Meridian Star

March 12, 2014

Meridian girls have sights set on state

By Drew Kerekes \ The Meridian Star
The Meridian Star

— MERIDIAN — Meridian High School girls basketball coach Patricia Wilson said she’s hoping more than a week of rest will do her team some good.

The Lady Wildcats will face Horn Lake High School at 6:30 p.m. today at the Mississippi Colosseum in the first round of the MHSAA Class 6A state tournament. Meridian last played March 1 against Harrison Central High School in a loss in the South State title game. The break has given her players an opportunity to develop more chemistry, Wilson said.

“We just left the bowling alley in Brandon,” Wilson said. “We had an opportunity to spend a lot of time together as a team.”

With Meridian on spring break this week, Wilson and the team traveled to the colosseum Monday and Tuesday to get a feel of what it will be like playing there tonight.

“We hope that gives us an edge,” she explained. “We’ve been working on correcting mistakes we’ve had in the first two months after Christmas, as well as working on different strategies, such as stopping penetration and contesting shots.”

The last time Meridian played for a state title was three years ago, when many of Wilson’s senior class were freshmen.

“(Kayla) Gordon played as a freshman, and (Miracle) Dubose played some when she came over from softball,” Wilson recalled. “The thing is, we’ve been trying to get back her for two years. We had some injuries their sophomore years when we thought we had a shot, and we came up a little short last year when Forest Hill put us out. That’s been our drive all season, to get back — and not just get here, but hopefully win.”

In the Lady Eagles, Meridian will face a formidable opponent that has been ranked No. 1 in Class 6A by The Clarion-Ledger all season, Wilson said.

“They had two kids transfer from Southaven that played for the championship last year, and they also return kids that went to the colosseum last year,” she said. “Offensively, it’ll be a good matchup. They have some aggressive guards, and they have a big kid inside, so they’re a well-rounded team.”