MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) Meridian was down 41-8 at halftime.
After scoring off four free throws and two 2-point baskets in the first half, the Wildcats chances of advancing on to the quarterfinals did not look good.
But a completely different Meridian team emerged in the second half, looking to cat fight their way back into the game.
With newfound energy, the Wildcats trailed 46-8 in the third period before going on a 15-0 scoring run thanks to some made 3s from Damarcus Powe, Makeem Roberts and Jarvis Campbell. Trailing by 22 points after the scoring run, things started looking up.
Meridian entered the final period trailing 51-32. The Admirals would snag the first basket of the period before the Wildcats went on a 7-0 scoring run to come within 14.
With 1:08 left in the contest, Meridian trailed by 11 following Azerious Ellis two made free throws. After Ellis’ two free throws, the Wildcats would not score again. Gulfport would dribble out the clock before celebrating their 68-54 win while Meridian watched their postseason run come to a close.
While Gulfport dominated the first half, Meridian outscored the Admirals 46-27 in the second half. But the Wildcats first half deficit would prove to be too much as Meridian ends the season with a 23-6 record.
The Lady Cats are still alive in the playoffs, facing Brandon at 5:30 pm on Sat. at Mississippi Valley State University.