Jasmine Chickaway (11 looks for a lane against the Lady Warriors of CCHS.
Jasmine Chickaway (11 looks for a lane against the Lady Warriors of CCHS.
The Choctaw Central Lady Warriors and the Neshoba Central Rockets were crowned champions of the Choctaw Central Invitation Saturday night in prep basketball action.

The Lady Warriors opened the tournament with a 58-37 win over Leake Central. Choctaw Central took on Neshoba Central in the finals, winning that game 65-39. Neshoba Central opened the tournament with a win over Northeast Lauderdale.

On the boys side, Choctaw Central opened the tournament with a 55-49 win over Leake Central while Neshoba Central defeated Northeast Lauderdale 54-53. In the boys finals, the Rockets defeated Choctaw Central 54-39.

It was the only action last week for either Choctaw Central or Neshoba Central.

Choctaw Central will be off for the week before Christmas. They will travel to Oklahoma Thursday, December 28, to play in the Idabel tournament.

Neshoba Central was to host Laurel on Tuesday night and then visit Meridian High School on Saturday.

 

Girls bracket

After a close first quarter, Choctaw Central put their game with Leake Central away in the second quarter.

The Lady Warriors led 11-9 at the end of the first quarter. They then outscored the Lady Gators 23-8 in the second quarter to go up 34-17 at the half. The Lady Gators played the Lady Warriors closer in the second half.

Kaedre Denson led Choctaw Central with 17 points while Kyannah Grant put in nine.

Neshoba Central defeated Northeast Lauderdale on the other side of the bracket. No details were available.

That set up the third meeting of the season between the Lady Rockets and Lady Warriors, and Choctaw Central completed the sweep with their victory in the championship game.

Choctaw Central led 24-7 after the first quarter. The Lady Warriors then outscored the Lady Rockets 17-8 in the second quarter and led 41-15 at the half. Both teams scored 24 points in the second half.

Darien Tubby scored 15 points to lead the Lady Warriors while Tia Saunders added nine. Jasmine Chickaway scored 16 to lead the Lady Warriors.

Choctaw Central improved to 12-0.

“This is another step in our season,” Coach Bill Smith said. “We are playing very well right now. We will be playing in the tournament in Oklahoma after Christmas. Maybe we find good competition to test us.”

The Lady Rockets now stand at 6-6.

“I was disappointed in the way we played against Choctaw Central,” Coach Fred Morris said. “We didn’t play hard. The Northeast Lauderdale game was one of our better games. We are still looking for consistency.”

 

Boys bracket

Neshoba Central had lost to Northeast Lauderdale 73-72 in overtime in the second game of the season. Friday night, the game was just as close as the Rockets evened the score with a 54-53 win.

The Rockets led 15-8 after the first quarter. The Trojans bounced back, outscoring the Rockets 17-8 in the second quarter and led 25-23 at the half. Neshoba Central outscored Northeast Lauderdale 20-14 in the third quarter and that proved to be the difference. The Rockets carried a 43-39 lead into the final quarter and held off the Trojans for the win.

Trajan Fielder led with 19 points. Cade Griffin and DeMarcus Webster both scored nine points.

In the second Friday night boys game, Choctaw Central took the lead into the fourth quarter and held on for the victory.

The Gators led 15-14 at the end of the first quarter. The Warriors outpointed Leake Central 12-8 in the second quarter and led 26-23 at the half. The Warriors would outscore the Gators 14-11 in the third quarter and led 40-34 at the break. Both teams scored 15 points in the final eight minutes of play.

Dylan Farmer led the Warriors with 15 points. Myric Anderson and Tiger Briscoe both added 11 points while Keanon McMillan nine.

That set up the third meeting between the Rockets and the Warriors. The series this year was split at one win apiece. The Rockets won the first game 68-60 in the season opener for both teams. The Warriors won game two 57-44 on December 8.

This time, Neshoba Central led all the way on its way to a 54-39 victory.

Neshoba Central led 25-20 at the half. The Rockets outscored the Warriors 29-19 in the second half to complete the win. McMillan led the Rockets with 19 points while Fielder added 17. Octavious Jones led Choctaw Central with nine points.

“Any win is a good win,” Coach Jerry Byrd said. “It was good to win the tournament but we have a lot of work to do. We need consistency and to continue to improve on the little things.”