Red Panthers win third state championship in four yearsBy JOSH TROY / THE PRESS REGISTER,
OXFORD — For the third time in four years, the Coahoma County High School boys are the Class 2A state champions in basketball.
The Red Panthers (24-10, 9-1) defeated Potts Camp 56-36 in the championship at Ole Miss in Oxford Friday afternoon.
CCHS jumped out to a 21-4 lead with 2:27 remaining in the first quarter and finished thanks to five early 3-pointers.
Senior Bentavious Galmore led the team in scoring and was also the game’s MVP with 17 points, 4 assists and 2 steals. He connected on one 3-pointer and went 4 of 4 from the free throw line.
Sophomore Christopher Abby had 12 points on four 3-pointers in the first quarter, while senior Tarkevius Logan was also in double digits with 10 points.
CCHS coach Derrick Moore talked about his team's work ethic to win multiple championships.
“Devotion,” he said. “They don’t have a Christmas break. They don’t have a Thanksgiving break. They don’t have June. They don’t have a break. It’s work all the time. They stay committed.”
Calhoun City 67, Lady Panthers 57
The Lady Red Panthers (29-4, 10-0) came up just short in their championship game against Calhoun City with a 67-57 overtime loss at Ole Miss in Oxford Friday afternoon.
CCHS outscored Calhoun City 16-10 in the fourth quarter to send the game into overtime, but foul trouble proved costly down the stretch.
Senior Nakia Cheatham had 16 points, 1 assist, 1 block and 1 steal and also fouled out midway through the fourth quarter.
Sophomore Nyriah Artis also fouled out in overtime and finished with 4 points, 1 block and 3 steals.
Senior Calysia Phillips led the way with 22 points, 5 assists and 7 steals.
Senior Shakira Artis had 10 points, 3 assist and 1 steal.
See a complete recap of both championship games in Wednesday’s Press Register.