Hot-shooting Durant tops Lady Chargers in opener

By Austin Bishop

The Choctaw Plaindealer


The Choctaw County High School Lady Chargers ran into a three-point barrage on Saturday morning, as Durant knocked down five three-pointers in the first quarter on the way to a 57-23 win in the Ethel Classic.

CCHS was set to host Montgomery County on Tuesday in the first home varsity basketball game in the history of the school, before taking part in the Caledonia Tournament on Thursday and Friday.

“We are really looking forward to playing our first home game,” said CCHS head coach Gary Beals on Monday morning. “The girls are really excited about it.”

“Those three-pointers in the first quarter really hurt us,” Beals said of the season-opening loss to Durant. “We just got behind, then weren’t able to score. We handled their pressure real well, but once we got down there we couldn’t put it in the basket. But, that will come.”

Niquya Gardner, Shay Alston, Dee Pratt, Tatum Southern, Kierra Fair and Savannah Thompson all shared the scoring honors for CCHS against Durant.

The Lady Chargers — who are starting a senior, junior, sophomore and two freshmen — were set to take on Hamilton at 4 p.m. on Thursday in the Caledonia Tournament, before facing the host team at 6 p.m. on Friday.