Panthers open with pair of hoops wins

By Austin Bishop

The Choctaw Plaindealer


After one practice with a full team, the French Camp Academy boys opened their 2013-14 basketball season with a pair of wins in the Charger Invitational at Choctaw County High School last week.

The Panthers open with a 52-39 win over East Webster and then followed it up with a 48-37 triumph over Nanih Waiya.

The Lady Panthers dropped a 45-28 decision to East Webster, before bouncing back to roll past Nanih Waiya 64-37.

The Panthers and Lady Panthers will not return to action until Jan. 9-11 when they take part in the Montgomery County Tournament.

“I was happy with our results for no more time than we have had to practice together,” said FCA head coach Tommy Ward.

Tyler Peters scored 16 points and had 14 rebounds to lead FCA in the win over East Webster, while Nyang Wek scored 12 points and Tevin Harris 10. Michael Erving scored nine for the winners, while Cortez Johnson had five points and 11 rebounds.

Wek and Erving tossed in 15 points each for the winners against Nanih Waiya, while Harris hit for 12, Peters four and Johnson two. Peters and Johnson also claimed 11 rebounds apiece.

The 4-2 Lady Panthers suffered their second loss of the season on Thursday when East Webster had a strong second half to take the 45-28 win.

“They are a tough team and are very good,” said FCA head girls coach Martha Ward. “We actually hung with them pretty well until the third quarter.”

Anna Grace MacKenzie scored 10 points to lead the Lady Panthers, while Abok Nbek scored seven and Widan Toto pulled down 11 rebounds.

Suna Kuac scored 20 points and claimed 15 rebounds to lead FCA past Nanih Waiya, while Myesha Scott scored 12 points and MacKenzie and Carlin West hit for 10 each.

“It was good to get back in the win column,” Ward said.