Choctaw Central Lady Warriors' season comes to an end
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 12:00 AM
The Choctaw Central Lady Warriors saw their 2013-14 basketball season come to a surprising end Monday night as they lost a 49-44 decision to Morton in the first round of the South State Class 3A tournament.
Forest’s Nautick Moore drives through for shot while Choctaw Central’s Jonica Thomas (23) and Ranaisyia Polk (4) defend. This action took place Friday night in the Region 5-3A championship game which the Lady Warriors won 68-57.
The loss came just three nights after the Lady Warriors had won the Region 5-3A tournament which was held at Forest. The Lady Warriors finished with a 24-7 record.
"We picked a bad night to have a poor shooting game," Choctaw Central Coach Bill Smith said. "Morton was bigger than we were and controlled the inside."
Morton led 23-15 at the half. Kandace Lasiloo led the Lady Warriors with 21 points.
The Lady Warriors went undefeated in their region regular season schedule and earned a first round bye in the region tournament. They defeated Philadelphia 66-20 in the second round of the tournament and then defeated host Forest 56-48 in the championship game.
Melody Jimmie scored 21 points and Lasiloo added 15 in the Lady Warriors' win over Forest in the championship game. The Lady Warriors led 22-21 at the half. They would put in 28 points during the third quarter while limiting Forest to seven points as they put the game away.
The Choctaw Central boys were to open play in the South State tournament on Tuesday when they travel to Prentiss. If the Warriors win this game, they will host the remainder of the South State tournament.
The Warriors placed third in the Region 5-3A tournament. They opened with a 91-34 win over Raleigh.
In the second round, they dropped a 68-57 decision to Forest. Then in the consolation game, the Warriors defeated Southeast Lauderdale 72-56. Shechem Grant scored 33 points to lead the Warriors in their win over the Tigers.