OXFORD — The 63-year drought is over for Calhoun City.
With the help of Nashira Jennings and Makynzy Campbell the Lady Wildcats were able to hold off Coahoma County 67-57 in overtime to claim the MHSAA Girls Class 2A State Championship at The Pavilion at Ole Miss on Friday afternoon.
It is Calhoun City’s (30-3) third state title in school history and first since 1957.
“This team is all about family and they found a way to get it done,” said Calhoun City coach Rob Fox. “Nashira played big for us. I believe in her more than she believes in herself.”
Jennings would score a game-high 23 points, grab six rebounds and had four steals to lead Calhoun City and was named the game’s Most Valuable Player.
“I came out with back to back lay ups and when things got bad, I just kept telling my teammates to hold their heads up,” Jennings said. “In overtime coach preached like we do in practice which is we go non-stop effort for three minutes and I knew we had it in overtime.”
With 17 seconds left Coahoma County’s Tyana McClenton made one of two free throws to tie the game at 55.
On Calhoun City’s ensuing possession, the Lady Wildcats had two lay-ups roll around the rim and fall off.
Calhoun City would then outscore Coahoma County 12-2 in overtime to seal the win.
“We knew Coahoma County was going to have the size advantage and we had to attack the basket for us to have success,” Fox said. “We were able to do that with Damya and Quay Bailey and it got them in foul trouble.”
Makynzy Campbell would added 16 points for Calhoun City, while Damya Campbell chipped in 13 points for the Lady Wildcats.
“This championship means everything and it’s for the whole city,” Fox said.
Calysia Phillips had 22 points to lead Coahoma County, while Nakia Cheatum added 16 points for the Lady Red Panthers (29-4), who is now 0-4 in state title games.