By Austin Bishop
The Choctaw Plaindealer
The Choctaw County High School boys basketball team finished the week strong, taking a pair of games in its own invitational tournament.
After opening the week with a 54-49 loss to Eupora on Tuesday, the Chargers bounced back to beat Nanih Waiya 60-38 and Ethel 60-51 to even their record at 5-5 on the season.
Choctaw County trailed 21-7 after one quarter of play against Ethel, but turned it on to take the nine-point win. “We just missed some layups and free throws early,” said CCHS head coach Gary Beals, “ and they came in hot. We just kept working on them with our press and outscored them big in the second half.”
Jamarcus Bradley scored 23 points to lead Choctaw County in the game while Tre Brown scored 12.
Four Chargers scored in double figures in the big win over Nanih Waiya. Bradley hit for 15 points, while T.Q. Brown had 13, Tre Brown 11 and Mello Woodard 10.
Bradley scored 12 points to lead CCHS in the loss to Eupora, while Danny Woodard scored 10.
The Lady Chargers lost to Eupora 54-49 and Nanih Waiya 39-25, before bouncing back to take a tight win over Ethel 29-27.
Brianna Montgomery hit a basket at the buzzer for CCHS against Ethel on a put back. “It was a good way to finish the week,” Beals said. “We are playing a lot of young girls. At times in the game we have three freshmen and an eighth grader on the floor at the same time.”
Kiera Fair led Choctaw County with nine points against Ethel, while hitting for a team-high 11 against Nanih Waiya.
Free throw shooting told the story for Choctaw County in the loss to Eupora last Tuesday.
“It was back and forth the whole game,” Beals said. “But, we just missed too many free throws. You can’t win those kind of games if you miss too many free throws.”
Shay Alston scored 13 points to lead CCHS in the game, while Brysa Maxwell scored 11 and Fair had nine.
The Chargers and Lady Chargers were set to visit East Webster on Monday before taking off for the Christmas holidays.