Leland girls rebound from first loss with win at Simmons

HOLLANDALE — Perhaps it’s a relief.

The undefeated streak and the best ever start to a Leland High School basketball season is over.

It ended at 19 games after the Lady Cubs lost 59-53 at Coahoma County High School Friday night.

Now, the Lady Cubs can begin to put all their focus on winning the state championship.

Leland head coach Patansy Miller-Hampton said herself and her players took Frida’s loss hard, but they did not dwell on it.

The Lady Cubs proved the point a day later when Leland moved its record to 20-1 with a 64-56 victory on the road over Simmons.

“We played well against Simmons who is a very good team,” Miller-Hampton said. “We did a lot of great things offensively and Shomaria (Overton) did a great job of leading the team.”

This season’s Lady Cubs team is led by a bunch of stars with Shomaria Overtion, last year’s Delta Preps player of the year, leading the way. Key players on the team also include Camariyah Butler, Imani Campbell, Keanna King and Corianna Wheatley.

Hampton-Miller said her players planned on getting back to practice on Monday despite the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

“We were never totally focused on the record,” Hampton-Miller said. “Now, we just have to get our focus back and get back to work. After Friday’s loss, we said, ‘Now, let’s get Simmons out of the way and move on.’”

Leland has five more home games left before the district tournament begins play on Feb. 12. The Lady Cubs’ next game is tonight at O’Bannon High School.

The Lady Blue Devils, who are led by seniors Tiara Willis and Jalelia Gadison, kept the game close then entire night against Leland. Simmons, which is now 14-7, outscored Leland by four points in the final period to keep the game close the entire way. Simmons hosts Ray Brooks High School on Tuesday.

Simmons boys 54, Leland 50

The Simmons boys basketball team improved its record to 11-9 with a four point home victory over Leland Friday.

Senior Jeff McClay led the Blue Devils with 21 points and made four three pointers in the game. Christian Anderson scored 12 points. Charlie Williams Jr. and Antavious Rounds each scored six points.