UPDATED: Friday Sport: Center Hill goal ends in controversy, possible appeal

Photo: Center Hill High School was packed with student fans for the school day game against North Panola on Friday afternoon. (Source: Center Hill High School on Twitter)

TO UPDATE: Center Hill High School released the following on Saturday regarding the outcome of Friday’s school boys basketball game against North Panola and the action taken against the game’s umpire:


At the moment, the final score of Friday’s school day basketball game between North Panola at Center Hill is: North Panola 71, Center Hill 70. But the win, which the Cougars thought they were going back to Sardis, could have been after an appeal over a manifest error referees disappear.

With six seconds left and the Cougars 68-67, a North Panola player made two free throws to give the visitors a three-point lead at 70-67.

The Mustangs followed with a three-point basket at the buzzer that appeared to tie the score at 70-70 and overtime was threatened.

But at that point North Panola’s scorer stepped up to say the score was incorrect, that the score should have been 69-67 Cougars before the two made free throws and the game was 71-67 with North Panola should be six seconds before the Center Hill three-pointer.

The scorebooks were reportedly never compared to decide the discrepancy, the umpires consulted among themselves and after their conference decided the result would be 71-70 North Panola, the competition was over and the officials left the gym.

What officials completely ignored, however, is a long-standing rule that says the home team’s scorebook is the official book for a basketball game if a discrepancy is discovered. Officials must contact the home team’s points office if a problem arises that cannot be resolved otherwise. The rule, Rule 2-11, in this case was not applied properly by the officials and deprived the Mustangs of a chance to win the game in overtime.

Center Hill is expected to watch the game tape and likely file an appeal with the Mississippi High School Activities Association to overturn North Panola’s “win” and declare the game a tie.

Lewisburg’s Noah Jorgenson drives to the basket while Keviarr Lang defends for Lake Cormorant. (Bob Bakken/desotocountynews.com)

Elsewhere in DeSoto County sporting action on Friday…

Friday 18 Nov

Ready boys basketball

  • Southaven 73, Senatobia 62
  • Lewisburg 70, Cormorant Lake 62
    • Lewisburg: Noah Jorgenson 16, Amarion Davis 14, Josiah Nelson 12
    • Cormorant Lake: Keviarr Lang 22. Dalen Anderson 19
  • 71 North Panola, 70 Center Hill
Lake Cormorant’s Isabella Conaway (2) drives past three Lewisburg players during Friday’s competition. (Bob Bakken/desotocountynews.com)

Prepare girls basketball

  • Southaven 52, Senatobia 31
  • Lewisburg 44, Cormorant Lake 37
    • Lewisburg: AllISon Irby 12, Allie Carroll 11
    • Cormorant Sea: Isabella Conaway 11
  • 68 Center Hill, North Panola 21
    • Center Hill: Dominique Collins 17, Madison Bush and Destiny Campbell, 11 each
    • Collins recorded 12 steals for Center Hill.

Preparing boys football

  • DeSoto Central at Jackson Prep

Prepare girls football

  • DeSoto Central versus Saltillo

JUCO women’s football

NJCAA National Tournament Semifinals – in Tucson, Arizona

  • Phoenix College, Arizona 2, Northwest CC 0

JUCO women’s basketball

  • National Park College 55, Northwest CC 42

SPORT ETC.: Grammy-nominated rock band Starship featuring Mickey Thomas were selected this week to receive the 2022 AutoZone Liberty Bowl Outstanding Achievement Award. The Starship, starring Mickey Thomas, will star at the President’s Gala and star in the halftime spectacle at the AutoZone Liberty Bowl on Wednesday, December 28th. The 64th Annual AutoZone Liberty Bowl game begins at 4:30 p.m.


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