Choctaw Central’s Kyannah Grant guards a Newton player on Saturday night in the finals of the East Central Community College Tournament. 

Photo by Jacob Robertson
Choctaw Central’s Kyannah Grant guards a Newton player on Saturday night in the finals of the East Central Community College Tournament. Photo by Jacob Robertson
 The Choctaw Central Lady Warriors remained undefeated as they won three games while capturing their third straight East Central Community College basketball tournament championship.

The Lady Warriors improved to 9-0 on the season as they claimed their first trophy of the season. They opened the tournament with a 57-17 win over Scott Central. Choctaw Central then defeated Newton County 65-23 and Newton High School 54-38.

“We had a good week,” Coach Bill Smith said. “The team is playing well. We have to keep it up.”

The Choctaw Central boys opened with a 62-42 win over Newton High School. The Warriors took on the two-time defending Class 5A champion Laurel Golden Tornadoes and played them close before falling 55-53. In the consolation game, the Warriors lost 55-51 to Northeast Lauderdale.

The Warriors were to visit Neshoba Central on Tuesday. This will be the only game they until next Friday when they host their invitational tournament. Also playing will be Neshoba Central, Leake Central and Northeast Lauderdale. The Warriors entered the week with a 5-4 record.

 

Lady Warriors 57

Scott Central 17

The Lady Warriors settled this one early as they went up 42-6 at the half.

Kaedre Denson led with 12 points while Kyannah Grant added 10.

 

Lady Warriors 65

Newton County 23

It was more of the same in the semifinals as the Lady Warriors went up 39-10 at the half against Newton County.

Grant led with 12 points and Tia Saunders added eight.

 

Lady Warriors 54

Newton High 38

The Lady Warriors wrapped up the tournament championship with a win over Newton High.

Leading 18-5 after the first quarter, the Lady Warriors outscored the Lady Tigers 15-6 in the second quarter to go up 33-11 at the intermission.

The Lady Tigers played Choctaw Central a little tougher in the second half. The Lady Warriors would outscore Newton 13-12 in the third quarter to carry a 46-23 lead into the fourth quarter. The Lady Warriors held on for the victory.

Lachrisha Williams led the Lady Warriors with 13 points while Grant scored 12 and Darien Tubby put in 11.

 

Warriors 62

Newton High 42

The Warriors took over in the second half as they knocked off the Newton Tigers.

Choctaw Central led 14-5 after the first quarter. The Tigers bounced back, outscoring the Warriors 13-8 in the second stanza. Choctaw Central led 22-18 at the half. The second half belonged to Choctaw Central as they outscored the Tigers 40-24 during the two quarters.

Myric Anderson led with 10 points while Quentin Anderson and Brias Bell both scored nine points.

 

Laurel 55

Warriors 53

The Warriors were a few free throws away from possibly pulling an upset of the Golden Tornadoes.

“We stepped up and played hard,” Coach Brent Farmer said. “They were very physical and I thought we handled it well. But there are going to be fouls when the game gets physical like that. We have talked about needing to make all of our free throws and that could have made the difference.”

Laurel led 15-13 after the first quarter. The Golden Tornadoes would outscore the Warriors 15-11 in the second quarter and led 30-24 at the half.

Choctaw Central held Laurel to nine points in the third stanza while scoring 12. The Warriors trailed 39-36 heading into the fourth quarter. There, the Warriors outscored Laurel 17-16 in the final eight minutes but fell just a couple of points short.

Tiger Briscoe led the Tornadoes with 17 points. Brias Bell added nine points while Anderson and Dillon Farmer both scored seven.

 

Northeast Lauderdale 55

Warriors 51

The Warriors trailed 35-26 heading into the fourth quarter of their game with Northeast Lauderdale.

Choctaw Central scored 25 points in the fourth quarter as they tried to rally for the win. But the Trojans held them off.

Keanon McMillan led with 15 points while Farmer added 12.