JACKSON, Mississippi — Zyaire Ewing scored a game-high 29 points and grabbed 16 rebounds as Natchez rallied past South Jones 54-51 to claim the MHSAA Class 5A girls state championship on Friday night.
The Lady Bulldogs (27-2) earned their second state championship in school history and first since 1993. Ewing scored the go-ahead basket on a layup with 53 seconds remaining to give Natchez a 52-51 lead it wouldn't relinquish.
Ewing made 10 of 20 shots from the field and 9 of 13 from the free-throw line. Rashonae Rice added 10 points for Natchez.
Shania Posey led South Jones with 15 points. Maia McCullum added 11 points for the Lady Braves (28-5), who were in the 5A state title game for a third straight year.