With the 4A Girls North State Basketball Tournament set to start Tuesday at Magnolia Heights School in Senatobia, the Bayou Academy Lady Colts are playing some great basketball.
Tuesday night, Bayou defeated the Lee Academy Fillies in a non-district game 71-42 to stretch its winning streak to eight games and improve to 21-7 overall. Lee fell to 19-7. The Lady Colts outscored the Fillies 23-6 in the first quarter and 19-4 in the last quarter.
Bayou head coach Wesley Aldridge was pleased with the way the Lady Colts played in the contest.
“Lee has a good team, and I thought our girls played really well especially defensively in the second half,” Aldridge said. “It was a good win.”
In Tuesday’s game against Lee, Bayou got a strong performance from senior Madison Jenkins who scored 18 points. Jenkins was one of seven Bayou players that scored at least seven points. Seniors Gracie Crowe and Reilly Kate Lack scored nine points each, senior Sydney Davis and freshman Katy Clark scored eight points each and senior Mary Scott Lofton and junior Mary Ansley Chrestman scored seven points each to aid Bayou.
The Lady Colts will be a No. 2 seed from District 1 heading into North State as they went 5-1 in district play.
Aldridge was excited about the depth on the team and how well everyone has played heading into the North State Tournament.
“I’ve been extremely proud of all the girls,” Aldridge said. “They’ve really bought into a new coach, a new system and a new style. The best thing about our girls is athletic as they are they’re more competitive. They hate to lose more than they love to win and that’s always a recipe for a real good group. Our girls can make a run at it I think if we’re clicking on all cylinders.
“We’re starting to score a lot better. Defensively, we’ve still got some things to fix, but we’re almost there were we need to be. Offensively, we’re picking it up. We’ve really got some good shooters to go along with MJ (Madison Jenkins) and Sydney down low. They are two of the best post players I’ve seen this year, and they open up a lot for our guard play.
“Mary Scott does a great job at the point guard (position). Gracie and Reilly Kate have done a lot of work this summer shooting the ball, and it’s really starting to pay off. Mary Ansley is a stopper. She runs the floor well, and Katy Clark is a six-foot post guard that can do anything we ask her to do.”
The last regular season game for the Lady Colts will take place Friday when they take on Delta Academy in Cleveland.