Choctaw Central's Kristen Dixon (00) looks for her next move against Wayne County Saturday in the Choctaw Classic.
Choctaw Central's Kristen Dixon (00) looks for her next move against Wayne County Saturday in the Choctaw Classic.
Saturday will be a long day of prep basketball at Neshoba Central High School as eight games will be played in the annual Clash of Titans.

"They held the Clash of Titans for years at Neshoba Central and then it stopped," Neshoba Central boys coach Jerry Byrd said. "We brought it back last, and this year we tried to put together some good matches."

The schedule is as follows:

Clash of Champions

Saturday at Neshoba Central

10 a.m. - Kemper County girls vs. West Lowndes

11:30 a.m. - Kemper County boys vs. West Lowndes

1 p.m. - Tupelo girls vs. Gulfport

2:30 p.m. - Tupelo boys vs. Gulfport

4 p.m. - Choctaw Central girls vs. Jackson Academy

5:30 p.m. - Choctaw Central boys vs. Jackson Academy

7 p.m. - Neshoba Central girls vs. Newton High girls

8:30 p.m. - Neshoba Central boys vs. NE Lauderdale.

"We have some good games and we are hoping people will turn out for some of the games," Byrd said.

Both Rocket teams got their season under way Saturday as they split a pair of games at Ridgeland High School.

The Neshoba Central boys dropped an 81-51 decision to Ridgeland High School. Gary Willis led the Rockets with 17 points while Grant Willis scored 12 and William McMillian and Chontray Walker both scored 10 points.

The Neshoba Central girls took a 54-51 win over Ridgeland. Breonna Foster scored 23 points to lead the Lady Rockets while Contessa Peebles added 10 points.

Neshoba Central was to visit West Lauderdale Tuesday and Union on Thursday.

Choctaw Central

The Choctaw Central Lady Warriors opened their 2012-2013 basketball campaign with a 41-28 victory over Wayne County in the annual Choctaw Invitational.

Wayne County's Kelentra Gowdy scored 14 of the Lady War Eagles' first 16 points and Wayne County led 16-12 at the end of the first quarter. But new head coach Billy Smith made some adjustments at the break to slow that down. Choctaw Central went on to lead 24-21 at the half. It was a high scoring game for either team in the second half but the Lady Warriors held Wayne County to seven points in the final two quarter while scoring 17.

Kristen Dixon led Choctaw Central with nine points.

"We adjusted our zone against Gowdy," Smith said. "We were a little rough in spots but we'll fix that by playing."

Other scores in the Choctaw Invitational were as follows:

Morton 49, Choctaw Central boys 39

Newton girls 49, Newton County 28

Southeast Lauderdale girls 68, Leake Central 54

Forest girls 40, Quitman 39

Scott Central girls 50, Columbus 45

Choctaw Central will host Newton County on Friday.


The Philadelphia boys dropped a 52-38 decision to St. Andrews Saturday.

The Tornadoes trailed 23-18 at the half. But then St. Andrews outscored them 20-11 during the third quarter and pulled away.

Tinsley Greer led the Tornadoes with 12 points while Sherman Bufkin added 10.

"I was disappointed," Philadelphia coach Jason Broom said. "We didn't play nearly as well as we have been practicing. At some points, it was like we were overwhelmed. This is a chance to start for some of these guys and they did not take advantage of it."

Attempts to get the Philadelphia girls to score were unsuccessful.

Philadelphia will host Clarkdale on Tuesday and visit Leake Central on Thursday.

Leake Academy

The Leake Academy Rebelettes now stand at 2-0 following their win 70-24 win over Benton Academy last Thursday.

The Rebelettes led 51-13 at the half. Chloe Thaggard led Leake Academy with 15 points while Hannah Peoples added 14 points.

Leake Academy's game with Kemper Academy was cancelled. Leake Academy will host Mt. Salus on Thursday and Sylva-Bay on Saturday.