Neshoba Central Demarcus Webster (10) blocks the shot by Ridgeland's Darius Kent in a recent contest. The Rockets are hosting the Region 3-5A Tournament this week.

Photo by 
Chris Todd
Neshoba Central Demarcus Webster (10) blocks the shot by Ridgeland's Darius Kent in a recent contest. The Rockets are hosting the Region 3-5A Tournament this week. Photo by Chris Todd
 The Neshoba Central Lady Rockets qualified for the Class 5A state basketball tournament Monday night when they defeated Ridgeland 62-52 in the first round of the Region 3-5A tournament.

“This is what we have been playing for,” Coach Fred Morris said. “Our team has really come together in the past couple of weeks and we are playing like I know we can. We are making good shots and playing good defense. It takes playing well on both sides to win.”

The score was tied at 12-12 after the first quarter. Neshoba Central outscored the Lady Titans 15-6 in the second period to take a 27-18 lead in at the half.

That would be the difference because the teams played even in the second half. The Lady Rockets had a 33-31 scoring edge over three quarters.

Relissia Ray led with 18 points while Andria Carter and Taylor Ben both scored 16 points.

The Lady Rockets improved to 14-10 on the season.

The Neshoba Central girls will advance to Friday night’s championship game when they take on the winner between Lanier and Vicksburg starting at 7 p.m. That game was to be played Tuesday night. Ridgeland will play the loser in an elimination game starting at 4 p.m.

With their victory, the Lady Rockets will host a state tournament game next week. If they win the region championship, they will draw a first round bye and get to host a second round game.



Boys bracket

The Neshoba Central boys were to play Lanier Tuesday night with the winner advancing to Friday night’s championship game which tips off at 8:30 p.m.

The winner will play the winner between Vicksburg and Ridgeland game on Monday. The losers play an elimination game at 5:30 p.m.

The Rockets came into the tournament ranked No. 1 in a statewide poll for Class 5A teams. They did not play last week entered the week with a 20-3 record.