Neshoba Central’s Hama’ya Fielder drives past a West Lauderdale defender for a layup.
Neshoba Central’s Hama’ya Fielder drives past a West Lauderdale defender for a layup.
The Neshoba Central basketball teams will be trying to regroup this week after splitting a pair of games.

The Rockets lost their first game of the season when they dropped a 57-49 decision against defending Class 6A state champion Columbus last Tuesday. They rebounded on Friday to defeat West Lauderdale 71-44. The Rockets come into the week with a 6-1 record.

The Lady Rockets also fell at Columbus, dropping a 53-37 decision. They came back to take a 65-34 win over West Lauderdale. The Lady Rockets stood at 5-2 coming into this week.

Neshoba Central was to visit Choctaw Central on Tuesday and travel to West Point on Friday.


Columbus 57

Rockets 49

Coach Jerry Bryd was looking to test his team against the best competition and they found it against Columbus.

Neshoba Central led 16-14 after the first quarter. But Columbus started a run late in the first quarter and would outscore Neshoba Central 24-16. At the half, the Falcons led 38-32.

The Falcons kept their momentum going as they outscored the Rockets 19-17 in the second half.

“We adjusted to their pressure and stayed with them,” Coach Jerry Byrd said. “But we couldn’t get the lead back in the second half.

“Playing good teams like Columbus will make us better.”

Colby McMillan led with 16 points while Jacob McMillan added 15 and Josh Isaac scored 10.


Rockets 71

West Lauderdale 44

After a close first quarter, the Rockets pulled away from West Lauderdale.

The score was tied at 20-20 after the first quarter. Neshoba Central then outscored the Knights 26-4 in the second quarter and went up 46-24 at the half. The Rockets would outscore the Knights 25-18 in the second half.

Jacob McMillan led with 21 points while Zane Lilly put in 20. Isaac finished with 10 points.

“We are still a work in progress,” Coach Byrd said. “But everyone is working hard and trying to improve.”


Columbus 53

Lady Rockets 37

Coach Fred Morris was disappointed with his team’s play in their loss to Columbus.

The first half was close as Columbus led 25-23 at the half. But then the Lady Falcons held the Neshoba Central to five points while putting in 10. Leading 35-28 going into the final quarter, the Lady Falcons outscored Neshoba Central 19-9 to clinch the victory.

Jeleisya Jim led with 10 points.

“We have to pay attention to detail and avoid making the small mistakes,” Morris said. “We didn’t play hard. And if we don’t play hard, it’s not going to matter what plays we are going to draw up.”


Lady Rockets 65

West Lauderdale 34

The Lady Rockets rebounded with a sound win over West Lauderdale on Thursday night.

Neshoba Central went up 37-13 at the half and never looked back. The Lady Rockets would outscore the Lady Knights 20-11 in the fourth quarter to ice the win.

Carly Keats put in 29 points to lead the Lady Rockets while Hamady Fields added 15 and Jim scored 10.