West Jones girls and Wayne County boys win 5-5A tournament titles, other local teams secure playoff spots

Girls Consolation Game: Wayne County 39, South Jones 36.

No. 4 seed Wayne County knocked off No. 2 seed South Jones 39-36 Friday night in the Region 5-5A Girls Basketball Consolation game. The season continues for the Lady War Eagles, who secured a playoff spot with the win, while the Lady Braves conclude the 2018-2019 season 18-10 overall.

Lashanda Everett and Bayleigh Busby finished in double-digits for Wayne County with 16 and 11, respectively. Jordan Clark led South Jones in baskets with 12 points, while teammate Kelsi Jackson added 10. 

Boys Consolation Game: West Jones 91, South Jones 90.

The highest scoring contest Friday night lasted through regulation and two overtimes. No. 4 West Jones marked its spot in the upcoming playoffs with a 91-90 win over county rival No. 3 South Jones. For the Braves, their 2018-2019 season ends with a 4-23 overall record.

Eight players on each team scored baskets in the back and forth contest. Andre Thomas and Jamari Dease led South Jones in points with 23 apiece. For West Jones, Jared Naylor lit up the night with 35 points, 13 of which came in the two overtime periods.



Girls Championship Game: West Jones 69, Laurel 52.

Laurel was no match for the unbeaten West Jones Lady Mustangs Friday night. Capturing their 26th win on the season and the Region 5-5A Girls Tournament title, No. 1 West Jones downed No. 3 Laurel 69-52 in a packed out Mustangs Gymnasium.

West Jones pulled away from Laurel in the second period, outscoring the Lady Tornadoes, 23-12, before the half. They maintained their lead in the second half to remain unbeaten.

Brikayla Gray led West Jones with 21 points, while Jurnee McLaurin and Bre Carr also sacred with double-digits with 18 and 16, respectively. 

India Singleton led Laurel on the boards with 20 points. Teammates Beverly Tillman and Zoey Cooley finished with 14 and 10 points as well. 

Boys Championship Game: Wayne County 69, Laurel 68.

The tournament’s nightcap game also was decided in overtime. 

No. 2 Wayne County upended No. 1 Laurel 69-68 late Friday night in the Region 5-5A Boys Championship game. 

Other than Laurel’s opening basket, Wayne County led for the majority of regulation. Late in the fourth period, the Tornadoes tied with Wayne County on three different occasions and even took a one-point lead with less than a minute to go. A free throw baskets by Wayne County pushing the game into overtime. The War Eagles outscored the Tornadoes by a single point in the four-minute overtime to win their second Region 5-5A Tournament title in a row.

Terrance Jones led Wayne County with 25 points. Garius Ray aided with 14 points of his own.

For Laurel, Jontarius Henderson finished with 20 points while Austin Lindsey added 16 and Antwain Hatten scored 10.

The Class 5A playoffs with begin on Monday for most games. 

Sports Editor

James is a graduate of Stringer High School and Jones County Junior College. He is an award-winning AP and MS Press photographer, writer, and layout designer.

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