By Austin Bishop
The Choctaw Plaindealer
It was a grueling four days for the Chargers and Lady Chargers of Choctaw County High School, but boys and girls head basketball coach Gary Beals said overall his teams fared well.
“I think anytime you can play four straight nights like that and win two and lose two that’s pretty good,” he said. “It’s a pretty good grind and they were able to stay focused and compete.”
The Lady Chargers opened the week with a 57-48 win over Ethel last Tuesday, before beginning three nights of play in the Winona Tournament. CCHS lost to J.Z. George 43-23 and Winona 56-38 before closing out the event with a solid 63-31 win over Montgomery County.
“We played fairly well,” Beals said. “We missed a lot of free throws and layups, but we can work on that. Despite the score it was close with J.Z. George for a while and we were leading Winona at halftime.”
Haley Lampard scored 15 points to lead CCHS against Ethel, while Kierra Fair tossed in 12. Shay Alston hit for a dozen points to lead the Lady Chargers in the game against J.Z. George, while Fair scored 10 against Winona. Dijadra Pratt scored 15 and Fair 12 in the win over Montgomery County.
The CCHS boys also won two of the four games they played last week, beating Ethel 45-42 and J.Z. George 57-49, while losing to Winona 66-43 and Montgomery County 61-51.
“I was very pleased with the effort and the intensity we played with on defense, we just have to make our free throws,” Beals said. “When we do that, we will win a few more ball games. We just need to keep playing well on the defensive end.”
Jamarcus Bradley scored 17 points for the winners against Ethel, while Mellow Woodard hit for 12 and Brown added 10.
Brown put together a 21-point, 15-rebound effort in the win over J.Z. George while Jay Coleman and Bradley scored 10 each.
Free throws were definitely a problem against Winona, as CCHS was only 8-of-32 from the line. Bradley scored 13 points to lead Choctaw County, while Brown had 11. Brown led the way against Montgomery County with 14 points, while Danny Woodard had 11 and Bradley 10.
Choctaw County was set to host Eupora on Tuesday, before hosting the Charger Tournament Wednesday through Friday.
Wednesday’s action has the Ethel and Caledonia girls and boys playing at 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., while the Nanih Waiya and Choctaw County boys and girls are set to face off at 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
Thursday’s games have French Camp and East Webster playing at 4 and 5:30 p.m., while Choctaw County and Ethel are set to meet at 7 and 8:30 p.m.
On Friday East Webster and Caledonia will play at 4 and 5:30 pm., with Nanih Waiya and French Camp closing out the event with games at 7 an 8:30 p.m.