Panthers claim two solid region victories

By Austin Bishop

The Choctaw Plaindealer


Just over a third of the way into their region schedule, the French Camp Academy Panthers find themselves with a solid 3-1 district record after a pair of wins last week.

This week has the FCA boys and girls facing a trio of league opponents, as French Camp was scheduled to host Ethel on Tuesday and McAdams on Friday before visiting Montgomery County on Saturday.

“I think we are gradually getting better,” FCA boys head coach Tommy Ward said of his 6-3 Panthers. “The key for us us being able to stay focused for four quarters. The teams we face are going to have surges, we just have to stay consistent.”

FCA held a 25-13 lead over Montgomery County at the half before holding on for a tough 57-51 win last Tuesday. The Panthers then outscored Durant 15-10 in the fourth quarter to stretch out its lead and take a 59-51 road win over the Tigers on Friday.

“Against Montgomery County we were up by 12 at the half, before they kid of surged,” Ward said. “But we were able to build the lead back up.”

Nyang Wek had 20 points and seven rebounds to lead the Panthers against Montgomery County, while  Cortez Johnson had 17 points and eight rebounds and Tevin Harris had eight points and five boards. Tyler Peters scored seven points and claimed five rebounds for the winners.

Wek scored 19 points and had six rebounds and three assists in the win over Durant, while Jesse Hosket scored 13 points and Johnson had 12 points and seven rebounds for the Panthers.

The FCA girls beat Montgomery County 68-18 in league play before falling to Durant 41-30. On Saturday the Lady Panthers posted a 51-35 win over Choctaw County in the Mid-Mississippi Challenge.

Suna Kuac had 25 points and 12 rebounds for the Lady Panthers, while Carlin West scored 12 points and Lucy Oakes had seven points and seven rebounds. Myesha Scott scored six points and dished out six assists for the winners, while Abok Nbek also scored six.

FCA led 13-1 after one quarter and 27-7 at the half.

The game with Durant was tied 10-10 at the half before the Lady Tigers outscored FCA 13-4 in the second quarter to take a 23-14 halftime lead.

“I really don’t know that we played focused,” said FCA girls coach Martha Ward of her team’s loss to Durant. “We were just 1-for-11 from the free throw line. We need to play four quarters, not just one good quarter.”

Kuac had 13 points and 14 rebounds for the Lady Panthers, while Anna Grace MacKenzie scored five points to go with eight rebounds and Scott and four points and seven boards. West also had four points.