Choctaws fall in semifinals match


JACKSON — The West Tallahatchie High School Choctaws came up short in Monday's playoff game against the Baldwyn High School Bearcats, losing 61-55 at the Mississippi Coliseum.

The loss came in the semifinals round of the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 1A Boys Basketball Championships.

Had the Choctaws won, they would have advanced to the program's second state title game, which will be played Thursday at Ole Miss.  The Chocs won their previous appearance in the finals in 2016, finishing with a perfect 34-0 record.

This year's Choctaws finish 17-10.  Baldwyn, now 18-12, advances to the finals to face 36-2 Ingomar, who beat Shaw 64-56 in the mid-afternoon semifinals contest on Monday.

After finishing the 2019-20 regular season with a 14-9 record, the Choctaws won three playoff games to maneuver into position for the semifinals.  The Choctaws smashed Sacred Heart 80-37 in Webb, topped Leake County 72-65 on the road and beat West Lowndes 49-40 in the quarterfinals last Thursday at Pearl River Community College.

IN THE PHOTO: West Tallahatchie head coach Corey Grayson calls to the offense in the semifinals of the MHSAA Class 1A Basketball Championships on Monday, March 2, 2020, at the Mississippi Coliseum in Jackson.  (Photo by Chris Todd)