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Lady Jackets quest for gold ball again

Hailey Locke, Staff

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For the second season in a row the Lady Jacket basketball team will play for the for the MHSAA 6A Girls Basketball State Championship.

This year the Lady Jackets will take on the Murrah Mustangs this weekend at the Mississippi Coliseum in Jackson.

The Lady Jackets come in with a 27-2 overall record with losses coming from Choctaw Central and Murrah; the girls have matched with the Murrah Mustangs three times during the 2017-18 campaign, with the Lady Jackets getting the best of the Lady Mustangs twice.

Head Coach Krisite Williams is going to mentally prepare the girls for the championship game.

“At this point in the season, my staff and I remind the girls that we have done all the hard work to get to this moment. We now have to close this season out with our very best effort to win the gold ball. The girls know what is at stake, so they’re self-motivated to get the job done,” Williams said.

Williams is planning to make adjustments for this game: “We have looked at game film and we know the areas that we need to clean up before we play. It is also going to be day of game adjustments we will make as well.”

The Lady Jackets come back to the title game with plenty of experience in pressure situation.

Jariyah Covington is a senior point guard.

”Its a blessing to have made it this far once again. Overall, we’re excited and ready to play. We’re used to being in pressure situations, so we know that we have to remain calm, not get rattled, and take care of the ball,” Covington said.

Williams knows that by playing Murrah for the fourth time, both teams know each other very well.

“The little things will be key factors like boxing out rebounds, communicating with each other, and making free throws,” Williams said.

Lady Jackets will play Saturday, March 10, at 6 pm, and live streamed through NFHS Network on the misshsaa.com website.

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