Basketball in county wrapup before holidays

By Ruthie Robison The Choctaw Plaindealer

Ackerman The Ackerman Indians traveled to Eupora Tuesday, Dec. 11 to tip off against the Eagles. The Lady Indians took the court first against the Lady Eagles, and dropped a 39-35 close decision.

Iasia Lee led the Lady Indians with 14 points while Bridgette Robinson followed with 10. Khadijah Ashford scored five points.

The Indians followed with another close outcome that did not go in Ackerman’s favor. Eupora grabbed a 43-40 win over the Indians.

Lenny Taylor led the Indians scoring 19 points. Mark Bradley scored 10 while T.C. Hatchett scored eight points for Ackerman.

The Indians hosted the Hamilton Lions last Friday and took a sweep.

The Lady Indians tipped off first with the Lady Lions. Hamilton grabbed the lead early and claimed a 60-41 victory over Ackerman.

Robinson led the Lady Indians with 19 points while Lee scored 17.

After gaining a 25-23 lead going into halftime, the Indians fell short in the second half of the game to the Lions, 50-43.

Willie Miller scored 13 points while Taylor followed with 12 points. Hatchett scored nine points while Mark Bradley scored eight.

After the holiday break, the Indians will play Tigers again, Friday, Jan. 4. at Ethel with a 6 p.m. tip off.

French Camp The French Camp Panthers finished their hoops schedule before the holiday break. The Panthers and Lady Panthers both traveled to West Lowndes Tuesday, Dec. 11 in matchups against another group of Panthers.

The Lady Panthers tipped off against West Lowndes first. During the first period, the Lady Panthers had an 8-6 advantage over West Lowndes. However, in the second French Camp was outscored by four points. The Lady Panthers trailed West Lowndes 14-12 entering the half.

The third period the Lady Panthers made a comeback scoring 21 points and outscoring West Lowndes by 11 points. The Lady Panthers held a 33-24 lead. However, Lady Panthers of Lowndes County rallied in the fourth period to claim a 51-44 victory.

Sonyae McGee-Walker scored 21 points for the Lady Panthers. Suna Kuac scored 10 points while Myesha Scott scored six. Abok Nbek scored five points for the Lady Panthers.

The Panthers split the matches taking home a 72-51 win. French Camp trailed West Lowndes in the first period, 22-19. French Camp scored 19 points three consecutive periods to overwhelm West Lowndes 57-38 by the end of the third period. The Panthers capped their win with an additional 15 points in the fourth period.

Dre Carter led the Panthers scoring 23 points. Lamin Sillah scored 14 points while both Cortez Johnson and Jesse Hosket scored 10 points each.

Last Friday, the Panthers hosted the Ethel Tigers. Both French Camp squads grabbed a pair of wins against the Tigers with the Lady Panthers tipping off against Ethel first.

The Lady Panthers controlled the game scoring 13 points in the first period while keeping the Lady Tigers blank. Both teams scored 12 points each in the second period. However, the Lady Panthers had a 25-12 lead over Ethel at the half.

The Lady Panthers picked up eight points in the third period and 15 in the fourth to cap their 48-20 win.

McGee-Walker led with 14 points. Kuac followed with 12 points while Carlin West and Scott had five points each.

The Panthers followed outscoring the Tigers in each period to secure a 63-38 win. By the half, the Panthers went to the locker rooms with a 33-19 advantage.

In the third period, the Panthers scored 13 points and led 46-27. In the fourth period, French Camp secured their win for a Panther sweep scoring an additional 17 points. Carter led with 23 points while Hosket followed with 14 points. Johnson scored 10 points while Sillah scored seven.

The Panthers hosted the Hatley Tigers Saturday, Dec. 15. The Panthers dominated the Tigers in each period and picked up a 69-41 win over Hatley.

Carter led the Panthers with 26 points. Hosket followed with 17 points while Johnson had eight points.

The Panther squads will not hit the court again until Tuesday, Jan. 8. French Camp will take a short trip to tip off against the Weir Lions. The Panthers will follow that matchup later in the week, Dec. 10, with games against the Nanih Waiya Warriors. Tip off is set for 6 p.m.

Weir The Weir Lions squads are cutting away at their basketball schedule.

On Tuesday, Dec. 11, the Lion squads tipped off against the Ethel Tigers. The Lady Lions faced the Tigers first. The Lady Lions controlled the first period and outscored Ethel 18-3. The Lady Tigers added 13 points in the second period, two points more than the Lady Lions. However, Weir continued to hold a 29-16 advantage over the Lady Tigers into the half.

The Lady Lions put up 11 points in the second half to secure a 40-27 victory over Ethel. Brianna Baber led the Lady Lions with 15 points while Lanikki Patterson followed scoring 13 points. Cordasha Woodard and Somiya Forrest scored six points each.

The Lions dropped their following match against the Tigers, 65-30.

The Lions got behind the Tigers early in the game, and only scored three points in the first period. However, in the second period Weir scored a game high of 17 points. The Lions continued to trail at the half, 34-20.

The Tigers dominated the second half of the game. Ethel claimed the win splitting the matches.

Demontay Henley led the Lions with 11 points. Fredrico Love and Willie Miller followed with six points each.

The Lion squads hosted the Nanih Waiya Warriors last Friday.

The Lady Lions tipped off against the Lady Warriors first. The Lady Lions trailed after the first period 7-3. In the second period, Weir chipped away at the Lady Warriors lead before the half scoring seven points to match Nanih Waiya.

After the half, the Lady Lions rallied scoring 12 points to take away the Lady Warrior lead, 22-19. But Nanih Waiya came back in the final period outscoring Weir by six points and took home a 37-27 win.

Patterson and Forrest led the Lady Lions with seven points each. Lavetra Cheaton followed with six points while Shawnette Gibbs had four.

Nanih Waiya picked up another win Friday in a matchup with the Lions.

The Lions controlled the first half of the game scoring 20 points consecutively. Weir had a 40-28 advantage over the Warriors before going to the locker rooms.

After a low scoring third period, the Lions held on to the lead. In the fourth period, Nanih Waiya overpowered the Lions with 25 points while Weir was only able to score seven. Nanih Waiya took home a 62-57 win.

Mello Woodard led the Lions in scoring with an impressive 29 points. Jeremy Miller followed with seven. Willie Miller and Willis Cork each had six points during the game.

The Lion squads will host the French Camp Panthers after the holiday break Tuesday, Jan. 8. Later in the week, Weir will travel to East Oktibbeha for hoops action on Friday, Jan. 11.

Both tip offs are scheduled for 6 p.m.