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Coahoma County girls season ends with playoff loss to Walnut

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Coahoma County girls season ends with playoff loss to Walnut

By Josh Troy 

Clarksdale Advocate 

Nothing went Coahoma County High School’s way in the first round of the Class 2A MHSAA girls’ basketball playoffs, but coach Derrick Moore felt the team accomplished everything it set out to achieve in 2022-23. The Lady Red Panthers (16-13, 7-3) were eliminated with a 74-39 home loss against Walnut High School Monday night. The Lady Cardinals took a 25-6 lead at the end of the first quarter on six, 3-pointers, and Coahoma County could get back into the game. Senior Armoni Redmon connected on two, 3-pointers in the fourth quarter to finish with 8 points, but the Lady Red Panthers could not close the gap. Coahoma County opened the season 2-8, but came back to win the Region 3-2A District Tournament at Riverside High School and earn a home playoff game, and Moore was happy about those achievements.

“We accomplished what we set out to do,” he said. “Of course, you always want to go as far as you can, but truth be told, we didn’t have that type of team. We were lacking in too many areas, but we set out to accomplish what we wanted. I tell them if you put in the work, you can accomplish more. But this was pretty much the work we put into accomplishing. We got that done, so we can’t really hold our heads down.” “I’m proud of them,” Moore continued. “It’s nothing to be down about. We accomplished what we set out to do.”

Redmon, Zanedria Martin, who led Coahoma County with 11 points, and Calvayuna Johnson were the team’s three seniors. Twelve Coahoma County girls will be returning next season. While the team will bring back experience next season, Moore will make a stronger effort to advance further in the playoffs. “Regardless of the age, they’ve got to want to work,” he said. “The biggest thing is the girls just don’t want to play ball until it’s basketball season, and you can’t win games like that. “The kids are going to have to get in (the gym). The parents will have to stop allowing kids to make excuses not to come if they want to be good. If they don’t, we just continue to do the same thing, get the same results.” Moore said there is talent on the Lady Red Panthers’ roster. “We’ve got kids that can play some ball,” he said. “Again, we’re not in the gym enough to finetune what we need to finetune.” Tom Williams of The Panther News contributed to this report.

PHOTO CUTLINE: Senior Zanedria Martin led Coahoma County with 11 points in the playoff loss to Walnut on Monday. Tom Williams photo

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  • Audrey Henderson

    My Daughter Armoni Redmon had three 3s not two watch the tape she had 11 points Total not the others player my girl lead all score in the lost: Armoni Redmon go to You Tube on TDASHOOTA She record all game on You Tube