From tip-off to final buzzer, West Jones dominated Friday night.
Against Picayune (10-19) in the second round of MHSAA girls basketball playoffs, West Jones picked up its 27th win on a so far perfect season with a 49-16 win in Soso.
“It was a game we just had to keep our focus,” said West Jones head coach Sharon Murray. “We tried to work on some things to get us prepared for next week. We wanted everyone to get involved – from post players to guards – because we know that at some point those girls [off the bench] will have to step up.”
The Lady Mustangs move on to the third round and will face Brookhaven next Tuesday night in a road contest. Like West Jones, Brookhaven boasts an impressive record, currently 27-1 on the season and coming off a 73-46 win over West Harrison.
“It will be the biggest game of our season for sure,” said Murray. “It’ll be two excellent teams on the court. Someone will be going home and someone will not. We have to come in and want it more than they do.”
Senior guard Jurnee McLaurin led West Jones with 21 points Friday night. As for Picayune, senior point guard Camille Culpepper finished with 13 of the Lady Maroon Tide’s 16 points.
Eighteen West Jones points went on the board for before Picayune scored a basket. Culpepper’s free throw point halfway through the second period put Picayune on the board for the first time. The Lady Tide finished with just five first-half points.
West Jones outscored Picayune, 27-11, in the second half to secure the second round playoff win.