The Yazoo City Lady Indians knew they had their work cut out for them Monday night in their Class 4A first-round playoff opener against the No. 1 ranked team in 4A, the Pontotoc Lady Warriors.
Deep and athletic, the Lady Warriors are a well-balanced team averaging around 60 points per game and they wasted little time imposing their will against the Lady Indians en route to an 82-37 win.
With the loss, the Lady Indians season ends with a record of 2-9.
Pontotoc capitalized on early Yazoo City foul trouble (senior Ebonee Brown picked up her fourth foul midway through the quarter) and missed layups from the Lady Indians an opened up with a 16-3 lead after one quarter of play. The continued their onslaught in the second quarter, outscoring the Lady Indians 25-12 to take a halftime 41-15 lead.
Yazoo had several chances to cut into the Lady Warriors’ lead as they were able to break the Pontotoc press with relative ease, however, they were unable to convert layup opportunities into points.
As the third quarter opened, Pontotoc put their foot on the gas, thanks in large part to the sniper-like shooting of Makayla Boyd. The senior scored 14 points in the quarter, going 4-for-4 from behind the three-point arc to lead Pontotoc on a 23-0 run that boosted the lead to 64-15 with 3:01 left in the quarter.
The Lady Warriors scored 31 points to Yazoo City’s seven in the quarter and led 72-22 heading into the fourth and final frame. Yazoo City outscored the home team 15-10 in the quarter, but the damage was already done.
Boyd and Samya Brooks both scored 21 points to lead the Lady Warriors, followed by Riley Stanford with 10.
Lady Indian senior guard Doukerria Martin was the lone Lady Indian double figure scorer with 13 points and 6 steals. Ebonee Brown and Antaniya Brown (nine rebounds) each had eight, Zoie Baker had five and E’kemi Johnson added three.
Said YHS head coach Mario Edwards, “This is a bittersweet moment because of the strides these young ladies made throughout a tumultuous season. Of course, no one wants to lose, but I am extremely proud of their commitment and dedication. Our seniors led the way with consistent hard work and have begun to rebuild a strong foundation for Yazoo City girls’ basketball. I just wish we could have them another year. I look forward to seeing the sweat that will be dropped this off-season in preparation for next year because we will continue to improve.”