West Tally boys in semifinals on MondayBy CLAY MCFERRIN,
The West Tallahatchie High School Choctaws are semifinalists in the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 1A Boys Basketball Championships.
The 17-9 varsity Choctaws are scheduled to face the 17-12 Baldwyn Bearcats in a noon tipoff Monday at the Mississippi Coliseum in Jackson.
A win would catapult the green and white machine into a state championship game for only the second time in school history. In 2016, West Tally won a Class 2A state championship on the strength of a 34-0 record. West Tallahatchie has since dropped from Class 2A to Class 1A.
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Also facing off Monday in Jackson with a championship berth on the line are the 34-2 Ingomar Falcons and the 23-9 Shaw Hawks.
The Class 1A state title match will be played Thursday, March 5, at 3 p.m., at The Pavilion on the Ole Miss campus in Oxford.
West Tally beat West Lowndes 49-40 Thursday night while Baldwyn topped Pine Grove 70-45. Ingomar advanced by defeating Coffeeville 69-61 and Shaw moved forward with a 43-27 win over Brooks.
Monday's game will mark the Chocs’ first state semifinals appearance since 2017, when they lost a heartbreaker on a last-second shot.
Corey Grayson is in his third year as West Tallahatchie boys’ head coach.