By Austin Bishop
The Choctaw Plaindealer
The Choctaw County High boys and girls basketball teams went into Tuesday night’s opening round of the Region 5-3A Tournament in similar situations — a win assures them of at least three more games; a loss brings a close to the season.
The CCHS boys were set to take on Philadelphia at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday in the tournament set for Forest, while the girls were scheduled to take on host Forest at 7 p.m.
The winner of the Choctaw County-Philly boys game advances to Thursday’s semifinals against top-seeded Southeast Lauderdale, while the CCHS-Forest girls winner takes on No. 2-seeded Southeast Lauderdale. The consolation round and finals are set for Friday.
The Choctaw County girls split a pair of games last week, taking a 53-51 win over Philadelphia, before dropping a 50-37 decision to Southeast Lauderdale.
“We played hard, but we just ran out of gas,” CCHS head coach Gary Beals said of his girls loss to SEL. “They (Southeast) know how to win.”
Eighth-grader Brysa Maxwell scored 23 points for Choctaw County in the game, while Shay Alston hit for 13.
Three Lady Chargers scored in double figures in the win over Philadelphia. Alston led the way with 14, while Maxwell had 11 and Kierra Fair 10. Haley Lampard also scored eight.
“It was a big division win for us,” Beals said. “It gives us a little momentum headed into the tournament.”
The Choctaw County boys lost to Philadelphia 79-40 and Southeast Lauderdale 62-47.
Jamarcus Bradley led the Chargers with 16 points, while Mello Woodard had 10 points and Danny Woodard eight.