Choctaw Central's Darien Tubby (13), and Kyannah Grant, behind, double team Belmont's Anna Maroon (4) during the MHSAA Girls 3A State Tournament played on the campus of Jackson State University.
Choctaw Central's Darien Tubby (13), and Kyannah Grant, behind, double team Belmont's Anna Maroon (4) during the MHSAA Girls 3A State Tournament played on the campus of Jackson State University.
The Choctaw Central Lady Warriors were two wins away from winning their seventh state basketball championship, coming into Wednesday’s semi-final round.

The Lady Warriors were to play Jefferson Davis County Wednesday morning at the Mississippi Coliseum in Jackson. The Lady Warriors advanced through the quarterfinal rounds by beating Belmont 59-42 on Saturday. Jefferson Davis defeated Choctaw County in its quarterfinal matchup, 41-34.

Choctaw Central comes into the game with a 33-1 record. Jefferson Davis stands at 23-8.

The winners will advance to the Class 3A Girls State championship game Saturday at 1 p.m. It would mark the third year in a row the Lady Warriors made it to the finals.

The Choctaw Central-Jefferson Davis winner will play the winner of the other semifinal game between Hazlehurst and Independence, which will also be played Wednesday morning. (Scores of both games will be posted on the Neshoba Democrat’s Facebook page.)

Hazlehurst has a record of 16-9 while Independence stands at 25-6.

“We have been playing our best ball and this is the time of the year to do it,” Coach Bill Smith said. “We watched Jefferson Davis play after our game. They are very athletic. They pass well and they like to press. It should be a good game.”

 

Lady Warriors 59

Belmont 42

The Lady Warriors faced a tough opponent in Belmont which finished the season with a 26-6 record.

Choctaw Central led 19-8 after the first quarter. Then the Lady Warriors got into a little foul trouble in the second period and the game slowed down. Belmont outpointed Choctaw Central 13-12 in the second quarter but the Lady Warrior held a 31-20 lead.

The third quarter was the same as the second with Belmont outpointing the Lady Warriors 12-11. Choctaw Central carried a 42-32 lead into the fourth quarter. There, they put the game away by outscoring Belmont 17-9 in the final eight minutes of play.

Kyannah Grant led the Lady Warriors with 23 points while Darien Tubby added 15 points.

“We have to take them on game at a time, and Jefferson Davis is our next game,” Coach Smith said. “We want to go to the finals but we have to get through them first.”

Choctaw Central is seeking its seventh state championship in school history. The Lady Warriors claimed their sixth state championship in girls basketball last March when they defeated Amanda Elzy 75-42 in the finals and finished the season with a 31-3 record. The Lady Warriors have won state championships in 1996, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005 and 2017.