FCA boys, girls basketball teams qualify for state tournament

By Austin Bishop
Choctaw Plaindealer

The French Camp boys and girls basketball teams did what they had to do last week, picking up wins in the first round of the Region 6-1A Tournament being played at McAdams to secure a spot in the state basketball tournaments.

Both the FCA boys and girls finished as the No. 4 seeds, falling in the semifinals and

Photos by Stan Beall French Camp's Maher Angelo (25) fires up a jumper against Ethel.

Photos by Stan Beall
French Camp’s Maher Angelo (25) fires up a jumper against Ethel.

consolation rounds. The French Camp girls were set to open the MHSAA Class 1A Girls State Basketball Tournament at Nanih Waiya on Monday, while the Panthers traveled to face Region 5-1A champion West Lowndes on Tuesday. The winners of those games play on Friday and Saturday respectively in the second round of the tournament.

The Lady Panthers opened the tourney with a 62-33 win over Montgomery County behind 28 points from Sydney Jennings and 24 from Lucy Oakes.
Thursday night’s game saw the Lady Panthers fall behind Durant 46-18 at the half on the way to a 78-28 loss. Oakes had 12 for FCA and Jennings

 Jeff Parks  French Camp's Lucy Oakes (12) and Noxapater's Sammi Wilson (23) & Kiera Phillips scramble for a loose ball.

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French Camp’s Lucy Oakes (12) and Noxapater’s Sammi Wilson (23) & Kiera Phillips scramble for a loose ball.

eight. The Lady Panthers played Ethel tough in the consolation game on Friday night, before

Maher Angelo (25) pulls up to take a shot for FCA in recent action.

Maher Angelo (25) pulls up to take a shot for FCA in recent action.

falling 68-66. Oakes scored 21 for FCA, while Abigail Holman and Jennings hit for 12 each.&nbsp

The French Camp boys took an 80-44 opening round win over Ethel, before falling to Durant 87-76 in a hard-fought contest on Thursday and Montgomery County 65-39 in the third-place game.

Jok Nebk scored 19, Adonis Clincy 17, Isaiah Miller 14 and Maher Angelo 11 in the win over Ethel, while Nebk had 24, Angelo 19 and Miller 15 against

Stan Beall  Lady Panther Lucy Oakes banks one in off the glass while being defended by Lady Tiger Brianna Campbell early in the third period on Friday  night in Ethel.

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Lady Panther Lucy Oakes banks one in off the glass while being
defended by Lady Tiger Brianna Campbell early in the third period on Friday night in Ethel.

Durant.

French Camp held a 46-45 halftime lead over Durant, but the Tigers outscored the Panthers 22-14 in the third quarter and 20-16 in the fourth to take the win.

Nebk had 20 for FCA against Montgomery County, while Miler and Angelo scored six each.