Moss Point Lady Tigers Final Four Bound
Being in the same division as Auburn signee Sania Wells is a competitive disadvantage for any team and yet the Moss Point Lady Tigers won the region 8 class 4A district tournament anyway. Of the 48 MHSAA girls and boys basketball teams on the Gulf Coast, they’re the only one heading to the Final Four, doing so with just three seniors and a first year head coach.
Just 30 games into his varsity coaching career, Ethan Porter is leading Moss Point to the Big House. “We’re getting hot at the best time, the right time. I’d rather peak late than peak early so that’s what we’ve been doing.”
Aside from a pair of defeats to regular season district champion East Central, the Lady Tigers haven’t lost since November 16th which makes it all the more hard to fathom that a team that good could lose its first five games of the season. “We had a couple of knick-knack injuries early in the season. And then I still think maybe even me and the girls, we were still just trying to figure each other out. And it just, there was a part about the middle of the season where I could start seeing it click.”
Moss Point Guard Robyn Lee said, “It’s just we’ve been really clicking, working well together. I don’t know, I guess we just needed to take those losses early so we could get it together later on.”
Later on is where the Lady Tigers are right now. With a record of 18-1 when they hold opponents to 35 points or less and less than two weeks removed from winning their first district title in ten years. Moss Point Forward Brie Miller said, “Us winning the district championship, it just felt good knowing that we could do it. We hadn’t did it in a long time.”
“That’s what I try to tell them. Regardless of how this season ends we have accomplished a great deal already, and that was our number one goal since June, win a district championship. And it was really special when we did that and these girls know that we’re going to have that banner hung up by next year and that’s something that they’ll never forget.”
But this isn’t a season recap yet, with the Lady Tigers now just two wins away from bringing a gold ball back to Moss Point. “I wouldn’t say it was rough but it’s kind of tough because we know we only have like one chance and like if we lose it’s over.”
“We’re trying to make history. Nobody has ever won state out of all the banners. We just have one mindset and look at the ultimate goal is to win state.”
Moss Point will play the winner of tomorrow night’s game between Ripley and New Albany at 4 p.m. Monday from the Mississippi Coliseum in Jackson. The Lady Tigers are currently 23-7 overall.