By Rocky Higginbotham

Kemper County Messenger

Nanih Waiya’s basketball teams are in action this week in the Region 6-1A Tournament at Sebastopol, where the Warriors and Lady Warriors will try to earn a berth in the Class 1A state playoffs that start next week.

Both squads were to face off against Noxapater in a No. 4 vs. No. 5 seed matchup on Tuesday night. A loss Tuesday would end the season for either team.

A win by the Lady Warriors will push them into a semifinal matchup on Thursday afternoon at 4 p.m., against top-seeded Leake County. The girls’ tournament consolation is Friday at 4 p.m., with the girls’ championship at 7 p.m.

A win by the Warriors on Tuesday would also send them into a semifinal game, as Nanih Waiya would then face No. 1 seed West Lowndes on Thursday at 8:30 p.m. The boys’ tournament consolation game is Friday at 5:30 p.m., with the championship at 8:30.

The top four girls and boys teams will move on to play in the playoffs that begin Monday and Tuesday (Feb. 20-21).

Nanih Waiya’s girls entered this week with a record of 5-16 and the Warriors brought a 7-12 mark into this week after both teams were swept last week by Sebastopol and West Lowndes.

Against Sebastopol, the Lady Warriors lost a 54-52 heartbreaker, despite Hope Thames pouring in 28 points last Monday.

Last Thursday at West Lowndes, Thames scored 19 points as the Lady Warriors dropped a 49-30 decision.

The Warriors fell 62-43 after the host Panthers got 16 points from Devon Chandler and 14 from C.J. Smith. No other details were available before this week’s press time.