2/6/2013 6:00:00 AM Choctaw Central wrapping up season
By STEVE SWOGETINSKY Sports Editor
The Choctaw Central basketball teams are winding down their regular season this week with two big home Region 5-3A games.
The Warrior teams were to host Newton High School on Tuesday and Southeast Lauderdale on Friday.
The Warriors went 2-0 last week as they bested Philadelphia 56-47 and then stopped Heidelberg 73-62. They went into the week with an 11-8 record.
The Lady Warriors went 2-1 last week. They defeated Philadelphia 62-46 and Heidelberg 65-44 but then dropped a 67-56 decision to Pontotoc in the North Pontotoc Classic. The Lady Warriors stand at 20-5.
The Region 5-3A tournament will be held at Southeast Lauderdale starting next week. Brackets will be drawn up on Saturday.
In their win over Philadelphia, the Warriors outscored the Tornadoes 17-6 in the second quarter to go up 22-12 at the half. That proved to be the difference as the Warriors held on in the second period. Trey Lilly led Choctaw Central with 17 points while Demarcus Wilson added 14 and SheChem Grant scored 16.
Choctaw Central came on strong in the second half to beat the Heidelberg Oilers. Trailing 35-31 at the half, Choctaw Central outscored the Oilers 26-11 in the fourth quarter to take the win. Dalton Clegg led the Warriors with 24 points while Grant added 18.
The Lady Warriors had control of their game with Philadelphia early on and led 37-19 at the half. Kristen Dixon led the way with 12 points while Emily Shoemaker added 10.
It was more of the same against Heidelberg. The Lady Warriors led 33-16 at the half and were never challenged. Malian Isaac led with 10 points while Dixon and Candace Laszlo added nine points.
Pontotoc, 21-3, came on strong in the fourth quarter to defeat the Lady Warriors. The Lady Warriors led 19-12 at the end of the first quarter. But Pontotoc came back to outscore Choctaw Central 20-12 and led 32-31 at the half. Leading 45-41 at the end of the third quarter, Pontotoc outscored Choctaw Central 22-14 in the final eight minutes to claim the win. Dixon led with 22 points and Malian Isaac added 15.
"We have got to learn how to hold on to a lead," Choctaw Central coach Bill Smith said.