Unable to protect a 12-point halftime lead, the Prairie View Lady Spartans lost a 55-50 decision to Oak Hill, Friday afternoon in the MAIS Class 2A North State semifinals.
Prairie View (26-6) led 17-11 at the end of the first quarter and 35-23 at halftime.
Leake shaved the deficit to one, 44-43, heading into the final eight minutes.
“They came out after halftime and hit a couple of 3s and the next thing I knew we were just one point ahead,” Prairie View coach Ed Bain said.
Oak Hill outscored the Lady Spartans 12-6 in the fourth quarter. Held without a field goal, the Lady Spartans made only 6-of-12 free throws in the final frame.
“We had six or seven turnovers in the fourth quarter and didn't give ourselves a chance to shoot the ball,” Bain said. “We played better today than we played yesterday (in a 43-39 win over Kirk), so it's hard to be too disappointed. Oak Hill's not bad.”
Shea Atkins led a trio of Lady Raiders in double digits with 18 points, Anna Ready chipped in 11 and Megan Ellis 10. Also contributing to the scoring were Rachel Herndon with eight, Sarah Deal with four, Cindy Holt with three and Lauren Billington with one.
Prairie View received 12 points from Kristen Oliphant, 11 from Dani Anderson, nine from Tori Simmons, seven from Jay Hicks, five from Erika Guerrero, four from Sarah Cammarasana and two from Kaylah Hobbs.
“Jay probably had her best game of the year, overall,” Bain said. “She was going to the boards strong and getting the passes out.”
Oak Hill advances to play tournament host and seven-time defending state champion Leake, a 56-23 winner over Indianola, in Friday's second semifinal, in an All-District 2-2A championship game on Saturday at 2:15 p.m. Prairie View and Indianola play for third place at 1 p.m. All four teams have secured bids to next week's State Tournament in Canton, Miss.
MAIS CLASS 2A NORTH STATE TOURNAMENT
At Leake Academy
Canton 34, River Oaks 33
Carroll 54, Central Hinds 36
Kirk 47, Winston 41
Oak Hill 57, Riverdale 14
Indianola 36, Canton 32
Leake 71, Carroll 32
Oak Hill 41, Marshall 37, OT
Prairie View 43, Kirk 39
Oak Hill 55, Prairie View 50
Leake 56, Indianola 23
Third place — Indianola vs. Prairie View, 1 p.m.
Championship — Leake vs. Oak Hill, 2:15 p.m.
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Kirk 56, River Oaks 37
Oak Hill 54, North Delta 38
Manchester 58, Prairie View 47
Leake 78, Riverdale 53
Canton 58, Kirk 47
Oak Hill 65, Central Hinds 26
Marshall 68, Manchester 32
Leake 60, Indianola 53
Marshall 62, Canton 32
Leake 57, Oak Hill 48
Third place — Canton vs. Oak Hill, 6 p.m.
Championship — Marshall vs. Leake, 7:15 p.m.