Basketball season comes to end
Wednesday, March 5, 2014 12:00 AM
The 2013-2014 prep basketball season came to an end last week for local teams.
The Leake Academy girls dropped a 60-47 decision to Madison-Ridgeland Academy in the second round of the Overall State tournament to conclude their season with a 40-2 record. Earlier in the week, the Rebelettes defeated Hebron Christian 84-51 in the first round of the tournament.
"We had a great season," said Coach Phil Shepard, who took over the program following Doyle Wolverton's resignation earlier in the season. "We won our district, the North State championship and the State AA championship. We would have liked to have gone further in the overall but that doesn't overshadow what these girls have accomplished."
As for the question of who will be the Rebelettes' coach next season, Shepard said no decision had been made and the matter had not really been discussed with him.
"When I took over the team, we agreed we would not talk about next year until after the season," Shepard said. "What we wanted to do was to make sure that these girls had a good experience this season."
Three local boys teams bowed out in the first round of the South State tournament on Tuesday. Philadelphia lost to Morton, 44-43; Choctaw Central fell to Prentiss 71-60, and Union lost 90-39 to S.V. Marshall.