Bay Springs coach Corey Mackey needed someone to step up.
And it was a freshman that came through.
Chad Jones would score 10 points in the fourth quarter as the Bulldogs held off Ingomar 56-51 to claim the MHSAA Boys Class 2A State Championship at the Mississippi Coliseum on Friday afternoon.
It is the Bulldogs (31-3) second state title in school history and first since 2015.
“I joked with his mom (Bay Springs girls coach Nedra Hosey) today that Chad needed to be ready for this game and she was terrified,” said Bay Springs coach Corey Mackey. “Chad had to do it for us and now I feel like a genius.”
With Ingomar up 34-29 late in the third quarter Jones would score Bay Springs’ next six points to tie the game at 35 at the end of the quarter.
In the fourth quarter Jones would hit a pair of free throws to tie the game at 39.
Kevin Grimes would then score Bay Springs’ next five points to give the Bulldogs a 44-39 lead. Grimes would then leave the game with a left ankle injury and would return.
Grimes had 20 points for the Bulldogs and was named the game’s Most Valuable Player.
“I just had to fight through it,” Grimes said. “I knew my team needed me and at the same time I knew I had my teammates to help me out. All of us played together as team and found a way to get the win.”
Jones would score eight of Bay Springs’ last 12 points to help the Bulldogs pull away from the Falcons.
Jones finished with a game-high 21 points to lead Bay Springs.
“When Grimes went down it was next man up with Jones having the hot hand,” Mackey said. “Playing in three state championship games and winning two is just grateful.”
Zach Shuggars and Nathan Weeden had 12 points each to lead Ingomar (34-5).