WINONA -- The Winona Lady Tigers closed out their regular season with a 50-25 win over Coffeeville, improving to 7-10 on the season “They (Coffeeville) beat us in the first game of the season, so I was very pleased,” said WHS Head Coach Veronica Helms.
Tommesha Brown led the Lady Tigers with 16 points. Tori Weathersby had eight, and Mycala Helms and Natori Wethersby seven each.
“We had better spread out scoring,” Coach Helms said.
Prior to the Coffeeville game, Winona was defeated by Choctaw County 56-32. “We didn't play well. We looked tired,” Helms said.
Kedrianna Topp had eight points, Helms and Brown seven each.
Winona played Bruce in the opening round of the 4-2A tournament Tuesday at East Webster. The winner is assured of a spot in the MHSAA playoffs and plays East Webster in the semifinals at 7 p.m. Thursday.
Winona defeated Bruce 39-16 during the regular season, but lost to East Webster 53-19.
Winona entered the Region 4-2A tournament still winless but hopeful. “I feel like we have some momentum going into the tournament,” Coach Presley Coleman said.
The Tigers dropped their last two regular season games, 68-33 to Choctaw County and 78-54 to Coffeeville. They played Bruce in the opening round of the region tournament at East Webster Tuesday. The winner plays Leflore County in the semifinals at 8:30 Thursday.
“In the Choctaw County game, I feel like the score did not really show how hard we played,” Coleman said. “They (Choctaw County) are one of the top teams in their division.” Choctaw County finished second in its 3A region.
“We struggled to rebound,” Coleman said. “I feel like we did everything else pretty well, but rebounding killed us.” Taveras Townsend, the Tigers' only senior, had a team high seven points.
Townsend scored 27 points against Coffeeville on senior night. “It was good to see him have a good game in his final regular season game,” Coleman said.