Choctaw Central’s Kaedre Denson reaches for a rebound during Saturday’s game with Jim Hill.
Choctaw Central’s Kaedre Denson reaches for a rebound during Saturday’s game with Jim Hill.
The Choctaw Central Lady Warriors swarmed over Jim Hill in their prep basketball opener and took a 64-23 victory Saturday.

And so the Lady Warriors have begun their quest to repeat at Class 3A state champions in girls basketball. The win came in the annual Choctaw Central Classic.

In other games in the Classic, the Choctaw Central boys defeated Jim Hill 54-44. Leake Central defeated Port Gibson 77-46 and Southeast Lauderdale bested J.Z. George 79-33.

“I thought we played well,” Coach Bill Smith said. “It was our first game and there are things we need to work on.”

Defense was the story of this game and it was all Choctaw Central with its full court press. The Lady Warriors limited the Lady Tigers to four points in the first quarter while scoring 19. In both the first and second quarters, Smith substituted his a second group in around the three minute mark and they held their own. Choctaw Central led 40-12 at the half.

The game slowed down a little in the third quarter as Choctaw Central would carry a 48-14 lead in the final stanza.

Kyarrah Grant led with 18 points while Kyannah Grant added 11 points.

The Choctaw Central boys went up 21-14 at the half of their game and held on for the victory. Dillon Farmer led with 12 points while Myric Anderson and Brias Bell both scored nine points.

Choctaw Central was to host Neshoba Central on Tuesday. The Warrior teams will visit Leake Central on Friday. Next week, they host Northeast Lauderdale on Friday, Nov. 17, and then play Starkville Nov.18 in the Neshoba Central Classic.