Choctaw, Leake girls close out campaigns
Wednesday, March 6, 2013 12:00 AM
All good things have to come to an end, and that's how it turned out last week for the Choctaw Central Lady Warriors and Leake Academy Rebelettes.
Choctaw Central’s Renaysia Polk (left) battles Charleston’s Kymbrianna Curtis for the ball after Polk blocked her shot.
Both teams concluded outstanding basketball seasons on the top tier of their respective leagues. Choctaw Central dropped a 76-67 decision to Charleston in the first round of the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 3A girls tournament at the Coliseum in Jackson. Leake Academy fell 60-38 to Presbyterian Christian in the semi-finals of the Mississippi Independent Schools Association's Overall State Tournament which was played at Mississippi College.
Here's a recap of last week's play.
The Lady Warriors appeared to be in control of their first round game with Charleston in the first third quarter.
Leading 16-11 after the first quarter, Choctaw Central outscored Charleston 24-15 in the second period to lead 40-26 at the half.
Choctaw Central led 55-43 going into the final quarter. But then Charleston outscored the Lady Warriors 33-12 in the final eight minutes of play as they took the victory.
Kandace Lasiloo was the leading scorer with 28 points while Lashayla McMillan added 13.
The Lady Warriors finish the season with a 27-8 record.
Southeast Lauderdale eliminated defending champion Ripley 57-50. The Lady Tigers play Charleston for the state championship Friday at 1 p.m.
Leake Academy opened the Overall State Tournament with a 52-44 win over Madison-Ridgeland Academy.
The Rebelettes trailed 24-22 at the half. Leake Academy outscored MRA by two in the third quarter and the score was tied at 38-38 going into the final quarter. The Rebelettes then limited MRA to eight points in the fourth quarter while putting in 14.
Anna Nowell scored 12 while Hannah Moore added 10.
The Rebelettes then dropped a 60-38 decision to Presbyterian Christian in the semifinals.
The Rebelettes led 22-15 at the half. But then Presbyterian held them to one point in the third quarter while putting in nine. PCS pulled away in the final stanza. Newell and Mary Grace Key both scored 11 points.
The Rebelettes finished the season with a 40-2 record.