February 22, 2009
HOUSTON -- Jameika Hoskins put up big numbers in the Aberdeen Lady Bulldogs'' last two wins, scoring 34 against Ripley on Thursday and 32 against Alcorn Central on Friday.
She hoped to continue to have the hot hand for Aberdeen against Houston on Saturday in the Class 3A North State championship game at Houston High School gymnasium.
But the Lady Hilltoppers put up a big roadblock.
Tiffany Pierce dominated underneath for Houston and limited Hoskins to only nine points.
Houston defeated Aberdeen 49-46 to advance as the North''s No. 1 seed in the state tournament at Mississippi Coliseum in Jackson.
With the score tied 42-42 with 1 minute, 18 seconds remaining in the game, Aberdeen''s Deyana McGee made a 3-pointer from 25 feet to give the Lady Bulldogs a 45-42 lead.
Houston matched with a basket by Chancedy Pulliam to give the Lady Hilltoppers a 47-46 lead with only 46.6 seconds remaining.
Aberdeen''s McGee muscled in underneath for offensive rebound and put it back up in an effort to regain the lead with 22.6 seconds left in the game.
The shot rolled around the rim, but failed to drop in.
Aberdeen then fouled Houston.
Pulliam shot one free throw to give Houston a 48-46 lead.
Aberdeen again fouled Houston.
With 8.0 seconds left Pulliam again made one free throw to end scoring for the game.
Aberdeen had one last shot but it came up short.
McGee and Sally Davis scored seven points for Aberdeen. Michelle Stewart added 6 points.
"My guard (Hoskins) goes to the basket and gets a traveling violation," Aberdeen coach Cloyd Garth said. "But when we go back and review, we missed maybe 4 out of 6 free throws and Hoskins, out of all people, missed a breakaway layup. I''ve emphasized all year free throws and layups. They''re so important to winning our games."
The Lady Bulldogs led 29-25 at halftime.
As the third quarter began they settled into the fast-pace which they are accustomed.
The Lady Bulldogs dominated Houston for the next eight minutes.
Aberdeen lead 35-30 at the end of the third quarter.
The momentum seemed to favor the Lady Bulldogs.
But late in the game the Lady Hilltoppers took advantage of Aberdeen turnovers and missed free throws to surge and overtake the shocked Lady Bulldogs.
Tynita Baker scored 17 points for Houston. Kennyatah Wofford added nine points and Timmany Pierce scored seven points and grabbed seven rebounds for the Lady Hilltoppers. Kat Payne added seven rebounds.
"We''ve only had one championship and that was back in 1985 in cross country," Houston coach Dana Buchanan said. "This is a big day for our program. This was a school confidence builder. Anytime any of our teams win it helps everybody else."
The Lady Bulldogs'' will travel to Jackson for the first round Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.
Houston advances as the top seed in the North to play March 3.
Chancedy Pulliam commented at 3/16/2009 2:28:00 PM:
we played hard that game and we realy wanted to win....Aberdeen is a huge game for us and i felt we all did our parts. I feel i played a great deffensive game but then again against a great player like Jamieka Hoskins you must wonder what runs through my mind before a game.
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scarlisle commented at 9/14/2010 8:36:00 PM:
Just curious where Jameika ended up going to college. I imagine she was pretty-highly recruited. Her season will be starting in a few months already.
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