Lady Rockets improve to 4-1
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 12:00 AM
The Neshoba Central Lady Rockets entered this week with 4-1 record after taking a win over Union Saturday night in the Neshoba tournament.
Neshoba Central's Patrick Steele tries to dribble around Tre Bogan of Union during the Neshoba Central Tournament on Saturday. The Rockets won the game, 64-49
The Rocket teams have one game this week. They were to travel to Tupelo on Monday. They will be off for the Thanksgiving break until next week.
"I'm very pleased with the way we are playing defense right now," Neshoba Central coach Fred Morris said. "And that's important. There are going to be nights when you are cold on offense but you can always play defense and that will win some close games.
Morris is playing eight to nine girls throughout the game.
"With the tempo we run, I try to keep them rotating in and out if I see someone starting to get winded," Morris said. "We have got to pick it up on offense. We are missing too many shots and having too many turnovers."
The only basketball action for Neshoba Central last week came during their invitational tournament on Saturday. Scores were as follows:
Philadelphia girls 64 , Noxubee County 43;
Noxubee County boys 64, Philadelphia 42;
Kosciusko girls 51, Noxapater 39;
Newton High boys 59, Kosciusko 58;
Neshoba Central girls 51, Union 29;
Neshoba Central boys 64, Unions 49;
Lady Rockets 51
Union girls 29
The Neshoba Central girls came out with a swarming defense that put them up early.
Neshoba Central led 14-5 after the first quarter. The Lady Rockets outscored Union 9-7 in the second quarter to post a 23-12 halftime lead. Neshoba Central outscored Union 20-2 in the third quarter to put the game on ice.
Contessa Peebles led the Lady Rockets with 15 points while Breanna Foster scored nine and Katlyn Duke added eight.
Union boys 49
William McMillian scored 24 points to lead the Neshoba Central Rockets past Union Saturday night in the Neshoba Central tournament.
Leading 16-10 after the first quarter, the Rockets outscored Union 14-11 in the second quarter to post a 30-21 halftime lead.
Union battled back to tie the game at 32-32 with 3:57 left in the third quarter. But the Rockets would outscore the Yellowjackets 12-2 during the rest of the quarter and led 44-34 at the break. Neshoba Central held on the rest of the way to win the game. Gray Willis added 11 points for the Rockets while Chance Young added seven.
Soccer teams sweep
The Neshoba Central boys soccer team swept last week's games with victories over Kosciusko and Choctaw Central
The Neshoba Central boys defeated Kosciusko 2-1 in a shootout, and Choctaw Central 6-0. The Lady Rockets beat Kosciusko 4-2.
Both teams will be off this week for the Thanksgiving holidays. They return to action next Tuesday at Clarkdale and then host Louisville on November 30.
Neshoba Central boys 2, Kosciusko 1 - The Rockets outscored the Whippets 4-3 in a shootout to claim the victory.
Tanner Salter scored Neshoba Central's only goal in regulation on an assist by Chase McNair. During regulation, Salter, Caleb Crenshaw, Jared Brister and Dinnon Breazeale all scored. Peyton Clark was the winning goalie.
Neshoba Central boys 5, Choctaw Central 0 - The Rockets took their second victory of the season over Choctaw Central.
Salter scored two goals for the Rockets with one coming off an assist from Brister. Also scoring goals were P.T. Anderson, Brister and Taylor Irby. Reed McCool and Crenshaw were each credited with an assist.
Clark was the winning goalie.
Neshoba Central now stands at 4-0.
"We have beaten Newton County and Kosciusko and they are two of the best teams in the state," coach Nathan Sistrunk said. "This team is really playing well."
Neshoba Central girls 4, Kosciusko 2 - Leading 1-0 at the half, the Lady Rockets scored three second half goals to claim the win.
Scoring for the Lady Rockets were Cecily Kate Price with two goals, M.K. Collins and Sadie Kate Marshall.
Melissa Miller was credited with two assists while Price and Madalyn McMahon each had one. Kayla Roberson was the winning goalie.