This will be a big week for the Neshoba Central girls fast-pitch softball team as they try to rebound from a 5-3 loss to region rival New Hope.

The two teams meet again at New Hope on Thursday.

If the Lady Rockets win by three runs, they are still in the running for the Region 3-5A state championship.

Any less and they will enter the state playoffs as the second place team out of the region.

"We were up 3-2 going into the seventh," Neshoba Central Coach Tre Embry said. "They got a hit and we made an error and they scored three runs in the inning.

"That happens sometimes but we have got to go back to work this week and get ready to play them again. We are still in the running," Embry said.

The Lady Rockets entered the week with a 19-2 record. They are 1-1 in the region.

They were to play Starkville Tuesday before traveling to New Hope on Thursday.

Then on Friday, they close out the week with a home game against Newton County.

New Hope outhit the Lady Rockets 8-3. Neshoba Central scored one in the second and two in the sixth.

New Hope answered with two in the first and three in the seventh. Kayla McKinion was the losing pitcher.

Hannah Williams, McKinion and Kaila Willis as got a hit for the Lady Rockets.

The only other game of last week saw the Lady Rockets take a 3-2 win over Kosciusko. Neshoba Central scored one in the first and two in the third.

Kosciusko answered with two in the fifth.

Jenna Pigg was the winning pitcher with five strike outs. Katlyn Duke led the Lady Rockets with a double and two singles.

Hailey Lunderman, Williams, Madalyn McMahon and McKinion all hit a single.