Hodum scored the game-winning layup with 13 seconds left in overtime to lift Belmont to a 66-65 win over Kossuth in the 3A girls state championship.
Hodum received 29.72% of the vote, beating out Laurel’s Mackenzie Thomas, who finished with 26.32%. Kossuth’s Zoe Essary finished third with 11.03% and Ingomar’s Macie Phifer was fourth with 8.44%.
Here are the other athletes who were nominated for March 1-7:
Rhema Pegues, Olive Branch: Pegues stepped up when Olive Branch needed her. The 5-foot-8 junior finished with 28 points and nine rebounds, despite picking up her fourth foul with 4:30 to go in the third quarter, to lead Olive Branch to a 66-62 win over Germanton in the 6A state championship.
Macie Walker, Belmont: Walker topped off a remarkable season with a game-high 29 points to lead Belmont to a 66-65 win over Kossuth in the 3A girls state championship.
Hannah Campbell, New Site: Campbell scored 19 points and earned MVP honors as the Lady Royals outlasted Calhoun City 55-50 to capture the program’s second state championship and first since 2012.
Katie Beth Hall, Ingomar: Hall scored 16 points – including four 3-pointers – help Ingomar to a 55-51 win over West Lowndes in the 1A state title game.
Mackenzie Thomas, Laurel: Thomas scored nine points and was named the game’s MVP as she led Laurel to a 39-36 win over Holmes County Central in the 5A state title game – their first state title in girls basketball in school history.
Madison Booker, Germantown: The Lady Mavericks’ superstar sophomore poured in 25 points to go with 16 rebounds and dished out eight assists to help Germantown beat Harrison Central 65-32 in the 6A semifinals.
Tydajasha Hood, West Lowndes: Hood scored 22 points in West Lowndes’ loss to Ingomar in the 1A state title game.
Zoe Essary, Kossuth: Essary led Kossuth with 20 points and 11 rebounds in their 66-65 loss to Belmont in the 3A girls state championship.
Quay Bailey, Calhoun City: Bailey had 14 points and 13 rebounds in Calhoun City’s 55-50 loss to New Site in the 2A state championship.
Ivy Loden, New Site: With the Lady Royals hanging on to a 53-50 lead late in the 2A state championship game, the 5-foot-4 Loden got a huge offensive rebound off a missed free throw, got fouled and buried her two free throws to put the game out of reach. Loden finished with 15 points.
Macie Phifer, Ingomar: The sensational 14-year-old scored 29 points and pulled down 13 rebounds to help Ingomar capture its fourth MHSAA 1A State Championship in six years with a 55-51 win over West Lowndes.
Addison Howell, Olive Branch: Howell poured in 22 points in Olive Branch’s 73-53 win over Meridian in the 6A state semifinals.
Meloney Thames, Choctaw Central: The senior scored 30 points for Choctaw Central in their game against Pass Christian on Monday.