Supreme Court rules in favor of Hattiesburg High girls basketball

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - On Friday, the Mississippi Supreme Court sent the court case between Hattiesburg High School and the Mississippi High School Activities Association back to state court, after denying two requests from the association.

The MHSAA requested that Chancellor Deborah Gambrell, who presides over the case in state court, be recused from the case. The Supreme Court denied that request and also denied to dissolve a state-issued injunction that allows Hattiesburg High guard Tiaria Griffin to play in games.

In addition, the Supreme Court issued an order that Griffin's individual case now be a part of the Tigers' case as a whole.

While the Tigers and Griffin remain eligible to play, the case will resume in state court on Monday.

The case stems from Griffin's ineligible ruling by the MHSAA in November, and the Tiger's subsequent suspension for allowing Griffin to play after being deemed ineligible. The Tigers served the suspension for three games and a tournament before again being allowed to play as the legal matters sort themselves out.

Griffin sat out an additional two games after the team began play again on Dec. 13, 2011 against Columbia.

Griffin's suspension was based on allegations she moved from the Lawrence County school district specifically to play basketball for Hattiesburg High School. The MSHAA placed the Hattiesburg High girls basketball team on probation on Monday Nov. 7, for playing Griffin in the first game of the season the previous Friday.

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