Madison Central seventh grader Megan Humphreys began the season hoping to play singles for the Jaguars. She ended the season Thursday at Bridges Tennis Center as the state 6A girls singles champion.
“I was just trying to get into the individuals. I didn’t expect to go all the way,” she said.
Humphreys rebounded from a subpar second set to upset Ocean Springs senior Sadey St. Amant, the top seed, 6-2, 1-6, 6-3. “I came out positive, hit more topspin and got more serves in,” she said of the final set.
Ocean Springs followed up its fourth consecutive team title Tuesday by winning three of the five individual championships, including senior Skylar Flowers, who closed out his high school career with a third consecutive boys singles title. Flowers beat Brighton Lowther of Madison Central 6-2, 6-3 in a battle of heavy forehands.
Flowers benefited from heavy rain in Central Mississippi two weeks ago that postponed the team finals and individual tournament, giving him time to recover from a shoulder injury and an ankle sprain.
Two weeks ago, he was having trouble running on the ankle and experiencing pain in the shoulder on his serve and forehand. But with the extra rest, he won 6-0, 6-0 in the team competition and the first three individual matches before beating Lowther in the final
Other 6A winners were Jack Wilson and Mason Vise of Ocean Springs in boys doubles, Ginger Dixon and Shelby Zachry of Madison Central in girls doubles and the Ocean Springs mixed doubles duo of Andrew Risley and Amanda Kilduff.
In a match that lasted two hours and 50 minutes, Walker Laseter of St. Stanislaus defeated top seed Joseph Schidler of Lewisburg for the boys singles title 6-4, 6-7, 6-4. Jordan Roberts of Shannon beat Shannon St. Clair of Newton County 6-1, 3-6, 6-2 in girls singles.