Led by Carleigh Andrews and 6-foot-3 7th grader Kelsi Andrews, Holmes County cruises into Mississippi 5A girls basketball title game (photos)

JACKSON — Holmes County is one step away from its first state title since 2016.

The Lady Jaguars made quick work of Brookhaven in the 5A State Semifinal Tuesday afternoon at the Mississippi Coliseum, pulling away early in a 66-30 win.


“We’re excited – there’s no other way to describe our team right now,” Holmes County coach Luana Greer said. “We’ve worked very hard and we’re right on the cusp now. Just have to stay focused.”

Holmes County (15-5) will face Laurel in the title game at 3 p.m. Friday afternoon. Both teams looked good Tuesday — the Golden Tornadoes beat Neshoba Central 53-38 in the early game — but Holmes County looked invincible.

Carleigh Andrews led the way with 18 points for Holmes County, but it was her younger sister Kelsi who drew the highest praise from Greer after the game. The younger Andrews — who is a tall seventh-grader at 6-foot-3 — finished with 10 points and 12 rebounds.

“She has just been dominant,” Greer said. “And she was again in this game. She’s unbelievable for a seventh grader, and we’re lucky to have her.”

Shanbriah Rule added 14 points for Holmes County and DeKyra Mitchell chipped in 12 points.

The loss ended a fantastic playoff run for Brookhaven (9-6). The Lady Panthers beat Gautier, Natchez and Wayne County to get to Jackson, but ran into a buzzsaw against Holmes County.

Senior Ashanti Louis had 10 points to lead Brookhaven, but the Panther offense never really got anything going offensively and had no answer for the Andrews sisters.


(All photos by Keith Warren)

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