Desoto County Sports

Saturday sports: Northpoint splits West Region tournament games

Photo: Lillie Milligan of Northpoint Christian fires for two of her game-high 15 points in the win against Tipton-Rosemark Saturday afternoon. (Bob Bakken/

The TSSAA Division 2-A West Region postseason tournament season began Saturday for the Northpoint Christian School basketball teams, and while it will continue for one of the squads, it ended after one game for the other.  


The Northpoint girls will move on to the second round of the tournament on Monday at University School of Jackson after the Lady Trojans eliminated Tipton-Rosemark Academy 42-28 Saturday afternoon. But the Northpoint boys were ousted from the playoffs with Saturday night’s 60-58 loss at Trinity Christian Academy in Jackson, Tenn. 

The offense struggled for the Lady Trojans in Saturday’s contest, but the Lady Rebels struggled even more. Northpoint took a 10-3 lead after one quarter and took a 20-11 edge into the locker room at halftime of a first half that saw Tipton-Rosemark hit double digits on the scoreboard for the first with just under one minute left in the half.  

Northpoint picked up the offense and ratched down on defense in the third quarter, holding Tipton-Rosemark to just three points in outsourcing the Lady Rebels 14-3 in the first eight minutes after intermission.  TRA closed the gap in the fourth quarter, but it was not enough as Northpoint took the victory.  

Two staples to the Northpoint offensive production this season came through again. Lillie Milligan led the way with a game high 15 points, 10 of which came in the first half. Milligan also knocked down four three-point shots. Nailah Herrera added 11 points for the Lady Trojans, all of but two of which came after halftime.  

Brooke Harrison led TRA in scoring with 12 points, seven of which came in the fourth quarter.  

Northpoint’s next game will be Monday evening against USJ, which is the number one seed in the region.  

Northpoint’s Christian Gilliland scored 27 points in the loss at Trinity Christian Academy Saturday night. (Bob Bakken/


It was a back-and-forth affair between the Lions and Trojans on the TCA campus Saturday night. The two teams battled to a 15-15 tie after one quarter, but midway through the second quarter Trinity Christian had moved ahead by five points at 24-19.  The Trojans did come back to pull within 28-26 for the Lions at halftime, as Christian Gilliand had posted 10 points and Patton Huxford stepped up to add six more for Northpoint.  

The Trojans came out strong and took a five-point lead at 37-32 with just over three minutes left in the third quarter but TCA rallied to get within 39-38 for the Trojans with 1:30 left in the period. Northpoint led at quarter’s end 44-42.  )

In the fourth quarter, it was the Lions’ turn to pull ahead, leading 48-46 with 5:52 remaining. The lead was extended to 54-48 TCA with 1:29 left in the game.  A big three point shot by Jack Patterson would pull the Trojans to 54-51 Lions with 1:08 left and Gilliland added a layup that again closed a gap to 55-53.

When Gilliland was later fouled, the junior would make the first but missed the second free throw, but the rebound layup made it 57-56 TCA. 

Northpoint added a basket and TCA a three-point shot in the closing seconds, but the game ended when Patterson’s three-point try from the right side of the arc hit the front of the rim and bounced off.  

Gilliland, as he has the entire season, led Northpoint in scoring with 27 points, 17 of which were in the second half. Ayden Kelly added 11 points for the Trojans and Grayson Alford scored nine more before fouling out of the game with 3:23 left in the contest.  

Trinity Christian Academy, which plays at First Assembly Christian in Cordova Tuesday night in the second round, was led by Kaleb Williams with 14 points. He was one of three Lions in double figures.  

Saturday, Feb. 11 

Prep girls basketball 

TSSAA Division 2-A West Region – first round

  • Northpoint Christian 42, Tipton-Rosemark 28

Prep boys basketball

TSSAA Division 2-A West Region – first round  

  • Trinity Christian 60, Northpoint Christian 58

JUCO Baseball

  • Northwest 6, Columbia State 3
  • Northwest 14, Motlow State 6


High school baseball and softball teams took to the field for the first time in jamboree action Saturday.  Here are some scores:


  • Lewisburg 8, Southaven 2
  • Lewisburg 10, Lake Cormorant 0
  • Center Hill 5, Amory 5 (tie)
  • Houston 2, Center Hill 1


  • Lake Cormorant 4, Olive Branch 3
  • Center Hill 18, Horn Lake 2
  • Strayhorn 18, Horn Lake 1
  • Hernando 5, Olive Branch 4
  • South Panola 11, Center Hill 0
  • DeSoto Central 11, Starkville 2
  • South Panola 7, Hernando 4
  • DeSoto Central 16, Lake Cormorant 0

Basketball tournament schedule, Feb. 13-18

Monday, Feb. 13

Prep girls basketball

MHSAA 6A playoffs – first round

  • Clinton at DeSoto Central
  • Lewisburg at Madison Central
  • Southaven at Starkville 

Tuesday, Feb. 14 

Prep boys’ basketball

MHSAA 6A playoffs – first round

  • Lewisburg at Clinton
  • Murrah at DeSoto Central
  • Grenada at Southaven

MHSAA 5A playoffs – first round

  • Forest Hill at Lake Cormorant

Friday, Feb. 17

Prep girls basketball

MHSAA 6A playoffs – second round

  • Lewisburg/Madison Central at Tupelo
  • DeSoto Central/Clinton at Center Hill
  • South Panola/Grenada at Horn Lake

Saturday, Feb. 18

Prep boys basketball

MHSAA 6-A playoffs – second round

  • Clinton/Lewisburg at Starkville
  • DeSoto Central/Murrah at Olive Branch
  • Southaven/Grenada at Horn Lake

MHSAA 5-A playoffs – second round

  • Lake Cormorant/Forest Hill at Cleveland Central

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