Philadelphia’s Tanner Boler tries to get a handle on the ball while Choctaw Central’s Myric Anderson goes for the steal.

Photo by Jacob Robertson
Philadelphia’s Tanner Boler tries to get a handle on the ball while Choctaw Central’s Myric Anderson goes for the steal. Photo by Jacob Robertson
Two teams that appear to be on the verge of becoming contenders in their respective regions battled it out last Tuesday with the Choctaw Central boys taking a 44-41 victory over the host Philadelphia Tornadoes.

In the earlier game, the Lady Warriors of Choctaw Central won a 62-36 decision over Philadelphia.

The Tornadoes and the Warriors exchanged the lead throughout the game. Philadelphia led 9-6 after the first quarter. Choctaw Central came back to outscore the Tornadoes 14-8 in the second quarter and led 20-17 at the half.

The Tornadoes scored 10 unanswered points in the early stages of the third quarter and went up 27-20 with 1:45 left. The Warriors would only score three points during the period with all coming from the free throw line. Stetson Moore sank a basket at the buzzer to give Philadelphia a 29-23 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

Dillon Farmer and Lee Willis scored back-to-back goals to bring the Warriors within two points – 29-27 – with 7:29 left. The Tornadoes added a three-point shot and the Warriors scored to make it 32-29. Then Treundes Willis tied the game with a three-point shot and Kashden Bell sank another to give the Warriors a 35-32 lead with 5:04 left in the game.

Moore brought the Tornadoes back as he hit two free throws, a two-point shot and a three-point shot to give his team a 39-35 lead with 2:25 left. Moore hit another shot to give his team a 41-35 lead with 2:11 left.

But the Warriors would not be denied. They scored nine unanswered points in the time remain to take the victory. Willis sank a shot to tie the game at 41-41, Then Myric Anderson scored on three-point shot with 16 seconds left to give his team the lead and the victory.

“This was a good game for both teams,” Warriors Coach Brent Farmer said. “We have talked about stepping up and finishing a game and that we did tonight. This is the kind of effort that it will take when we are playing region games and then in the postseason.”

Willis led the Warriors in scoring with 14 points while Farmer added nine points. Moore scored 18 points to lead the Tornadoes while Jarron Boler added eight points.

“We are still learning how to win,” Coach Michael Tardy said. “Once we learn to put games away with this type of effort, this team is going to be a contender. And we are not that far away.”


Lady Warriors 62

Lady Tornadoes 36

Choctaw Central overwhelmed a game Philadelphia team the girls game.

Choctaw Central stands at 18-0. The defending Class 3A state champions are currently ranked No. 1 in a statewide poll for Class 3A girls teams. They are also ranked No. 2 in the state in The Clarion-Ledger overall poll and in the Max Preps state poll behind Murrah.

Choctaw Central led 45-17 at the half. Coach Bill Smith rested his starters for most of the second half.

Kyannah Grant led the Lady Warriors with 10 points while Lachrisha Williams added nine points and Madison Thomas added eight.

Madison Savage scored 12 points to lead the Lady Tornadoes while Nia Luckett added 11 points. Andrika Carter scored nine points.


Newton High 52

Warriors 38

The Choctaw Central boys dropped a 52-38 decision to Newton High Saturday night in the East Central Community College Martin Luther King Classic.

The Warriors trailed 11-6 after the first quarter. Choctaw Central came back in the second quarter to outpoint Newton 12-8. At the half, the Tigers led 19-18. However, the Tigers outscored the Warriors 33-20 in the second half to take the win.

Tiger Briscoe scored nine points to lead the Warriors while Quentin Anderson added eight points.

The Warrior teams were to play Kemper County Tuesday night but that game was postponed because of the weather. Southeast Lauderdale is scheduled to visit on Thursday.