11/13/2013 6:00:00 AM Warrior teams fall in close openers
By STEVE SWOGETINSKY Sports Editor
If the Choctaw Central Basketball Classic is any indicator, the 2013-2014 season should be an exciting one.
The Choctaw Central Lady Warriors battled Lake down to the wire before losing a 66-58 decision in overtime. Lake's Victoria Vivians, considered to be the best player in Mississippi, led the Lady Hornets with 43 points.
The Choctaw Central boys also played a close game with Morton before falling 49-47.
Other games played during the Choctaw Classic resulted in the Union defeating Southeast Lauderdale 56-54; Leake Central girls beating Newton High School 51-43; and the Quitman Lady Panthers stopping Forest 59-37.
The Lady Warriors trailed 15-14 at the end of the first quarter. They came back to outscore Lake 21-16 in the second quarter and led 35-31 at the break. The game stayed close throughout the second half and the score was tied at 56-56 at the end of regulation. The Lady Hornets held the Lady Warriors to two points in the overtime period.
Melody Jimmie scored 19 points to lead the Lady Warriors. Lashayla McMillan scored 17 points and Kandace Lasiloo added 16.
"We had a poor shooting percentage, especially in the first half," Choctaw Central Coach Bill Smith said. "You can't let a team with a great player hang around or she'll take over and beat you. And that's what happened tonight."
The Warriors were just getting their team together as members of the football team reported last week. Demarcus Wilson scored 14 points and Bryce Billy added 13.
Choctaw Central trailed 24-19 at the half but battled back to tie the game at 33-33 at the end of the third quarter. Morton went up 49-44 with less than a minute to play and held on for the win.
Union's win over Southeast Lauderdale was believed to have been the first time the Lady Yellowjackets defeated the Lady Tigers.
Southeast Lauderdale led 33-30 at the half. Union battled back to trail 46-44 going into the third quarter and outpointed the Lady Tigers 12-8 in the fourth period. Natasha McCune scored 18 points to lead Union while Jalisa Holley added 13 and Janesha Mason scored seven.
The Rocket teams split a pair of games with Kemper County on Saturday. The Lady Rockets dropped a 48-41 decision to the Lady Wildcats while the Neshoba Central boys won their game 63-59.
Relissia Ray led the Lady Rockets with 18 points. T.J. Ben scored 20 points and Gary Willis added 14 for the Rockets.
Neshoba Central will host two basketball gatherings over the next two Saturday.
This weekend, they host three games at the Neshoba Central Invitational. The schedule is as follows:
2:30 - Philadelphia vs. Newton High
4:15 - Neshoba Central girls vs. Union
6:30 - Neshoba Central boys vs. Union
Then Saturday, November 23, will be the Clash of the Titans. The schedule is as follows:
11 a.m. - West Lauderdale girls vs. Newton High;
12:45 - West Lauderdale boys vs. Newton High
2:30 p.m. Choctaw Central girls vs. Humphreys County;
4:15 p.m. - Choctaw Central boys vs. Humphreys County;
6 p.m. - Neshoba Central girls vs. Kemper County;
7:45 p.m. - Neshoba Central boys vs. Kemper County.
The Tornado teams dropped a pair of games to Louisville Saturday
The Philadelphia boys lost 52-41. Sherman Bufkin led with 21 points. The Tornadoes were to visit Kemper County on Tuesday.
The Rebelettes took a 50-15 victory over Macon Central last week. Leake Academy led 40-3 at the half.
Mary Grace Key and Jaycie Malone both scored 10 points.