Lady Warriors fall in South State opener

By Austin Bishop Winston County Journal Sometimes the ball just won’t go into the hoop. That’s what the Lady Warriors of Nanih Waiya faced on Monday night, as they dropped a 43-26 road loss to Stringer in the MHSAA Class 1A South State Tournament play-in round. Nanih Waiya, which finished the year at 17-9, held a 14-12 lead at the half, but fell behind in the second half and then saw Stringer make its free throws down the stretch to take the win. Attia Smith led NW with 12 points in the game, while Jwanaque Triplett scored nine. Nanih Waiya went into last week’s Region 5-1A Tournament as the No. 1 seed, but lost a 47-45 decision to upstart French Camp in the semifinals. The Lady Warriors then bounced back to take a convincing 65-35 win over West Lowndes in the consolation game to finish third in the tournament. Brooke Richardson led NW with 16 points against FCA, while Smith had 12 and Triplett scored nine. Richardson again led the way against West Lowndes, tossing in 17 points, while Kara Lane Nowell scored 13, Smith 12, and Leslie Estes 10. SPRING SPORTS Look for previews on the baseball team and the fast-pitch softball team in next week’s edition of the Winston County Journal. The two-time MHSAA Class 1A State Champion Warrior baseball team is set to open the season this weekend in the Noxapater Classic. NW faces Ackerman at 4 p.m. on Friday, then takes on Scott Central at 11 a.m. on Saturday. The Lady Warriors travel to Louisville Saturday to begin the fast- pitch season. Nanih Waiya is set to face Louisville at 11 a.m. and Noxapater at 1:30 p.m. NW then travels to East Webster on Monday before hosting West Lauderdale on Tuesday.