Panthers looking to pick up pace in district play

By Austin Bishop

The Choctaw Plaindealer


The French Camp Academy boys and girls basketball teams are looking to get more out of their second week of region play than they did the first.

The FCA Panthers split a pair to open league play at 1-1, while the Lady Panthers dropped both of their contests. French Camp was set to play two more league contests this week, hosting Montgomery County on Tuesday, before visiting Durant on Friday.

After rallying to take a 65-62 road win over McAdams on Tuesday, the Panthers suffered their first home lost in over a year on Friday when they dropped a 65-50 decision to Sebastopol.

“We didn’t lose a game at home last year, so we are hoping to get back on track this week,” said FCA head boys coach Tommy Ward. “In the fourth quarter they just wanted it worse than we did. We actually ad a six point lead late in the third quarter.”

The game was tied 45-45 after three quarters of play before the visiting Bobcats outscored FCA 20-5 in the fourth quarter to take the solid win.

Michael Erving had 15 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Panthers, while Tevin Harris had 14 points and Nyang Wek scored 11 points to go with four rebounds.

FCA actually trailed McAdams 17-6 after one quarter of play, before outscoring the Bulldogs 38-29 in the second half to take the win.

“We fell behind early and just had to chip away,” Ward said. “We played better as the game progressed.”

Michael Erving had 21 points and four steals for the winners, while Jesse Hosket had 15 points and 10 boards and Tevin Harris had 11 points and six steals.

FCA dropped a pair of games, falling to McAdams 66-41 and Sebastopol 52-38.

The Lady Panthers trailed by just four points (25-21) at the half, only to be outscored 41-20 in the second half by the Lady Bulldogs. Myesha Scott scored 11 to lead FCA, while Suna Kuac had 10 and Carlin West eight to go with seven from Anna Grace MacKenzie.

“We just kind of fell under their pressure in the second half,” said FCA head girls coach Martha Ward. “We just made some bad choices and let them have a little run and then we couldn’t recover.”

While the Lady Panthers had a bad second half against McAdams it was the first half that did them in against Sebastopol. The Lady Bobcats held a 27-8 halftime lead as French Camp made only three of 30 shot attempts.

“I have never seen so many missed shots and there was no reason for it,” Ward said. “We came back strong in the second half and didn’t lay down and quit. There was something positive there to build on.”

Scott scored 20 to lead FCA, while Kuac had nine and West seven.