By Austin Bishop
The Choctaw Plaindealer
The East Webster girls and Winona boys basketball teams rolled through the Montgomery County Tournament without a loss. The East Webster girls are currently ranked No. 5 in MHSAA Class 2A according to the Jackson Clarion-Ledger, while the Winona boys are now 13-3 overall ranked No. 3 in Class 3A.
Kemper Academy’s basketball games at Sylva-Bay Academy ini Bay Springs were cancelled due to weather concerns.
In girls high school basketball action, the Lady Tigers of Noxapater remained undefeated with a 56-49 win over host Philadelphia, while Tyesha Davis and Tyeisha Griffin scored 17 points each to lead Louisville over Kosciusko. Other scores had Eupora falling to Calhoun City 81-39, East Webster beating Winona 55-34, Winston downing Oak Hill 37-31and Kemper County losing to West Lauderdale 59-41.
In boys games Jamarlo Smith scored 15 points to lead the Warriors of Nanih Waiya past Grace Christian School 49-22, while East Webster dropped a tough game to Winona 58-56 in overtime. In other boys results Eupora lost to Calhoun City 70-63, Louisville fell to Kosciusko 70-42, Noxapater lost to Philadelphia 61-28, Oak Hill defeated Winston 62-27, and Kemper County was defeated by West Lauderdale 69-36.
In men’s junior college basketball, Justin McCleary knocked down five 3-pointers and scored 20 points to lead Holmes to an 86-62 win over Hinds. Avery Woodson recorded 21 points and 10 rebounds to least visiting East Mississippi Community College to a 77-71 win over East Central. Jacques Johnson led ECCC with 71 points.
Jalen Cox scored 15 points to pace the East Mississippi women to a 76-68 victory over ECCC, while Tynika Bender scored 23 points for the Lady Warriors. Brandi Cook scored 15 points to lead the Holmes women past Hinds 67-58.
The boys and girls soccer games between Louisville and West Point were postponed to Jan. 18 due to cold weather.
Kentucky outscored visiting Mississippi State 48-23 in the second half to overcome a three-point halftime deficit and take a 85-63 win over the Bulldogs. Craig Sword scored 19 points to lead MSU, while Gavin Ware had 10 rebounds.
In boys high school basketball action Winona beat French Camp 62-47, Montgomery County defeated East Webster 55-31, and Winston Academy rolled past Central 66-24. In girls action East Webster defeated Montgomery County 54-15, Winona topped FCA 53-38, and Winston beat Central 58-19.
In high school boys soccer action Louisville took a 5-1 win over Choctaw Central. The girls score was not reported.
The East Mississippi Community College men rolled to a 94-61 junior college basketball win over Meridian CC, while the Lady Lions of EMCC beat the Lady Eagles 61-45. Holmes Community College dropped a pair of games to homestanding Southwest Miss., with the Bears beating the Bulldogs 87-81 and the Lady Bears posting a 61-25 win.
Derrick Millinghaus scored 16 points to help Ole Miss hold off Auburn in Men’s SEC hoops action, while the University of Southern Mississippi used 21 points from Michael Craig to post a 74-64 win over North Texas.
In women’s college basketball the Lady Rebels of Ole Miss lost to Tennessee 94-70, while the University of Kentucky lost to South Carolina 68-59.
In boys prep basketball action on Friday Winona defeated East Webster 75-40, French Camp lost to Montgomery County 63-49, Choctaw County beat Nanih Waiya 49-36, Eupora took a district win over Okolona 63-58, and Louisville downed South Pontotoc 51-42. The Noxapater-East Oktibbeha and Kemper-Calhoun scores were not reported.
In girls games East Webster beat Montgomery County 44-12, Choctaw County beat Nanih Waiya 39-35, Eupora easily handled Okolona 63-32, Calhoun Academy beat Kemper Academy 38-15, Noxapater won over East Oktibbeha 84-21 and Louisville beat South Panola 73-64.
Winona took a 55-48 win to take the Montgomery County Tournament boys title. In other boys games French Camp beat East Webster 66-41, Leake beat Winston 52-55, and Eupora defeat Madison St Joseph 57-51. Grace Christian’s games in the Tupelo Christian tournament were not reported.
In girls action East Webster beat French Camp 60-42, Neshoba Central defeated Noxapater 63-37, Winston lost to Leake 89-53, and Madison St. Joe downed Eupora 66-39.
In prep soccer action the Philadelphia boys beat Louisville 3-0, while the Philly girls topped LHS 3-2.
Roquez Johnson scored a team-high 20 points and Craig Sword was 15-of-18 from the free throw line to lead homestanding Mississippi State to a 76-72 win over Ole Miss at Humphrey Coliseum. It was the fifth straight win for the Bulldogs over the Rebels in Starkville as State improve to 11-4 on the season — one win more than MSU had all of last year.
Jarvis Summers scored 23 points to lead the Rebels, while LaDarius White hit for 16 points and Derrick Millinghaus had 15 points for the Rebels who fell to 10-5 on the year.
The University of Southern Mississippi men’s basketball team had it’s five game winning streak get snapped when homestanding Tulsa took a 75-71 win over the Golden Eagles.
The Lady Bulldogs of Mississippi State used 18 points and 11 rebounds from Martha Alwal to move to 14-3 overall and 1-2 in SEC action. The Lady Wildcats of the University of Kentucky defeated Missouri 80-69, while Ole Miss dropped a 93-79 road decision to Alabama.