Rockets improve to 4-0 with Wildcats win
Wednesday, November 27, 2013 12:00 AM
The Neshoba Central Rockets improved to 4-0 Saturday as they scored a 66-40 victory over Kemper County during the annual Clash of the Titans prep basketball classic.
It was the second win of the season over the Wildcats for the Rockets. In the season opener, the Rockets defeated the Wildcats 63-59.
"We played well on both ends of the court," Rockets Coach Jerry Byrd said. "What pleased me was that we took care of the ball. The credit goes to the kids. They have been working hard and getting it done on the court."
Meanwhile, the Neshoba Central girls dropped to 1-4 after losing a 40-37 overtime decision to the Lady Wildcats of Kemper County.
Neshoba Central was to play at Union on Monday. The Rockets return to action Saturday when they battle Calhoun City in a classic tournament at Starkville High School. Game time is 3 p.m. Both Rocket teams will be back in action December 3 when they visit Kosciusko.
Kemper County 40
The Rockets jumped out to a 21-7 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Neshoba Central outscored Kemper County 16-8 in the second quarter and led 37-15 at the half. Trailing 54-20 going into the final quarter, the Wildcats scored 19 points to Neshoba Central's 11 but it wasn't close as Neshoba Central won the game.
TJ Ben led the Rockets with 18 points while Chayton York added 10 points and Jerrod Willis scored seven.
Kemper County 40
Lady Rockets 37 OT
Kemper County outscored Neshoba Central 7-4 in overtime to take the victory.
Leading 8-5 at the end of the first quarter, the Lady Rockets outscored Kemper County 4-2 in the second quarter to go up 12-7 at the half.
The action picked up in the second half. Kemper County outscored the Lady Rockets 13-10 in the third quarter to trail 22-20 going into the final quarter. The game ended in a 33-33 tie at the end of regulation and went into overtime where Kemper County pulled it out.
Hannah Williams scored 14 points to lead the Lady Rockets while Andria Carter added 10 points.
"We have got to keep working hard in practice and trying to improve," Coach Fred Morris said. "Hopefully, it will begin to carry over into our games."