Choctaw County basketball teams looking forward to future

By Austin Bishop
The Choctaw Plaindealer

While the 2013-14 season didn’t produce as many wins as he would have hoped, Choctaw County High School boys and girls coach Gary Beals said a solid foundation was laid for the future.

“Both teams are very young and I’m only losing a couple of seniors so we will have a whole lot coming back,” Beals said. “We played good at times, but we just needed some experience, which I think we got this year.”

The CCHS boys and girls closed out the season with first-round losses in the Region 5-3A Tournament played at Forest last week. The girls dropped a 52-39 decision to host Forest, while the Chargers lost to Philadelphia 66-41.

The Choctaw County girls held an 18-17 lead at the half, but were unable to hold on. “Things got a lot more physical in the second half and that hurt us,” Beals said.

Brysa Maxwell led the Lady Chargers with 18 points, while Laiana Cork hit for seven.

The CCHS boys trailed just 28-24 at the half, but Philadelphia’s depth made the difference over the last 18 minutes of the game. LaCharles Kirkwood led Choctaw County with 14 points, while Mello Woodard hit for 12 and Danny Woodard 10.