PLAYOFF PREVIEW: Blue Mountain Lady Cougars
Lady Cougars look to finish what they started
BLUE MOUNTAIN–The Blue Mountain Lady Cougars came within one game of reaching the Big House and competing for a Class 1A state championship in 2022. A year later, the Lady Cougars are again one of the favorites to represent the North in Jackson. Led by fourth-year head coach Regina Chills, Blue Mountain (19-5, 8-0) is currently ranked as the No. 3 Class 1A Mississippi girl’s team behind No. 1 Ingomar and No. 2 Biggersville, according to Maxpreps.com.
- The Lady Cougars won the girl’s Region 3-1A regular season title for the second year in a row. They’ve won 16 straight region games dating back to 2022.
- Blue Mountain finished the 2022-23 regular season at 19-5. Four of the five losses were state tournament favorites Ingomar (30-1), Class 4A Mooreville (24-3), Class 2A Belmont (21-5) and Class 4A Tishomingo County (25-2). Those teams have a combined record of 100-11.
- Besides a double-digit loss to Belmont, all of Blue Mountain’s losses have been by six points or less.
- Three starters return from a team that finished a school record 25-5 last season: Senior guard Latryana Foote, junior point guard A’rare Foote and junior guard Keyauna Foote.
“Every offensive play and every defensive stop has to be played with all heart and NO EXCUSES!” — Head coach Regina Chills on what her squad learned from their 2022 playoff run to take the next step this season.