By Austin Bishop
The Choctaw County High School boys basketball team improved to 12-0 by winning three games in the East Webster Christmas Classic last week and taking home the championship trophy.
Choctaw County’s Mello Woodard was named MVP of the event, while CCHS teammates Danny Woodard, Jay Coleman and Quanderious Yarbrough were named to the all-tournament team.
CCHS opened the tourney last Monday with a tough 51-49 overtime win over Kosciusko, before following that up with a 64-59 win over Starkville Academy in the semifinals and a 68-52 win over Oak HIll in the finals.
The CCHS boys and girls will be taking on Nanih Waiya in the East Webster Tournament on Thursday, before facing the winner of the games between Ethel and East Webster on Friday night. Both squads take part in the New Site Shootout on Saturday with the boys facing host New Site and the girls taking on Neshoba Central.
“We had the lead and kind of blew it and then hung on there at the end,” CCHS boys head coach Gary Beals said of the win over Kosciusko.
Coleman led the winners with 12 points, while Marquise Triplett scored 11 and Akeem Kirkwood 10.
Coleman knocked down a pair of 3-pointers and he and Danny Woodard scored 13 each to lead CCHS in the win over Starkville Academy. Mello Woodard and Akeem Woodard added 10 points each for the Chargers.
“It was just one of those games where we played hard and did the things we were supposed to do and got out of there with a W,” Beals said.
Mello Woodard connected on five 3-pointers for a 21-point night against OHA in the finals, while Danny Woodard had 16 points and Yarbrough 10.
The Lady Chargers opened the tournament with a 64-58 win over Kosciusko, before losing to Starkville Academy 53-44 in the semifinal game, then falling to Oak Hill 57-53 in the consolation finals.
No individual scorers were reported for CCHS.
The Panthers and Lady Panthers of French Camp Academy both entered the second half of their 2015-16 seasons looking for their second wins of the year.
FCA was set to take part in the Montgomery County Tournament Thursday through Saturday, before opening region play on the road against McAdams on Tuesday.