It wasn’t pretty, but Jan Sojourner will take it.
Behind the fourth quarter performance of Emily McNair, Jackson Academy held off rival Jackson Prep 43-36 in the Raider Dome on Saturday night.
“Emily is capable of stepping up when she really wants to, but by no means was this her best shooting night,” said Sojourner, who is now four victories away from 800 career wins. “In a big rivalry game like this, both teams are going to play really hard and obviously it was going to be a battle.”
McNair, JA’s sophomore point guard, finished with a game-high 14 points. Seven of those came in the fourth quarter.
Conley Chinn added nine points, while Taylor Tucker chipped in seven points for the Lady Raiders (16-2), ranked No. 3 in Academy AAA.
“(They) were in our face basically all night,” Sojourner said. “I was pleased with the way the girls stepped up and found ways to win the ball game.”
Haley Litchliter led Jackson Prep with nine points. Beth Graeber added eight points for the Lady Patriots (10-8), ranked No. 4 in AAA.
PCS 64, Bay 41
Dandy Dozen selection Trista Magee had a game-high 27 points as the Lady Bobcats ran past the Lady Tigers. Madi Norton added 12 points for Presbyterian Christian (17-1), ranked No. 1 in Academy AAA. Jamaya Galloway led Bay with 19 points.
Leake Aca. 51, Winston Aca. 48
Anna Evans scored 17 points to lead the Lady Rebels over the Lady Patriots. Brandy Quick added 15 points for Leake Academy, ranked No. 1 in Academy AA. Katie McCool and Darby Nowell each had 19 points for fifth-ranked Winston Academy.
Lamar Chr. 36
Melissa Creese had a game-high 27 points as Veritas as ran all over Lamar Christian in the all Lady Lion matchup. Deja Bradford added 24 points for Veritas, ranked No. 1 in Academy A.
Lamar Chr. 62, Veritas 54
Caleb Bennett had 19 points to lead Lamar Christian over Veritas in the all-Lion matchup. Zach Johnson added 16 points for Lamar Christian.
PCS 62, Sumrall 59
Will McGillis scored a game-high 28 points as Presbyterian Christian edged Sumrall in the all-Bobcat matchup. Rook Welch added 14 points for PCS (9-8). Ryan McRaney led Sumrall with 27 points.
Callaway 72, Huntington Prep (W. Va.) 66
Reigning Mr. Basketball Malik Newman scored a game-high 35 points and added 14 rebounds to lead the Chargers over nationally ranked Huntington Prep.
— Brandon Shields, staff writer