Only a few county schools are hosting high school competition today, but if you’re a fan of Ripley Powerlifting or Blue Mountain/Walnut Basketball, you’re in luck:
The Lady Tiger Invitational kicks off inside the Ripley Middle School Gym (Old RHS gym) around 2 p.m. Several girls’ powerlifting teams will be in competition. If you’ve never been to a powerlifting meet or if weightlifting is a hobby and you have some time, check it out. Athletes will compete against each other in the bench press, squat and deadlift.
Hickory Flat at Blue Mountain. Girls at 6 p.m. Boys at 7:30.
–The Lady Cougars (15-4, 6-0) hold the top spot in Region 3-1A. With a win over the Lady Rebels (18-7, 6-1), Blue Mountain will lock up the region tournament’s No. 1 seed for the second year in a row. The Lady Cougars have become the unquestioned Queens of 3-1A, having won 14 in a row dating back to last season. One of those wins includes a 49-26 road win over Hickory Flat on Dec. 9.
–The Cougars (11-8, 4-2) snapped a four-game losing streak with a pair of Region 3-1A wins over Ashland and Coldwater, last week. They can keep a firm hold on the No. 2 spot with a win over Hickory Flat (9-16, 2-5). In their first meeting, Blue Moutain won at Hickory Flat, 59-42.
Baldwyn at Walnut. Girls tip at 6 p.m. Boys at 7:30.
-The Lady Wildcats (12-7, 1-1 in Region 1-2A) are 4-1 over their last five games. The 2023 Tippah County Tournament champs host the Lady Bearcats (8-4, 0-1). The Lady Wildcats need a win to stay on pace for one of the top seeds in next week’s Region 1-2A Tournament.
–The Wildcats (6-13, 0-2) have a tall task on their hands with the Bearcats (15-3, 1-1). There is some separation between the two teams in overall records, but in region play, not so much. The Wildcats can move up the 3-1A food chain with a lot of games to play before the region tournament begins.