Choctaw Central’s Jonica Thomas defends against Southeast Lauderdale’s Tia Larkin during a recent home game.
Choctaw Central’s Jonica Thomas defends against Southeast Lauderdale’s Tia Larkin during a recent home game.
The Choctaw Central Lady Warriors improved to 17-6 with a pair of victories of local rivals over the weekend.

Choctaw Central started with a 72-30 Region 5-3A victory over Philadelphia on Friday, and followed up Saturday with a 48-46 win over Neshoba Central.

The Choctaw Central boys split their games.

They defeated Philadelphia 61-48, and then lost to Neshoba Central 80-70.

The Warrior teams have three home games on tap this week as they make up for the weather-related postponement of one last week. They were to play Choctaw County on Tuesday, Forest on Thursday and Raleigh on Friday.

The Choctaw Central girls entered the week undefeated in region play.

"We have settled down and started playing better defense," Coach Bill Smith said. "This the part of the season where we really needed to be focused and the girls are playing well."

Choctaw Central jumped out to a 21-8 lead at the end of the first quarter. The Lady Warriors then outscored Philadelphia 21-15 in the second quarter to go up 33-23 at the half. The second half belonged to Choctaw Central as they outscored the Lady Tornadoes 39-8. Lashayla McMillan led Choctaw Central with 17 points while Shameka Farmer added 10 points.

The Lady Warriors led 9-7 after the first quarter against Neshoba Central and that proved to be the winning margin. Choctaw Central led 19-17 at the half. Both teams scored 29 points in the second half. Melody Jimmie led Choctaw Central with 19 points while Kandace Lasiloo added 10 points.

The Choctaw Central boys picked up a region win over Philadelphia. Leading 11-10 at the end of the first quarter, the Warriors outscored the Tornadoes 17-14 in the second quarter to go up 28-24 at the half. Choctaw Central would allow Philadelphia only 14 points in the second half while scoring 37. Shechem Grant led the Warriors with 13 points while Brandon Kennedy added 10.

Demarquis Wilson scored 28 points in the Warriors' loss to Neshoba Central. The Rockets led 19-11 at the end of the first quarter. The Warriors came back to outscore Neshoba Central 23-20 in the second quarter and the Rockets held a 39-34 halftime lead. Neshoba Central extended its lead to 66-47 heading into the final quarter.

Choctaw Central battled back but could not make up the difference.