Thursday sports: Jones commits to Coahoma basketball

Photo: Flanked by family, DeSoto Central shooting guard Janiya Jones signed to play at Coahoma Community College next season. (Courtesy photo)

Coahoma Community College women’s basketball is getting a sharpshooter in DeSoto Central shooting guard Janiya Jones, who signed with the Tigers Thursday evening at the high school.

Jones joins a program that was 21-7 last season, 11-3 in conference games and 11-1 at home. Coahoma fell to Jones College 62-54 in the NJCAA Region 23 semifinals. 

Coahoma is coached by Stephanie Murphy, who completed her fourth season on the bench in Clarksdale.

Jones helped lead the Lady Jags to the second round of the MHSAA 6A girls’ basketball playoffs before being eliminated by a Clinton team that went on to reach the state semifinals.  

One of the top shooting guards around, Jones was selected to the Mississippi team for the annual Mississippi/Alabama All-Star Game in March.  Jones was also a second-team selection on the Mississippi Sports Group Class 6A All-State Team.  

DeSoto County Scoreboard

Prep baseball

Hernando 10, Oxford Lafayette 7 (8 innings) (Luke Romine grand slam, Topher Jones walk-off homer in the 8th wins it for Hernando.)

St. George’s 9, Northpoint Christian 8 (8 innings) (James Smith struck out five in 4.2 innings pitched and took the loss.  Conner McNatt homered and drove in three runs for Northpoint. Hunter Brown homered and had two RBIs. )

Prep boys soccer

Northpoint Christian vs. Collegiate School – canceled

Prep softball

Northpoint Christian vs. Harding – canceled

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