West Tally boys in semifinals on Monday


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.

The game will be live-streamed online for anyone who is unable to attend in person. Visit https://www.nfhsnetwork.com/events/mhsaa-ms/gambfcf1da8d2#  for details about the paid subscription offer.

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.