HATTIESBURG — A strong first half set the tone for the Meridian High School girls basketball team as the Lady Wildcats beat Petal High School, 63-48, Tuesday in the Region 5-6A tournament at Oak Grove High School.
Meridian held Petal to six points in the first quarter and nine points in the second to take a 33-15 lead into the break.
Miracle Dubose led the way for the Lady Wildcats with 23 points, while Kayla Gordon tallied nine points and Chrystianna Bakken chipped in with eight points.
Meridian girls head coach Patricia Wilson said she scouted Petal last week when it played Oak Grove, which gave her an idea of what to expect Tuesday.
“We saw some things we didn’t see the first two times we played them,” Wilson said. “Our main objective was to stop penetration, and we contained them inside and made sure we worked the front and the post.”
Gordon was one point shy of a double-double, as she led the Lady Wildcats in rebounding with 12 boards.
Meridian (23-4) will play the winner of Tuesday’s Oak Grove and Brandon High School game at 6 p.m. Friday for the regional championship.
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Four Wildcats scored in double figures as the Meridian boys ran past Petal Tuesday in the Region 5-6A tournament.
Meridian, which is without head coach Randy Bolden, who is on administrative leave, didn’t appear to lose a step Tuesday, interim head coach Tony Tadlock said.
“It’s been a rough week, but one thing we pride ourselves on is being a family,” Tadlock said. “Adversity only brings our family closer. I was proud of the effort. We came out and played really hard tonight.”
B.J. Miller led with 23 points for Meridian, which was ahead 48-29 at halftime. Jontavius Thomas had 19 points for the Wildcats, and Davontae Brewster chipped in with 16 points. Joel Baskin finished the game with a double-double, tallying 15 points and pulling in 10 rebounds. He also have five blocked shots.
Meridian (21-6) will play the winner of the Oak Grove-Brandon game at 7:30 p.m. Friday.