Rockets improve to 6-0 with two victories
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 12:00 AM
The Neshoba Central Rockets entered the pre-Christmas portion of their 2013-2014 schedule with a 6-0 record in prep basketball action.
The Rockets picked up two victories last week. They defeated Union 73-41 last Monday and then defeated Calhoun City 94-80 in a classic game at Starkville on Saturday.
"This year, we have some kids who can score points," Coach Jerry Byrd said. "We are really playing a high tempo style of ball and taking it to our opponents. As our season progresses, the competition is going to keep getting stronger. We just have to keep battling."
Against Union, the Rockets pulled away in the second half. Leading 15-8 after the first quarter, Neshoba Central outscored the Yellowjackets 17-14 to lead 32-22 at the half. Neshoba Central led 49-33 going into the final quarter and scored 24 points to put the game away.
Grant Willis led the Rockets with 17 points while TJ Ben added 12 and Patrick Steele put in 11. Tre Bogan scored 19 points to lead the Yellowjackets, and Quinton Campbell added 14 points.
The Rockets scored more than 20 points in each quarter Saturday as they defeated Calhoun City. Ben scored 30 points to lead the Rockets.
Neshoba Central led 49-35 at the half and that would prove to be the difference. Both teams scored 45 points in the second half. Gary Willis added 16 points while Grant Willis scored 12 and Christian Mingo added eight.
"We are getting good senior leadership this season from Gary Willis and Dylan Spears," Byrd said. "They are helping to keep our younger guys focused."
The Neshoba Central Lady Rockets picked up a 52-44 victory over Union last week in the only game they played.
Union led 14-11 after the first quarter, but Neshoba Central bounced back to outpoint the Lady Yellowjackets 11-6 in the second stanza to hold a 22-20 halftime lead. The third quarter was close and the score was tied at 35-35 going into the final stanza. Then Neshoba Central outpointed Union 17-9 in the final quarter to claim the victory.
Kaylee Routh was the leading scorer for the Lady Rockets with 17 points while Hannah Williams added 16.
"A win is a win," Coach Fred Morris said. "We played better. If we can get everyone back, we'll be alright."
Morris noted that Katlyn Duke and Kayla McKinion are both sidelined with injuries.
Neshoba Central was to visit Kosciusko Tuesday for their only game of the week.