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Wayne County, South Jones advance to state title games

JACKSON, MS (WDAM) -  After going only one for it's first four in Jackson, the Pine Belt will be sending two of Tuesday's three teams on to state title matchups. Wayne County boys and South Jones girls both advanced to the 5A state championship games, but Wayne County girls could not overcome a poor third quarter and fell to Oxford in Tuesday's 1:00 pm showdown.

Wayne County's marquee matchup with pre-season number one Starkville produced an unexpected result for some, and a ho-hum result for others, as the War Eagles blanked the Yellow Jackets 50-30. The opening minutes saw both squads start the scoring with dunks, but the War Eagles turned a nine-point half-time lead into a 20-point second-half blowout.

For the girls, South Jones and a Center Hill provided a much more entertaining contest, as both teams swapped leads numerous times. With :13 seconds remaining in regulation and the score tied at 44 all, the Lady Braves retained possession and had a good look at a three from the corner for the win. The attempt sailed long, though, and the Lady Braves needed overtime to settle things.

Tied at 46-46 and the clock reading :50 seconds left in the overtime period, senior Keoshya Wilson nailed maybe the biggest shot of her high school career. Grabbing a pass from the left wing, she took one dribble inside the three-point line and drilled about a 18-foot bucket to give her team the lead. Two more free-throws sealed it, and the Lady Braves survived 50-46.

For Wayne County girls, it came down to a poor third quarter. Oxford held a 30-23 advantage after the first half, but extended its lead to 18 in the second half, and kept it, finishing off Wayne County 60-42. South Jones must now face an undefeated 31-0 Oxford squad for the right to hoist the 5A championship trophy.

Meanwhile, Wayne County will play Callaway, who finished its season 22-6 in the 5A boys state championship.

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