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Clinton played Starkville in an MHSAA Class 6A playoff basketball game Monday, February 24, 2014 in Clinton.
Clinton played Starkville in an MHSAA Class 6A playoff basketball game Monday, February 24, 2014 in Clinton. / Photo by Keith Warren

Clinton High’s Lady Arrows basketball team on Friday will host the North Class 6A tournament Friday and Saturday at the Clinton High gym.

The school gets that honor after the Lady Arrows on Monday defeated Starkville 76-52 in the opening round of the girls’ playoffs. A loss by Tupelo also sealed Clinton High’s hosting rights.

The Lady Arrows hope to repeat their 2006 championship, the last time they hosted the tourney and ended up winning the state championship.

No.1 ranked Horn Lake will meet Northwest Rankin at 6 p.m. CHS will meet Olive Branch at 7:30 p.m. The winner of those two games will meet for the North Grls 6A championship at 7 p.m. on Saturday. The top two teams will advance to the state championship tournament at the Mississippi Coliseum in Jackson.

“To have the opportunity to host North State is huge,” said nine-year Lady Arrow girls basketball coach Felicia Lofton Burton, who led the Lady Arrows to their last state championship in 2006. “It makes a huge difference playing at home instead of having a three-hour bus ride.”

“Olive Branch is a young and a scrappy team,” said Burton. “I haven’t seen them on tape yet, but we will be well prepared for them by Friday.”

In the big opening round win over Starkville, CHS had four girls in double figures. Alivia Hughes led the way with 22 points. Harper Newell added 15 points, and Olivia Jordan and Destiny Cyprian both scored 13.

“We just got off to a great start scoring 31 in the first quarter,” said Burton. “We’re going to have to be aggressive early on against Olive Branch and try to again get a big early lead.”

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