HHS athletic director: federal ruling "just a bump in the road"

Tiara Griffin playing basketball at HHS
Tiara Griffin playing basketball at HHS

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Even with after receiving a federal ruling that stated Hattiesburg Dandy Dozen guard Tiaria Griffin was not protected to play from an injunction, Hattiesburg High School Athletic Director Cheyenne Trussell still feels his school's varsity girls basketball team will get back on the court very soon.

"We said from the beginning," shared Trussell, "that we would let this thing play out in court, and we're planning on playing next Friday."

Trussell called the federal ruling a "bump in the road," but expects a more important ruling next week. The Mississippi High School Activities Association, which deemed Griffin ineligible before the start of the season and suspended the tigers' girls basketball team for playing Griffin in the first two games, still has a lawsuit from Griffin's mother pending in Federal court.

Meanwhile, the association released a statement on Tuesday regarding its decision to suspend the Hattiesburg girls basketball team for the remainder of the season:

"The MHSAA deeply regrets that one of its member schools and its administration has illogically and unreasonably chosen to ignore the MHSAA's rulings and decisions, and has continued to follow a defiant course of action.  The MHSAA hurts for the student-athletes at Hattiesburg High School who have been ultimately affected by these actions.  All that said, the MHSAA owes an obligation to its member schools to enforce its rules and regulations as written, and it will continue to do so in this case and others."

The tigers next game is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 2 at Gulfport.

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