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February 20, 2012

Let's Talk Hoops - The Play-offs

The MHSAA state tournament playoffs are winding down as the teams advancing to the MHSAA State Tournament in Jackson have been decided for each class. Seeding for the state torunament will be decided by Saturday's games but the teams that will be taking the trip to Jackson are:

6A Boys: Gulfport, Biloxi, Jim Hill and Tupelo

6A Girls: Southaven, Horn Lake, Hattiesburg and Forest Hill

5A Boys: Starkville, Callaway, Wayne County and Pascagoula

5A Girls: Center Hill, Oxford, South Jones and Wayne County

4A Boys: Laurel, Bay High, Amanda Elzy and Corinth

4A Girls: Pontotoc, Lafayette County, Bay High and Forrest County AHS

3A Boys: Aberdeen, Booneville, Kemper County and Bailey

3A Girls: Belmont, Ripley, Choctaw Central, SE Lauderdale

2A Boys: S.V. Marshall, Baldwyn, William Sullivan and Bay Springs

2A Girls: New Site, Walnut, Taylorsville and Bassfield

1A Boys: Durant, West Lincoln, Coldwater and Biggersille

1A Girls: H.W. Byers, Coldwater, Hinds AHS and Bogue Chitto

A few interesting notes from the playoffs:

Double Dippers: Teams with both their boys and girls squads making the state tournament

Wayne County, Bay High and Coldwater.

Boys and Girls Classes with the Strongest fields:

5A Boys- Every team is ranked in the top ten and they very well may be the top four teams in the state.

6A Girls- Three teams ranked in the top ten and a perennial contender

Shout out to 2A Boys, 5A Girls and 3A Girls as they all have very solid fields

Biggest Misses: you thought you would have definitely seen these teams in Jackson

Lanier Girls: what can you say No. 1 all year, but ran into a tough Center Hill team in North State

Shannon Boys: Its unfortunate that the two best teams in North 4A had to play in the semi-finals

Desoto Central Boys: Great season for DC but injuries and a battle tested Jim Hill squad were more than enough to offset DC playing at home

Ocean Springs Girls: Had no losses to Mississippi teams and had home court but still came up short

Deepest Classes: These classes have already sent a number of quality teams home:

4A Boys - Quality teams not making it to Jackson: Shannon, Columbia, Port Gibson, Raymond

6A Girls - Ocean Springs, Columbus, Harrison Central, Gulfport

Suprise Suprise: You probably didn't expect to see these folk in Jackson:

Lafayette County Girls are only 15-13 but caught a great draw in the 4A North State Tournament

Players you want to make sure you see:

Devonta Pollard, 6-8 F, Kemper County

Malik Newman, 6-3 G, Callaway

Tiaria Griffin, 5-8 G, Hattiesburg

Fred Thomas, 6-5 G, Jim Hill

Jerontay Clemons, 5-8 G, Coldwater

I'll be back later in the week with my championship picks.

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