Oak Grove girls basketball advances to semifinals

Oak Grove girls basketball advances to semifinals
The Oak Grove girls beat Tupelo 50-46 to advance to the semifinals. Courtesy: WDAM

JACKSON, MS (WDAM) - It took all 32 minutes but when the final buzzer sounded, the Oak Grove girls basketball team walked off Williams Assembly Center court with a 50-46 win over Tupelo.

The Lady Warriors held a double-digit lead in the fourth quarter before the Lady Wave stormed back, pulling within one-point of Oak Grove in the final minute.

With key contributors Alesha Temple (14 points, 12 rebounds) and Jazmin Grayson (12 points, 8 rebounds) fouled out of the game, the Lady Warriors relied on other players in the final moments.

Senior Umayah Harvey (7 points, 9 rebounds) knocked down a pair of clutch free throws to give Oak Grove a three-point lead under 30 seconds remaining. Senior Constance Durr put the game on ice as her free throw made it a four-point game with less than 20 seconds left.

"We've been like this all year," said Oak Grove head coach Mark Swindle. "Losing different players, fouling out and I'll tell you somebody seems to step up and it's just amazing. What a great game. We knew they were coming, [were] going to play full court and it was going to be that kind of game. We just stayed in there. Didn't give up, made some free throws at the end."

Oak Grove (23-5) faces Murrah in the class 6A semifinals on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. inside the Mississippi Coliseum.

The Lady Warriors seek their first state championship since 1984.