Before breaking for the Thanksgiving holidays, the Neshoba Central basketball teams swept a pair of games over Ackerman in prep basketball action.

The Neshoba Central girls downed Ackerman 74-25 while the Rockets claimed a 74-41 win. Earlier, the Rocket teams were swept by Newton County. Newton County defeated the Lady Rockets 45-43 while the Neshoba Central boys lost 58-44. Neshoba Central returns to action Nov. 30 at home against Kosciusko.


Neshoba Central girls 74

Ackerman 25

The Lady Rockets jumped out to an early lead in the first half.

Leading 14-6 after the first quarter, the Lady Rockets outscored Ackerman 19-4 in the second quarter to post a 33-10 halftime lead. Neshoba Central closed by scoring 35 points in the final quarter.

Quantel Deaton scored 28 points to lead Neshoba Central. Victoria Stewart added 13 points while Katlyn Duke and Keona Foster both added nine points.


Newton County 45

Neshoba Central girls 43

Newton County held off a second half rally to defeat the Lady Rockets.

Neshoba Central held a 7-6 lead after the first quarter. The Lady Cougars outscored Neshoba Central 11-6 in the second half and led 17-13 at the half. Neshoba Central trailed 30-27 after three quarters. The Lady Rockets outscored Newton County 16-15 in the final quarter but fell two points short.

Deaton led the Lady Rockets with 10 points. Shun Tabb and Stewart both added seven points.


Neshoba Central boys 74

Ackerman 41

Jaylen Dotson scored 22 points to lead the Neshoba Central Rockets past Ackerman.

Leading 25-9 after the first quarter, Neshoba Central outscored Ackerman 22-11 in the second quarter to post a 47-20 halftime lead. The Rockets scored 23 points in the third quarter and coasted to victory.

Quinton Billie added 16 points and Trey Lilly scored nine.


Newton County 58

Neshoba Central boys 44

The Cougars of Newton County dominated the second quarter and that was the difference in their win over Neshoba Central.

Both teams scored seven points in the first quarter. Then Newton County outscored Neshoba Central 20-9 in the second quarter and posted a 27-16 halftime lead. The second half was close but the Cougars held on for the win.

Lilly scored 19 points to lead Neshoba Central, while Michael Mingo added 12.

"We are playing hard," coach Jerry Byrd said. "We've got to improve on defense."