Lashayla McMillan takes a shot against Southeast Lauderdale Friday night in the finals of the Region 5-3A tournament. The Lady Tigers won the game 57-56. Both teams will be in the South State tournament which will be held at Choctaw Central this week.
Lashayla McMillan takes a shot against Southeast Lauderdale Friday night in the finals of the Region 5-3A tournament. The Lady Tigers won the game 57-56. Both teams will be in the South State tournament which will be held at Choctaw Central this week.
The Choctaw Central Lady Warriors won their opening game in the South State 3A tournament Monday night as they defeated West Marion 94-56 in prep basketball action.

The Lady Warriors will host the rest of the South State tournament with elimination games being held on Thursday and Friday, and the championship game set for Saturday night.

In the South State Class 2A tournament, the Union girls were eliminated by Bassfield 65-57 on Monday night.

"We are at the point of the season where you can't afford to lose or your out," said Lady Warriors coach Bill Smith whose team plays again Thursday night.

Both teams from Choctaw Central and Union High School qualified to play in the South State basketball tournaments in their respective classifications. Both Philadelphia and Neshoba Central teams were eliminated in the first round of region play. Here's a recap of the region tournaments.

Choctaw Central

The Choctaw Central girls placed second in the Region 5-3A tournament Friday night, dropping a 57-56 decision to host Southeast Lauderdale. After receiving a first round bye, the Lady Warriors bested Heidelberg 59-31 in the second round of the tournament.

Kristen Dixon scored 21 points to lead the Lady Warriors past Heidelberg. Leading 32-21 at the half, the Lady Warriors limited Heidelberg to just 10 points in the second half.

Southeast Lauderdale had won their previous three games with Choctaw Central going away. But the Lady Warriors held a 21-19 halftime lead. Southeast Lauderdale appeared to have the game under control. They outscored Choctaw Central 20-6 in the third stanza to lead 39-27 going into the final period. But the Lady Warriors came on strong in the final eight minutes as they outscored Southeast Lauderdale 27-18 and fell one point short as the final buzzer went off. Dixon finished with 14 points while Lashayla McMillan added 13 points.

The Lady Warriors dominated West Marion as they led 47-28 at the half. Dixon led with 14 points while Kandace Lasiloo added 13 and Maleah Isaac scored 10.

The Lady Warriors now stand at 23-7.

The Choctaw Central boys placed third in the region tournament. The Warriors drew a first round bye, but then dropped a 50-48 decision to Southeast Lauderdale in the semifinals. They defeated Newton 60-50 in the consolation game. Choctaw Central will travel to West Marion for the first round of the South State tournament on Tuesday.

The Warriors were outscored 17-4 in the fourth quarter against Southeast Lauderdale and that proved to be the difference. Demarcus Wilson led Choctaw Central with 12 points.

In the consolation game, Wilson scored 16 points and SheChem Grant added 13 in the Warriors' win over Newton High School. Leading 28-27 at the half, Choctaw Central outscored the Tigers 32-23 in the second half to claim the 60-50 victory.

Union

The Union boys placed second in the District 6-2A tournament after dropping a 64-61 decision to Scott Central in the finals. The Yellowjackets opened the tournament with a close 62-61 overtime win over Leake Central. The Yellowjackets were to play host to Amite County on Tuesday.

Adrian Campbell scored the only goal in overtime to lead Union over Leake Central. Quinton Campbell led with 25 points and Adrian added 20.

Scott Central led 33-31 at the half and pulled away to claim the win in the championship game. Quinton Campbell led with 19 points while Camein Brown and Tre Bogan both added 13 points.

The Union girls, meanwhile, defeated Clarkdale 56-34 in the first round of the region tournament but then lost to Lake 52-35 and to Puckett and entered South State as the No. 4 team out of Region 6-2A. They were eliminated by Bassfield.

Natasha McCune scored 18 points to lead the Lady Yellowjackets past Clarkdale.

Seasons ends

for Tornadoes, Rockets

The prep basketball seasons at Neshoba Central and Philadelphia both ended in the first round of their respective region tournaments.

The Canton girls eliminated the Lady Rockets 58-34, while the Neshoba Central boys closed out against Yazoo City, 59-28.

The Philadelphia boys saw their season end in a 75-49 loss to Heidelberg. The Lady Tornadoes went down 36-18 to Heidelberg.