Baldwyn girls raced to a large first half lead behind several hot hands from three point range and held off a furious 4th quarter comeback from Booneville to advance to the Prentiss County title game on Saturday with a 65-59 victory.
The Lady Bearcats jumped out to a commanding 14-3 first quarter lead thanks to 5 points from Keely Wade and built that to a 40-15 halftime lead behind 16 second quarter points from I’Yana Ragin.
The Lady Devils made a strong comeback in the second half, tying the game in the fourth quarter behind a flurry of baskets from Kinsley Murphy, Mary Houston Ivy and Lexie Pharr.
The comeback bid fell short for Booneville and Baldwyn was able to seal the game on a pair of Amarie Anderson buckets late.
Baldwyn was led my Ragin’s 27. Anderson chipped in 17.
Booneville was led by Kinsley Murphy with 20. Kristen Ragin had 16.
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