By Austin Bishop
The Choctaw Plaindealer
The Choctaw County High School boys and girls basketball teams move into their third week of region play looking for some positive results.
CCHS head boys and girls basketball coach Gary Beals said his teams have played well at times, but have fallen just short. Both teams lost heartbreakers at home against Philadelphia on Thursday, with the girls falling 54-51 and the boys losing 63-61 on a near half-court shot.
Earlier in the week the Lady Chargers lost to Forest 50-35, while the boys lost 67-39. The CCHS girls also lost to French Camp 51-35 in the Mid-Mississippi Challenge on Saturday.
“The girls were really in two close games earlier in the week,” Beals said. “We had a chance to win either of them.
CCHS only trailed Forest 23-22 at the half, but the Lady Bearcats outscored Choctaw County 16-6 in the third quarter to take control of the contest. Against Philadelphia the Lady Chargers were only 1-of-17 from the floor in the first half half as they only scored eight points in the first 16 minutes of the game, but rallied hard to score 43 second-half points to almost post the come-from-behind win.
“One thing is that the girls didn’t quit in the second half,” Beals said of the loss to Philly. “They kept on playing. In the loss to Forest we played well in the first half, but we just ran out of juice.”
Kierra Fair scored 15 points to lead Choctaw County against Philadelphia, while Brysa Maxwell scored 13 and Tiara Conner eight. Maxwell hit for 11 against Forest, while Shay Alston added 10.
La Charles Kirkland and Isaiah Hunt scored eight points each for the CCHS boys in the loss to Forest, while Jamarcus Bradley scored seven.
“The loss to Philadelphia was a heartbreaker,” Beals said. “We had a good chance to win that one.”
Even after Philly made the desperation shot to take the lead, CCHS had a chance to tie or win the game, but the shot didn’t fall.
Bradley had 15 for the Chargers, while Danny Woodard scored 15, Trey Brown 12 and Kirkland 11.
Choctaw County was set to visit Southeast Lauderdale on Tuesday before traveling to Raleigh on Friday.