Bay Springs girls are on a 14-game winning streak. The Lady Bulldogs have not lost a game since November 5, and that was to a much bigger Laurel team. Their only three losses are to Laurel, South Jones, and Meridian, and those were all by eight points or less.
Taylorsville had an almost identical record coming into the game with only three losses by three points or less to West Jones and Wayne County. Again, two really good teams on the 5A level. Something had to give in this important region match.
The Lady Tartars were outscored by the Bulldogs in the first three quarters before finding some late baskets and turnovers in the fourth quarter stretch. "Taylorsville never did stop fighting. I think we saw we had a pretty good lead and we just laid down," said Bulldog head coach Nedra Hosey about the close finish.
Bay Springs allowed Taylorsville to cut a 14 point lead to three points with seconds left but held on to win 54-49. This game could be a preview of the Region 5-2A championship. Hosey was impressed with the neighboring and commented, "Taylorsville has a really solid team. They have some really great post players that play fundamentally sound."
The Bulldogs' leading scorers were Kaitlyn Ellis and Jaliyah Shelby with 22 and 17 points respectfully. Kolten Blakeney and Kywana Johnson led the Tartars with 19 and 14.
Both teams have a great opportunity to make a run at the playoffs, but it is a young season. A lot can happen Hosey noted, "Right now we are healthy. We hope to stay away from ankle turns, flu, and stuff like that. Hopefully, we will peak at the right time."