Jr. Lady Pirates are conference, district champs

The Drew Central Junior Lady Pirates added the 8AAA district crown to their 8AAA regular season conference championship by winning the district tournament last week at Camden.

Drew Central defeated Lafayette County 43-34 to advance to the tournament’s championship game, then dispatched Parkers Chapel 34-29 to take home the title.

The Junior Lady Pirates finished the season with a 13-4 overall record.

“I’m proud of the way they have played and worked for me all year,” said head coach Michael Goad of his team’s season. “They are a great group of girls and a joy to coach. They came out and played our style of ball from the jump ball until the buzzer and finished their season with a championship. I can’t express how proud I am of their efforts.”

Drew Central outscored Lafayette County 16-8 in the second quarter to build a 22-13 halftime lead.

Jerica Binns scored 8 of her 11 points in the period.

Stephanie Ridgell paced the Jr. Lady Pirates in the third quarter, scoring 9 of her game high 16 points to hold the lead at 34-25 going into the final frame.

Lafayette County matched Drew Central basket for basket in the fourth quarter, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the deficit.

Binns led the Jr. Lady Pirates to the championship game victory over Parkers Chapel with 11 points, including two three-pointers in the fourth quarter.

The only other score Drew Central managed in the final period was an old fashioned three-point play converted by Courtney Gridine.

Those nine points in the fourth quarter proved crucial. It was the only quarter Parkers Chapel outscored Drew Central.

The Jr. Lady Pirates led at the end of each period.

Adruna Simpson scored nine points in the win. Gridine and Iesha Smith each had six.

<p>Members of the conference and district champion Junior Lady Pirates include, back row, from left: Coach Michael Goad, Dominique Thomas, Grace Borse, Kaysha Simpson, Aaliyah Block, Iesha Smith, Morgan Densmore and Coach Larry Harris; middle row, Misshally Simpson, Quanisha Davis, Avion Gardner and Courtney Gridine; and front row, Ola Kincaid, Cara McMahon, Baylee McManus, Jerica Binns, Adruna Simpson, Stephanie Ridgell and Tyler Simpson.</p>


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