Choctaw Central hosts annual Christmas tournament Friday
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 12:00 AM
There will be plenty of basketball action this weekend at Choctaw Central as the Warrior teams host their annual Christmas tournament.
Joining Choctaw Central will be Neshoba Central, Leake Central and New Hope.
"There should be some pretty good games," Choctaw Central coach Bill Smith said. "We play Neshoba Central in the first round, and both New Hope and Leake Central are strong. New hope is undefeated."
The schedule is as follows:
Friday, Dec. 21
4 p.m. - New Hope girls vs. Leake Central
5:30 p.m. - New Hope boys vs. Leake Central
7 p.m. - Choctaw Central girls vs. Neshoba Central
8:30 p.m. - Choctaw Central boys vs. Neshoba Central.
On Saturday, the winners play the winners and the losers play the losers at the same times.
The Choctaw Central Lady Warriors entered the week with a 10-1 record after winning three games last week. Choctaw Central defeated Newton County 62-42; Neshoba Central 61-57; and, Louisville 66-46.
The Choctaw Central boys came into the week with a 6-5 record. The Warriors defeated Newton County 53-42; lost to Neshoba Central 79-74; and, defeated Louisville 80-66.
Before the Christmas tournament, the Warrior teams were to visit Philadelphia for a Region 5-3A game of the season.
Choctaw Central girls 62
Newton County 42
Trailing 16-12 after the first quarter, the Lady Warriors got to rolling.
Choctaw Central outscored the Lady Cougars 31-6 in the second quarter to go up 43-22 at the half. Newton County outscored Choctaw Central 20-19 in the second half but didn't challenge.
Maleah Issac led the Lady Warriors with 12 points and Lashayla McMillan added 10.
Choctaw Central girls 61
Neshoba Central 57
The Lady Warriors pulled away in the fourth quarter to claim the win.
Choctaw Central led 26-25 at the half. Both teams scored 16 points in the third quarter and the Lady Warriors led 42-41 going into the final quarter. Choctaw Central would put in 20 points in the fourth quarter while holding the Lady Rockets to 15 and that was the difference.
Issac finished with 17 point and Kristen Dixon scored 11.
Choctaw Central girls 66
Dixon scored 22 points to lead the Lady Warriors past Louisville.
Leading 18-6 after the first quarter, the Lady Warriors outscored Louisville 22-16 in the second quarter to lead 40-22 at the half. The second half was about even with the Lady Warriors never being seriously challenged.
Choctaw Central boys 53
Newton County 42
The Choctaw Central boys stayed ahead of the Cougars throughout this game.
Leading 12-11 after the first quarter, Choctaw Central outscored Newton County 17-13 in the second quarter to lead 29-24 at the half. Choctaw Central outpointed the Cougars 24-18 in the second half to take the win.
SheChem Grant led the Warriors with 12 points while Trey Lilly added 10 points.
Neshoba Central boys 79
Choctaw Central 74
Neshoba Central held off a fourth quarter charge to defeat the Warriors.
Leading 23-19 at the end of the first quarter, the Rockets outscored the Warriors 24-16 in the second period to go up 47-35 at the half. After an even third quarter, the Warriors outscored Neshoba Central 22-16 in the final quarter but it wasn't enough.
Trey Lilly scored 25 points while Demarcus Wilson added 17 points. Eric Billy and Dalton Clegg both scored 10 points.
Choctaw Central 80
Louisville 68 OT
Choctaw Central rebounded the next night with a win over Louisville in overtime
Choctaw Central jumped out to a 21-9 lead at the end of the first quarter. But the Wildcats came back to outpoint the Warriors 21-8 in the second quarter and led 30-29 at the half. The second half was a battle. Choctaw Central retook the lead in the third quarter and carried a 51-49 edge into the final stanza. But Louisville outscored the Warriors 15-13 in the fourth quarter to leave the game tied at 64-64 at the buzzer. In overtime, the Warriors outscored the Wildcats 16-4 as they took the win.
Lilly scored 25 points to lead the Warriors. Grant added 19 and Clegg scored 16.