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Bay Springs’ bid to deny the defending 2A champs back-to-back state titles was unsuccessful.

Coahoma County dominated Bay Springs from the start Friday afternoon inside the Jackson Coliseum to win the MHSAA Class 2A Boys Basketball title 62-46 for the second straight year.

Coahoma opened the game on a 16-0 run and held Bay Springs to just two points in the first period.

“We had a terrible start,” said Bay Springs head coach Corey Mackey. “I think the jitters of the game got to our kids. Coahoma is arguably the best team in the state.”

The first period ended with Coahoma County out in front of Bay Springs, 16-2. Senior guard Austin Sigsworth scored the lone bucket for the Bulldogs with 41 seconds left in the period.

It took nearly two minutes for Bay Springs to score its follow up bucket.

Finally, after nearly 14 minutes of play, the Bulldogs started the find a little rhythm. They closed out the final four minutes of the first half on an 8-2 run.

The run and rhythm took better form in the third period. Bay Springs outscored Coahoma County 17-10 in the third to pull within 11-points, 41-30.

“We fought so hard to stay in it,” said Mackey. “We just could not get over the hump. Like I told the kids, the coach can give you the X’s and O’s, but they would have to overcome it [on the court].

 

 

“In the first half, we were scared to death. Some of the kids even admitted it at halftime. But we fought in the second half.”

The rally, though, was short-lived as Coahoma finished the game on a 21-16 run to win its second consecutive 2A title.

Four Coahoma players netted double-digits in the win. Markevious Phillips led the Red Panthers in points with 16 in just 18 minutes of play.

Kevin Grimes led all scorers in the contest with 19. The Bay Springs junior was 45 percent from the floor, some 20 percentage points higher than his teammates as a whole. Bay Springs only shot 25.5 percent in the loss, which mirrored its troubles in every other area Friday afternoon.

The season overall was a success said Mackey despite the loss.

“We had a great run,” Mackey said. “They’re plenty of teams that wouldn’t mind losing today in the state championship. We will hit those weights and come back next year stronger.

“It was a tremendous season, though. We only loss four games and those games were against teams like Meridian, Laurel, and St. Joseph. Those teams are teams that either made the state tournament in their classes or were close to making it. With only one senior on the team, we’re preparing to get back in this situation.

Bay Springs boys finish the 2017-2018 season 26-4 overall.