JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Shelby Stricklen and Christy Clark both scored 16 points, Morgan Pearson added 11 and New Site beat Walnut 56-44 in the Class 2A MHSAA state championship game.
The Lady Royals were making their third straight state title appearance, but had lost the previous two. This time there was little doubt New Site (30-4) would win its first state title.
The Lady Royals led 36-15 by halftime and pushed the lead to 49-27 by the end of the third quarter, forcing Walnut into 26 turnovers by using an effective full-court press for the majority of the game.
Walnut (26-9) was led by Becky Robinson's 12 points and 10 rebounds. Wynisha Adams added 10 points. The Lady Wildcats won the rebound margin 31-28.
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