Lady Rockets basketball blast off to 3-1 prep start
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 12:30 AM
The Neshoba Central Lady Rockets are off to a 3-1 start on the young 2012-2013 prep basketball season.
The Lady Rockets went 2-1 last week. They picked up victories over West Lauderdale 62-44 and a 51-29 decision over Union. On Saturday during the Clash of Titans, Neshoba Central dropped a 39-36 overtime decision to Newton High School.
"I'm pleased with the way we are playing defense," Neshoba Central coach Fred Morris said. "But we have a long way to go on offense. Our key players are going to have to step up on offense."
During the Lady Rockets' game with Union, point guard Hannah Williams ran into the gym wall and suffered a concussion. Morris said she probably won't be able to play again until sometime in December.
"That will be up to the doctors," Morris said.
Leading 40-37 at the end of the first quarter, the Lady Rockets outscored West Lauderdale 22-7 in the final eight minutes to claim the win. T'keya Backstrom led Neshoba Central with 14 points while Breona Foster and Williams both scored 12 points.
Neshoba Central led Union 30-19 at the half and held on for the win. Foster scored 12 points and Katlyn Duke added 11. Kia Rogers led Union with 12 points.
The Lady Rockets' game with Newton was a back-and-forth battle that ended tied at 35-35 after four quarter. The lead changed four times in the final quarter before the Lady Tigers tied it up with 25 seconds remaining in regulation. Newton would outscore Neshoba Central 4-1 in regulation.
Foster led the Lady Rockets with 11 points and Backstrom added 10.
The Neshoba Central boys went 1-2 last week. The Rockets lost 64-61 to West Lauderdale and defeated Union 66-47. On Saturday during the Clash of Titans, the Rockets dropped a 47-41 decision to Northeast Lauderdale.
The Rockets led the Trojans 33-28 going into the final quarter. But Northeast Lauderdale rallied to take the victory. Gary Willis led the Rockets with 12 points and William McMillian added 11.
Other scores in the Clash of Titans tournament were as follows: West Lauderdale girls 59, Kemper County 54; West Lauderdale boys 52, Kemper County 34; Gulfport girls 66, Tupelo 52; Gulfport boys 50, Tupelo 37; and Choctaw Central boys 47, Starkville Academy 33. Both Choctaw Central teams were supposed to play Jackson Academy. But Jackson Academy backed out, citing a scheduling conflict.
Neshoba Central will again be a busy place for basketball this week as the Rockets host their invitational tournament.
Six games will be played. The schedule is as follows:
12:30 p.m. - Philadelphia girls vs. Noxubee County;
2 p.m. - Philadelphia boys vs. Noxubee County;
3:30 p.m. - Kosciusko girls vs. Noxapater;
5 p.m. - Kosciusko boys vs. Noxapater;
6:30 p.m. - Neshoba Central girls vs. Union;
8 p.m. - Neshoba Central boys vs. Union.
Both Philadelphia teams split their two games last week.
The Lady Tornadoes rolled over Clarkdale 62-49, and then dropped a 73-47 decision to Leake Central.
The Philadelphia boys defeated Clarkdale 73-47 and then lost 54-44 to Leake Central.
The Tornadoes led 41-23 at the half against Clarkdale. Sherman Bufkin scored 14 points to lead the Tornadoes while Kingsley Greer added 12.
The Philadelphia girls' game with Clarkdale was close until the final quarter. The Lady Tornadoes had a 20-9 scoring edge in the final period to claim the victory. Latesha Carter scored 19 points to lead Philadelphia while Tatyana Fox added 10.
Philadelphia visits Union on Tuesday and then plays Noxubee County in the Neshoba Central tournament on Saturday.
The Choctaw Central boys improved their record to 2-1 win two wins last week.
The Warriors defeated Newton County 66-65 and then took a 46-33 win over Starkville Academy in the Clash of Titans.
DeMarcus Wilson scored 22 points to lead the Warriors past Newton County while Dalton Clegg and Trey Lilly added 13 points each. Against Starkville Academy, Lilly was the leading scorer with 10 points.
The Choctaw Central girls defeated Newton County 56-8 in the Lady Warriors' only game of the week.
The Warriors now stand at 2-1 while the Lady Warriors are 2-0. Choctaw Central hosts Louisville on Saturday before breaking for the Thanksgiving holidays.
The Leake Academy Rebelettes improved to 4-0 with a pair of wins last week.
The Rebelettes defeated Mt. Salus 82-50 on Thursday and then stopped Sylva-Bay 64-36.
The Rebelettes led Mt. Salus 38-23 at the half. Anna Nowell led Leake Academy with 13 points while Chloe Thaggard and Katie Webb scored 11 points and Hannah Moore scored 10. Leake Academy had 19 steals in this game.
Leake Academy led 55-31 at the half. Moore scored 16 points to pace the Rebelettes, Webb added 15 points while Peoples scored 12 and Nowell had 11 points and eight assists.
The Leake Academy boys have jumped out to a 2-0 start with a 71-35 win over Mt. Salus and a 72-54 victory over Sylva-Bay.
Alex Shepard scored 20 points to lead the Rebels past Mt. Salus, while Reed Mayfield added 11.
Shepard scored 30 points against Sylva-Bay.
Leake Academy has three home games this week. They were to take on Copiah on Tuesday, Newton Academy on Thursday and East Rankin on Saturday.