

That will be when the first round of the girls’ basketball tournaments will begin for four DeSoto County teams. Two others have first-round byes to the second round on Friday night.  

Hernando, which dropped its Region 3-6A championship to Horn Lake 59-45 Friday night, will host Madison Central in the first round Monday night. The winner of the contest then travels to face Tupelo in the second round at Tupelo on Friday.  

Center Hill, which defeated Lewisburg for the Region 2-6A consolation title Thursday night, must travel to play at Starkville on Monday evening. The winner of that game then plays at Horn Lake, which claimed the Region 3-6A crown over Hernando.  

DeSoto Central, which lost Friday’s Region 2-6A championship game to Olive Branch 46-43, will play Monday in the first round and host Oxford. The winner of that game travels Friday to Clinton for a second round contest.  

Olive Branch and Horn Lake received first round byes with their Friday championship game victories. Olive Branch awaits the winner of Monday’s Germantown-South Panola contest to face them on Friday in Olive Branch.  Horn Lake hosts either Center Hill or Starkville Friday night. 

Lake Cormorant, which took the Region 2-5A consolation title Friday evening over Greenville 39-32, plays Monday at Columbus New Hope in a first-round contest. The winner must travel Friday to Neshoba Central for a second round matchup.  

Tuesday brings the start of the boys’ state playoffs for MHSAA schools. Five 6A teams from DeSoto County are still alive along with Lake Cormorant in 5A.  

The Gators, following their loss Friday to Cleveland Central 49-35 in the Region 2-5A championship game, host a first-round game Tuesday night against Columbus. The winner next plays at Provine on Saturday night.  

Three DeSoto County 6A squads take the playoff floor for the first time on Tuesday. 

Horn Lake, which lost the Region 3-6A championship to Southaven 75-51 Friday evening, will open at home against Murrah on Tuesday night. The winner next travels to Tupelo on Saturday evening for the second round.  

DeSoto Central, which won the Region 2-6A consolation title Thursday night, travels to Starkville for the first round on Tuesday. That game’s winner will next play Saturday at Southaven. 

Center Hill, which lost to Olive Branch 63-44 in Friday’s Region 2-6A title tilt, hosts Oxford for its first round contest on Tuesday night. The winner will next play Saturday at Clinton in the next round.  

Olive Branch, the Region 2-6A champion, hosts either Madison Central or South Panola on Saturday night. Southaven, the Region 3-6A winner, Saturday hosts either Starkville or DeSoto Central.  

Following are links for the 6A and 5A boys and girls playoff brackets:

CLICK HERE for the complete 6A boys tournament bracket.  

CLICK HERE for the complete 5A boys tournament bracket.  

CLICK HERE for the complete 6A girls tournament bracket.

CLICK HERE for the complete 5A girls tournament bracket.

FRIDAY’s TOURNAMENT SCORES

MHSAA Region 2-6A girls basketball tournament at DeSoto Central

Championship game: Olive Branch 49, DeSoto Central 46

Addison Howell led Olive Branch with 19. Janiya Jones led DeSoto Central with 10. 

MHSAA Region 2-6A boys basketball tournament at DeSoto Central

Championship game: Olive Branch 63, Center Hill 44.

Jaidyn Rankins led Center Hill with 11. Landon Jeffries led Olive Branch with 21. 

MHSAA Region 3-6A girls basketball tournament at Southaven

Consolation game: South Panola 59. Southaven 58

Championship game: Horn Lake 59, Hernando 45

Indiya Bowen led Horn Lake with 18 points vs. Hernando. 

MHSAA Region 3-6A boys basketball tournament at Southaven

Consolation game: South Panola 61, Hernando 57

Championship game: Southaven 75, Horn Lake 51

MHSAA Region 2-5A girls basketball tournament at Cleveland Central

Consolation game: Lake Cormorant 39, Greenville 32

Ja’Keria Hawkins scored 18 points to lead Lake Cormorant. 

MHSAA Region 2-5A boys basketball tournament at Cleveland Central

Championship game: Cleveland Central 49, Lake Cormorant 35

NORTHPOINT STARTS PLAYOFFS ON SATURDAY

It’s also tournament time for Tennessee Division II-A basketball teams in the West Region, which includes the Northpoint Christian School Trojans and Lady Trojans.  

Northpoint boys, seeded fourth from District 4, open tonight (Saturday) at home in a first-round game against Jackson (TN) Christian, starting at 7:30 p.m. The winner moves to the second round, facing Sacred Heart of Jesus at Jackson on Tuesday evening.  

The Northpoint girls, seeded first from District 6, open at home on Tuesday evening at 6 p.m. against the winner of a game between Jackson (TN) Christian and Evangelical Christian School. 

Teams that move past the second round play in the semi-finals on Thursday for girls and Friday for boys. Championship and consolation games for both boys and girls are played on Saturday and all semi-final and final contests this year are contested at Fayette Academy.  

ALL-REGION TEAMS

Region 2-6A named its all-division teams for Olive Branch, Center Hill boys and DeSoto Central girls during Friday’s championship night at DeSoto Central.  Eric Rombaugh was named the division boys’ Coach of the Year and Jason Thompson of Olive Branch was given the same honor as division girls’ Coach of the Year.  

Olive Branch District Coach of the Year Eric Rombaugh, first-team all-district picks Jaylyn Tyler and Darren Davis, and district MVP Landon Jeffries.
(Bob Bakken/DeSoto County Sports)
Center Hill all-district second-team selection Tanner Burcham, first-team all-district picks Deshun Dunn and Jhamal Ross, and second-team all-district Jaidyn Rankins. (Bob Bakken/DeSoto County Sports)
Olive Branch Coach of the Year Jason Thompson, first-team all-district Addison Howell, second-team all-district Trinity Pleas, and district MVP Rhema Pegues. (Bob Bakken/DeSoto County Sports)
DeSoto Central second-team all-district Thailan Payne, first-team all-district Janiya Jones, and second-team all-district Mya Richardson.
(Bob Bakken/DeSoto County Sports)

SOUTHAVEN RETIRES DAVIS JERSEY

Terence Davis, star player for Southaven who then went on to excel at Ole Miss and is now a member of the Sacramento Kings in the NBA, saw his high school jersey retired during Friday’s championship night games at Southaven High School.

Bob Bakken

Bob Bakken is the most recognized and most trusted name in DeSoto County news and sports reporting, as readers continue to express their appreciation for his accuracy and fairness in the stories he writes. Bob provides content for DeSoto County News and occasionally is heard on the OB Pod podcast talking about area happenings. A former newspaper editor and writer, his award-winning background also includes television news producing, sports media relations, and radio broadcasting.

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