Junior High Girls Basketball takes home the title

Boys complete winning season

The Junior High Girls Basketball team took home the championship on February 16th. With a score of 32-29, the girls beat the MRA Patriots.

The #1 seed Lady Patriots of Prep lead by head coach Michael McAnally beat out the #3 seed Lady Patriots of MRA lead. Due to being the #1 seed, Prep had a first round bye, meaning that the winner of #4 seed PCS and #5 seed JA would face off against Prep in the second round of the MAIS Division 1 Tournament.

Dominating JA, the Lady Pats advanced to the conference finals with a 25-11 win. #3 seed MRA defeated the #6 seed Oak Forest and #2 seed Parklane to advance and compete against Prep. The Prep junior high girls team was dominant nearly all season, with a winning record of 24-3 and a perfect conference season with a 12-0 record against conference schools. Two of the three losses came within the first five games out of the twenty seven game season.

With a twelve game win streak in the middle of the season, the Lady Pats fell short of a victory in the nail biting and close scoring game against Hartfield Academy (32-30). After the tough loss, the girls came back to finish the season with eight straight wins, including the MAIS Championship title over Madison Ridgeland Academy.

In the championship game hosted at Prep, MRA was held to 0 points at the end of the first period, while Prep had the lead with 7. Prep kept the momentum and pulled to a 16-6 lead at the end of the first half. The third period was once again dominated by Prep, as MRA trailed behind to finish off the third period with a score of 29-18. MRA made a big comeback in the fourth period. Prep scored a total of 3 points as MRA lead with a total of 12 points in the final period of play.

Despite the amount of points in the fourth, the Lady Patriots of Jackson Prep came out victorious in the 32-29 battle to take home the championship trophy. Andie Flatgard scored nearly half of the teams points, as she lead the team with 15.

This season, the Jackson Prep Junior High Boys Basketball Team finished with a winning record of 19-6. They reached the semi-finals but sadly were defeated by Madison-Ridgeland Academy 33-32.

Head Coach Chris Goodman lead the team to their winning season. The starting five consisted of Will Burnham, Lewis Knotts, John Camp Wise, Lampton Moore, and Walker Craddock.

Team member Gavin Mullins said, “This season was really good even though we lost at the end. We gave it our all and that’s what really matters.”  Their losses were to Tishomingo, Parklane, JA, and MRA. The most scoring game was a win against Copiah Academy by a score of 56-51. In the end, it was a good season even though they lost a tough one to MRA.