The Yazoo County Lady Panthers faced off in a rematch against the Franklin County Lady Bulldogs in the first round of the Class 3A playoffs looking to reverse the outcome from a season ago. Last year, the Lady Bulldogs ended Yazoo County’s playoff run in the quarterfinal round, leaving the Lady Panthers looking for revenge.
While the Lady Panthers fought hard, the end result proved to be the same as the Lady Bulldogs benefited from a dominating second quarter to pull away and ultimately advance with a 66-50 victory. The loss ends the season for YCHS head coach Christina Demus and the Lady Panthers.
“This is a disappointing win because we felt that we were the better team and had the perfect game plan,” said Demus. “At the end of the day you still have to execute and we fell apart in that second quarter. That was the story of the game.”
Yazoo County trailed by four, 15-11, after the first quarter but their offense came to a screeching halt soon thereafter. The Lady Panthers mustered only four points in the second frame to Franklin County’s 17 and trailed 32-15 at the half.
The Lady Bulldogs outscored Yazoo County 17-15 in the third quarter and the Lady Panthers’ 20-17 fourth quarter advantage was not enough to overcome the deficit and keep their season alive.
Senior guard Kennidy Irvin led the Lady Panthers in scoring with 15 points, all coming from behind the three-point line. The only other double-figure scorer for Yazoo County was Catherine Collum with 14 points.
Shakeria Robinson and Alycia McCree had eight points apiece, Clemmie Carr added three and Kamillia Jones rounded out the scoring with two.
Ja’sharreah Hunt led all scorers with a game-high 31 points, followed by TeKysa Thompson with 16 and Rylei Turner with 10.
Added Demus, “This one definitely hurts because I felt we were capable of making a deep playoff run. We had one senior (Kennidy) and I wanted that so bad for her. She has been a rock in our program and is going to be missed. But we have a core group of girls returning that grew up a lot this year. Hopefully, now they understand what it takes to be great and will pledge to make that commitment in the offseason to do whatever it takes to achieve greatness.”