By Austin Bishop
The Choctaw Plaindealer
Choctaw County head boys and girls basketball coach Gary Beals is hoping a pair of solid wins over Nanih Waiya last week will help propel his teams into Region 5-3A play that begins this week.
CCHS was set to host Raleigh on Tuesday and Choctaw Central on Friday to open league play. The next week Choctaw County faces Forest and Philadelphia on Tuesday and Friday, before the Lady Chargers host the Mid-Mississippi Challenge on Jan. 25.
Choctaw County was set to host Ethel last Tuesday but that game was postponed. A make-up date has not been scheduled as of yet.
On Friday the Lady Chargers took a 39-35 win over Nanih Waiya, while the CCHS boys beat the Warriors 49-36
“I was very well pleased,” Beals said of his team’s win over the Lady Warriors. “We made a couple free throws down the stretch to extend our lead. The kids played hard. It was a very big positive going into division play.”
Kierra Fair scored eight points for CCHS, while Tierra Conner had seven.
Mello Woodard scored 12 points to lead the Choctaw County boys against Nanih Waiya, while Danny Woodard had nine, T.Q. Brown eight and LeCharles Kirkwood seven.
“We were a little sloppy there at the end,” Beals said. “We only made one of 10 free throws in the fourth quarter. We have got to learn how to finish games late.”
The win improved the Choctaw County boys to 7-5 on the year, while the Lady Chargers are 5-8.