Area Basketball State Titles
Two area hoops teams came away with state championship trophies back in March. The Southeast Lauderdale girls steamrolled their way through the competition on their way to a 36-1 season their third state title this decade. Joe Miller's squad dominated Franklin County 78-52 in the championship game this year, with superstar seniors Lucy Ruffin and Martika Ivey leading the way.
The Newton Tigers didn't have any recent state championships to think about when they made their run to Jackson last winter. NHS brought home their first ever state crown in 2008, beating defending champion Scott Central by 8 to take the title. The Tiger's stellar season included a 26 game winning streak, which ended with Newton's state championship win.