The John F. Kennedy Lady Hornets (19-5) took on the West Tally Lady Choctaws (11-11),while the Broad Street Jaguars (12-13) battled the West Bolivar Eagles (18-6).
When the dust settled in both games, it was the Lady Hornets and the Jaguars standing tall as they won the region championships.
JFK beat West Tallahatchie 42-41, and Broad Street defeated West Bolivar 48-45 in overtime.
The game marked the second consecutive year that the Broad Street and West Bolivar boys met in the region championship. West Bolivar won last season.
With Friday’s win, Broad Street (No. 1 seed) will host Hickory Flat (No. 4 seed, Region 2) at 7 p.m. Tuesday, while West Bolivar (No. 2 seed) will host Bruce (No. 3 seed, Region 2) at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
For the Lady Hornets, it was the second consecutive year that they won the region crown. With the win, JFK (No. 1 seed) will now host Walnut (No. 4 seed, Region 2) at 7 p.m. Monday in Mound Bayou.
"I'm really excited about the win, but I'm real happy for the coaching staff, the school and the community," said JFK head coach Linda Allen.
The Lady Choctaws held a 21-14 lead, but JFK responded as Aleghsa Haywood and Jarvis Malone hit back-to-back three-point shots to go into halftime trailing just 21-20.
In the third quarter, West Tally managed to push its lead to 34-24 with 2:40 remaining in the period, but JFK made some clutch baskets to go into the final quarter down 34-29.
In the fourth quarter with West Tally leading 35-30, Mays managed to break through the Lady Choctaws’ defense to score a lay up for a 35-32 game with 3:30 on the clock.
Monika Richards scored on a put back for the Lady Choctaws to put the lead back up to five points , but Frederica responded with a basket and on the next play Jarvis Malone came up with a steal and lay up to pull the Lady Hornets within one point at 37-36 with 2:20 left in regulation.
With 1:19 left in the game and West Tally leading 38-36, Malone was fouled and went to the free throw line line. With the gym silent, Malone knocked down both attempts to tie the game at 38-38.
Moments later, Richards was fouled for West Tally, and she made one free throw for a 39-38 Lady Choctaws’ lead. On the next play, Frederica scored on a turn-around jump shot with 48 seconds left in the game for a 40-39 JFK lead. With 19 seconds on the clock, Malone was fouled and made both free throws to stretch JFK’s advantage to 42-39. The Lady Hornets fouled West Tally’s Janesha Lee, and she went to the line and made both free throws with for a 42-41 game.
The Lady Hornets turned the ball over with two seconds remaining giving West Tally one last shot. The play was executed perfectly as Lee threw the ball to Vantaishia Jones who snatched it out of the air for a last second shot, but it fell a little short to give JFK the victory.
Frederica led JFK with 21 points and 11 rebounds, followed by Mays with nine points and nine rebounds and Malone with nine points and four steals.
In the boys game, it came down to the fourth quarter where West Bolivar led 29-22 as Frank Fields hit a three-point shot at the third quarter buzzer for the Eagles.
West Bolivar seemed to have the game under control, but in the fourth quarter, Broad Street head coach Karshae Peterson reached to the bench and pulled Terry Alexander and Ade Jones off to go into the game. Earlier in the night, both players suffered ankle injuries and were pulled and had not played in the second half.
The move was huge for Broad Street, as the pair became crucial parts of the offense throughout the rest of the night.
"Ade and Terry went down early in the game, but they came back and sucked up the pain and played great for us down the stretch to help us out," said Peterson.
Jones was fouled shooting a three-point shot and made 2-of-3 free throws to close the West Bolivar gap to 29-24.
With 5:30 left in the game, Broad Street's Ladarious Walker hit a three-point shot for a 30-27 game. The Eagles batted back as Ladarius Shavers made two free throws to give the Eagles a 32-27 lead.
Jones responded with a three-point shot with 4:20 left to bring Broad Street to within striking distance as West Bolivar held a 32-30 lead.
West Bolivar's Deguadereck Rice scored on a lay-up for a 34-30 lead, but once again the Eagles’ fouled Jones shooting a three-point basket. Jones made two free throws for a 34-32 game.
With the clock at 2:10, Fields made one free throw for a 35-32 Eagles lead. With an opportunity to put some cushion on the lead Fields went to the line again, but this time missed both free throws.
Following offensive fouls on both teams, the Jaguars regained possession and B.J. Hall was fouled. Hall made both free throws for a 35-34 game with 1:16 left in regulation.
With 1:01 on the clock, West Bolivar's Kylan Johnson missed two free throws, and Broad Street took advantage. Hall found Carmen Banger with: 34 seconds left in regulation for a basket to give the Jaguars a 36-35 lead.
With 23 seconds left in regulation, Jones made a free throw for a 37-35 Broad Street lead, but Fields took the ball the length of the court and scored on a left hand lay up to tie the game at 37-37, sending it into overtime.
In the overtime period, Fields started things off with two free throws to give the Eagles a 39-37 lead. Alexander responded for Broad Street with a three-point basket from the corner to give the Jaguars a 40-39 advantage.
West Bolivar's Dekendrick Hall made a free throw to tie the game at 40-40 with 3:03 left in OT, but with 2:37 left Jones was fouled shooting a three-point shot and he made two free throws for a 42-40 Jaguars’ lead.
With 2:30 on the clock, Rice hit a free throw, but Broad Street's Hall followed with two free throws for a 44-41 game.
Fields was fouled with 1:30 left in the game and made both free throws for a 44-43 game.
Later in the period, Flo Robinson made a free throw for the Jaguars to give them a 45-43 lead with 46 seconds left in the game. After a West Bolivar turn over, Hall made one free throw for a 46-43 game with 18 seconds remaining.
Fields scored a lay-up to close the Broad Street gap to 46-45, but with :02 remaining Jones hit two free throws for a 48-45 win.
Alexander led Broad Street with 12 points, followed by Jones and Hall with 11 points each. Fields led West Bolivar with 24 points, followed by Ladarius Tucker with eight points.