A trio of teams in the smaller classifications in the “Southern Six” will be playing for championships Friday night in their respective region basketball tournaments.
Both squads from St. Patrick High School will be battling for titles in the Region 8-3A Tournament taking place at West Marion High school, as both the Lady Irish and Fighting Irish will face Tylertown in the finals with the girls’ game scheduled for 7 p.m., and the boys’ contest to follow at 8:30.
The Lady Irish came into the event as the fourth seed and needed a pair of wins to reach the finals, which they did by beating on Perry Central 48-9 on Monday and then St. Patrick girls defeating West Marion 48-33 Tuesday to advance to the championship game.
The Fighting Irish knocked off host West Marion on Tuesday night 66-38 to move into Friday’s title tilt.
Manwhile, also in the Region 8-3A tourney, St. Stanislaus saw its season come to a grinding halt with a 49-36 loss to home-standing West Marion which pushed the Trojans into their semi-final match-up with St. Patrick Tuesday.
Elsewhere, in the Region 8-1A Tournament taking place at Enterprise-Lincoln High school, the Resurrection boys knocked off Salem 44-31 in Tuesday’s semi-finals to move into Friday’s championship game where the Eag;es will meet Richton at 7:30.
Regardless of Friday nights results in each tournament, all three of the local teams in the “Southern Six” will host games in the state tournament beginning next week.
Here are the schedules for both of those tournaments:
At West Marion
Tylertown 76, Perry Central 44
West Marion 49, St. Stanislaus 36
St. Patrick 66, West Marion 38
Tylertown 66, Jefferson Davis County 50
5:30 p.m. — Consolation Game: West Marion vs. Jefferson Davis County
8:30 p.m. — Championship Game: St. Patrick vs. Tylertown
St. Patrick 48, Perry Central 9
Tylertown 45, OLA 15
St. Patrick 48, West Marion 33
Jefferson Davis County 61, Tylertown 27
4 p.m. — Consolation Game: West Marion vs. Tylertown
7 p.m. — Championship Game: St. Patrick vs. Jefferson Davis County
Enterprise-Lincoln 53, Lumberton 48
Resurrection 44, Salem 31
Richton 71, Enterprise-Lincoln 56
7 p.m. — Consolation Game: Salem vs. Enterprise-Lincoln
7 p.m. — Championship Game: Resurrection vs. Richton
Lumberton 38, Enterprise-Lincoln 37
Salem 28, Richton 20
5:30 p.m. — Consolation Game: Enterprise-Lincoln vs. Richton
5:30 p.m. — Championship Game: Lumberton vs. Salem