Margie Riley McVay
The East Marion Eagles have played some really good teams to begin the season, by design, to prepare them for postseason play and squared off against a talented Laurel squad last week before their Friday showdown with Picayune was snowed out.
Because of the six inches of snow that befell Marion County Friday, the Columbia Academy Cougars didn’t get to play either of their scheduled games last weekend against Parklane Academy and East Rankin Academy but did get a good test earlier in the week.
Coming off of a heartbreaking 51-50 loss on their home court to East Marion, the Columbia Wildcats rebounded with a decisive win over Northeast Jones last week before their matchup with South Pike was cancelled due to the snow Friday.
Following the resignation of James Harvey as the head coach of Columbia High School football, Superintendent Jason Harris immediately began searching for not only the next candidate to fill those big shoes but the best one.
After losing three of their first four games, including a 37-36 heartbreaker to South Pike before a 17-day break, the Columbia Lady Wildcats bounced back with two crucial wins over the past week.
The East Marion Lady Eagles, meanwhile, dropped back-to-back games after a 3-1 start.
After a long layoff for the Thanksgiving holidays, the Columbia Academy Lady Cougars returned to the court last week, playing three games in six days.
Last Thursday the Lady Cougars steamrolled Pontchartrain Christian 56-12 behind Macey Jones’ game-high 16 points.
After playing a few tough schools to begin the season, Columbia Academy got the chance to work out the kinks and begin to define roles on the team with a pair of easy wins over Pontchartrain Christian and Centreville Academy.
With only two players on the Trojans’ roster playing just basketball, West Marion is still trying to come together as a team on the hardwood.
That much was evident last Tuesday as the Trojans fell 81-41 on the road to their crosstown rival East Marion.