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High School Hoops Insider, Feb. 2

Feb. 2—GAME TO WATCH

Booneville at Belmont girls

(6 p.m. today)

—Breakdown: This is not only a top-5 battle, it's for the Region 1-3A title. No. 2 Booneville (18-1, 3-0) is the two-time defending state champ, while No. 4 Belmont (18-4, 3-0) is back in 3A after two years in 2A.

—Leaders — Booneville: F Sanyiah Cook 1k7.7 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 3.2 bpg. ... G Kaylee Johnson 11.1 ppg, 2.5 apg, 2.5 spg. ... G Ava Kate Smith 7.5 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 4.5 apg. Belmont: G Carlie Brock 12.4 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 4.4 apg, 3.7 spg. ... G Hailey Ivey 9.6 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 2.7 spg. ... G Kat Reno 6.0 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 2.1 spg.

—Coach Speak: "Booneville is a really good team who is well-balanced offensively, and they defend really well." — Belmont's Chris Higginbottom

WHAT ELSE TO WATCH

The No. 3 Starkville girls (22-3, 8-1) can wrap up the Region 2-7A title tonight with a win at No. 7 Tupelo (14-9, 7-2). Starkville beat the Golden Wave 73-70 last week.

Brad Locke

brad.locke@journalinc.com