The Choctaw Central Lady Warriors were crowned champions of the Idabel (Okla.) Holiday basketball tournament last Saturday as they rolled over the competition to improve their record to 15-0.

The Choctaw Central Warriors went 2-1 in the tournament, losing by a point in the championship finals. The tournament had eight teams in each bracket. In addition to the teams from Mississippi and Oklahoma, there were also teams from Texas and Louisiana,

Both Choctaw Central teams return to action Thursday when they take on Morton. The Lady Warriors will travel to Pontotoc to play Olive Branch in a classic game. Olive Branch is one on of the top teams in the state and should be a tough test for Choctaw Central.

“We are looking for the best competition we can find,” Coach Bill Smith said. “We need for someone to really push us. We played some good teams in Oklahoma but they really didn’t have the depth that we do and couldn’t hang with us for four quarters.”

The two teams have played a common opponent in Starkville. Choctaw Central defeated the Lady Yellow Jackets 56-52 in overtime while Olive Branch lost 41-36.

 

Lady Warriors

Choctaw Central was a little travel weary when they opened the tournament on Thursday against Marlow, Okla. The teams had left Neshoba County at 5 a.m. that morning and drove through to get to Idabel at around 3 p.m. They were playing basketball within two or three hours after their arrival.

“We were a little tired in the first quarter; then we took control of the game,” Smith said.

The Lady Warriors won the game, 54-25. Marlow led 17-13 after the first quarter. From that point, Marlow would only score two points in each of the remaining quarters. Choctaw Central came back to lead 29-19 at the half and outscored Marlow 25-4 in the second half.

Lachrisha Williams was the leading scorer with 13 points while Kaedra Denson added nine.

Choctaw Central defeated Sulphur Springs (Texas) 72-42 in the second game. Leading 22-9 after the first quarter, the Lady Warriors outscored Sulphur Springs 18-14 in the second quarter to go up 40-23 at the half. Choctaw Central outscored Sulphur Springs 32-19 in the second half.

Kyarrah Grant led with 15 points while Kyannah Grant scored 14 points. Williams scored 10.

Choctaw Central defeated Vanuss (Okla.) in the tournament finals. The first half was close. Leading 22-18 at the end of the first quarter the Lady Warriors outscored Vanuss 19-18 in the second quarter to lead 41-36 at the half. The Lady Warriors’ depth came into play in the second half.as they outscored Vanuss 18-5 in the third quarter to put the game away.

Denson led with 17 points Darien Tubby and Kyannah Grant scored 10.

Denson was named the Most Valuable Player of the tournament and Williams was named to the all-tournament team.

It was the third tournament championship of the season for the Lady Warriors. They have also won the East Central Community College tournament and the Choctaw Central Invitational.

 

Warriors

The Warriors opened the tournament with a 63-59 victory over Idabel, the host team.

Idabel led the Warriors 13-6 after the first quarter. Choctaw Central battled back, outscoring Idabel 21-16 in the second quarter. Idabell led 29-27 at the half. Both teams scored 17 points in the third quarter. Then the Warriors outscored 1dabel 19-13 in the final period to take the victory.

Brias Bell led the Warriors with 22 points while Dillon Farmer added 16.

The Warriors came back to defeat Douglas High School 63-46 in the second game.

Trailing 22-16 at the half, the Warriors outscored Douglas 21-8 in the third quarter to take control of the game. Both teams scored 16 points in the final quarter.

Tiger Briscoe led with 18 points while Keanon McMillan, Bell and Farmer all added nine points.

In the finals, the Warriors went cold in the fourth quarter and Louisiana Christian slipped past to take a 42-41 win.

The Warriors trailed 23-21 at the half. Choctaw Central seemed to take control of the game in the third quarter as they outpointed Louisiana 14-5 to take a 35-28 lead into the fourth quarter. But Louisiana outscored Choctaw 14-6 in the final quarter to take the victory.

Briscoe led with 14 points while Quentin Anderson added 11.

Bell and Farmer were both named to the all-tournament team.