Sylva-Bay made that long drive near Louisiana with intent to win a district championship over the Centreville Tigers. The Saints won this important district match earlier in the season by 11 points. The Tigers spotted the Saints 11 points Friday night, nearly taking the game and title. The Tigers got their revenge over the Saints last night by a nine-point margin, 50-41.
With 15 seconds left the Tigers had the 11 point lead they needed to win the district. Saint sophomore Isabelle Boyd looked to put the final nail in the district title banner by hitting two free throws. Head coach Seth Cheatham explained that he made his team aware of what was at stake, "You always want to win the ball game. At one point in the game, we had to make sure that they (SBA) understood the situation coming into it. We beat them (Centreville) by 11 at our place. We had to cover, and we did that."
That "covering the spread" sounds like a Bok Homa casino bet, but it was the very spread needed to crown the Saints as District Champions for the first time in five years. "It still feels like a win even though the scoreboard didn't say it was. I can't be more proud of those girls the way they played," said Cheatham.
Next week is playoff times and the Lady Saints have caught the eyes of their competition. Scouts are showing up to their games wondering why they have won five of their last six outings. Sylva-Bay is now on the hunted list of MSAIS basketball. We will see soon how they handle the target on their backs.
Cheatham revealed his thought process about South State next week, "Our work is not finished. From now on we are playing one game at a time. We got some momentum going into next week and hopefully, we can get back to our home floor for the state championship."