Desoto County Sports

Tuesday sports: Potts named All-Star coach

Photo: Horn Lake boys’ basketball coach Chico Potts exhorts his team late in the Eagles’ 6A quarterfinal victory last season at Mississippi Valley State University. (Bob Bakken/

Horn Lake boys’ basketball coach Chico Potts is about to start his second season as head coach of the Eagles, but knows he will have one more game to coach in at the end of the season, regardless of how it turns out.

The Mississippi Association of Coaches (MAC) on Tuesday, Nov. 7, announced its coaches for the North-South All-Star Games and Potts was named to join Rolley Tipler of Pontotoc on the 5A-6A-7A North All-Star team.  The rosters will be announced on Jan. 8, according to the MAC website.  

The game will be played March 9 at Mississippi College in Clinton.  

Potts took Horn Lake to the state basketball tournament in his first season with the program last season, a season highlighted by Dimp Pernell’s game-winning shot in the quarterfinals to defeat Starkville 43-42 at Mississippi Valley State University. The Eagles were eliminated in the state semifinals Mississippi Coliseum by Northwest Rankin 58-46.Potts came to Horn Lake before last season after coaching at Gentry. The Delta State University Hall of Fame inductee was also an assistant coach at Greenville-Weston and at Tupelo, an assistant at Mississippi Valley State (MVSU) and was the Delta Devils’ head coach before returning to his high school alma mater to take over the boys’ basketball program at the Indianola school with Gentry. 

Tuesday, Nov. 7

Prep boys basketball

Lewisburg 68, South Panola 39

Note: Lewisburg was led by Amarion Davis with 23 points and Tybious Ware (13)

Olive Branch 86, Hernando 51

Southaven 62, Lake Cormorant 44

Horn Lake 60, Center Hill 55

Prep girls basketball

South Panola 61, Lewisburg 49

Note: Lewisburg was led in scoring by Allie Carroll (20 points) and Allison Irby (13). South Panola was led by Nia Fondren with 18 points.

Hernando 51, Olive Branch 46 

Southaven 56, Lake Cormorant 45

Note: Lake Cormorant was led by Taliyah Austin, who scored 15 points, grabbed 19 rebounds and had five blocks.

Center Hill 78, Horn Lake 33

Note: Center Hill was led in scoring with Jairya Rankins (23 points), Zarria Shipp (18), and Anniya Bailey (11).  

Prep boys soccer

Lewisburg 6, Ripley 0

Center Hill 2, Southaven 1

Horn Lake 6, South Panola 0

Lake Cormorant 8, Senatobia 1

New Albany 3, Olive Branch 0

Prep girls soccer

Center Hill 4, Southaven 2

South Panola 2, Horn Lake 0

Senatobia 6, Lake Cormorant 1

Olive Branch 0, New Albany 0

SPORTS ETC.: Northwest Mississippi Community College learned Tuesday it will be in Pool B of the NJCAA Division II women’s soccer tournament next week. Johnson County (Kansas) and Rock Valley (Illinois) are the two other teams in the pool. Play begins Nov. 18 at Tucson, Arizona. 

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