In the first round of the Division 5-4A tournament at Laurel, West Lauderdale got 24 points from KD Edmonds in downing rival Newton County 60-50 and advancing to Thursday's semifinal.
JD Williams added 12 for the Knights (17-9), and Vince Watkins scored 10 as West clinched its berth in the state playoffs.
West now plays Quitman at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.
— Jamie Wachter
Northeast Lauderdale 38
West Lauderdale girls 36
Shaqunta McDonald scored 10 points to lead the Trojans past their rival Tuesday in the first round of Division 5-4A tournament at Laurel.
Northeast advances to play top-seeded Quitman at 4 p.m. on Thursday in the tournament semifinal round. The Trojans also clinched a berth in the state tournament.
West, which ended its season, was led by Keke Martin's 10 points.
— Jamie Wachter
JUNIOR COLLEGE SPORTS
Wet weather forcea reworking of EMCC baseball, softball schedules
SCOOBA — This week's continuing wet weather conditions throughout the state have caused East Mississippi Community College's baseball and softball teams to rework their schedules for the current week.
Because of the recent rain, the EMCC softball team's scheduled Tuesday home season opener against Copiah-Lincoln Community College has been postponed until March 21.
Coach Kyndall White's softball team, 2-0 on the year after sweeping Hinds last Friday in Raymond, will now look to this Friday afternoon to open their 2013 home softball slate with a scheduled 3 p.m. doubleheader against Pearl River Community College at the EMCC Softball Field.
Rain has also played havoc with EMCC's baseball schedule from the outset of the season. Most recently, Wednesday's scheduled doubleheader versus Jones County Junior College, originally slated to be played in Scooba and later relocated to JCJC's Community Bank Park, has now been moved to Thursday with a 2 p.m. doubleheader set to be played at Smith-Wills Stadium in Jackson.
Due to a wet month of January, the Lions were forced to play their first two baseball doubleheaders (Bishop State CC and Meridian CC) away from home because of the delay in the completion of the outfield fence reconfiguration project at EMCC's Gerald Poole Field. The Lions also had this past Sunday's scheduled road doubleheader against Bishop State in Mobile canceled due to rain.
Coach Chris Rose's EMCC Lions, 4-2 on the season after splitting a twin bill at Wallace Community College Selma this past Saturday, now look to open their home baseball slate on Tuesday, Feb. 19 with a 1 p.m. doubleheader versus Copiah-Lincoln Community College on the Scooba campus.
— from school reports