1/29/2014 6:00:00 AM Lady Warriors stand at 4-0 in region play
By STEVE SWOGETINSKY Sports Editor
The Choctaw Central Lady Warriors got their season on track with three victories last week in prep basketball action.
The Lady Warriors entered the week with a 16-6 overall record and 4-0 in Region 5-3A action. They started the week with a 61-19 win over Raleigh and then stopped rival Southeast Lauderdale 52-32 on Friday night at home. The Lady Warriors played in the Choctaw County Shootout on Saturday and took a 56-38 win over Amite County.
The Choctaw Central boy split two district games last week. They defeated Raleigh 65-15 and then lost a heart-breaker at the buzzer to Southeast Lauderdale, 50-49.
Both Choctaw Central teams have three home games this week. They were to host Forest on Tuesday, Philadelphia on Friday and Neshoba Central on Saturday.
This was the second meeting between Choctaw Central and Southeast Lauderdale girls this season. In the first game which was played in the East Central tournament, the Lady Warriors led 51-40 going into the fourth quarter and ended up losing 61-59 in the end.
This past Friday night, the Choctaw Central girls led 37-23 going into the fourth quarter and Coach Bill Smith did not want history to repeat itself.
"Beating Southeast Lauderdale is always a big win for us," Smith said. "And we reminded them of the last game at the half. We didn't want to let them come back on us again."
Choctaw Central responded by outscoring the Lady Tigers 15-9 in the fourth quarter and claiming the victory. Melody Jimmie led the Lady Warriors with 18 points while Kandace Lasiloo added 14 points.
The Lady Warriors jumped out to a 30-9 lead at the end of the first quarter in their game against Raleigh. Choctaw Central outscored the Lady Lions 11-5 in the second quarter to lead 41-14 at the half. It was more of the same in the second half as Choctaw Central limited Raleigh to five points while putting in 20. Lasiloo scored 14 points while Kyree Bell scored 11.
Choctaw Central led 16-2 after the first quarter in their win over Amite County. Amite County bounced back in the second quarter to outscore the Lady Warriors 12-7 and Choctaw Central led 23-12 at the half. Both teams scored 10 points in the third quarter. Then the Lady Warriors outscored Amite County 23-14 in the fourth quarter to put the game away. Lashayla McMillan led the Lady Warriors with 15 points. Bell added 11 and Jimmie scored 10.
The Choctaw Central boys jumped out to a 17-2 lead against Raleigh in the first quarter and held a 34-12 advantage at halftime. Raleigh would only score two points in the second half as the Warriors took the win. Brandon Kennedy led Choctaw Central with 13 points while Demarquis Wilson abd Shechem Grant both added 10 points apiece.
Choctaw Central and Southeast Lauderdale were tied at 15-15 at the end of the first quarter. Trailing 26-25 with 2:38 left in the first half, the Warriors would hold Southeast Lauderdale scoreless for the remainder of the half while putting in six points. The Warriors led 31-26 at the half.
Choctaw Central led throughout the second half. The Warriors led 49-39 with 5:21 left in the game but would not score again. Southeast Lauderdale pulled within one point 49-48 - with 19 seconds left and scored at the buzzer to claim the victory.
Wilson led the Warriors with 12 points while Grant added 11 and Bryce Billy scored 10 points.