Meridian Star


June 11, 2014

Local teams square off in summer league


MERIDIAN — Lady Warriors cruise by Union

In Game 2, Choctaw Central High School raced out to a 32-6 halftime advantage, cruising to a 64-12 win.

“We’re just getting all of our new players incorporated into what we are trying to do,” Choctaw Central coach Bill Smith said. “We’re trying to play everyone a little bit and see what we have to work on in the fall.”

Twelve different Lady Warrior players pitched into the scoring effort, headlined by Allison Meely and Darien Tubby, who poured in eight and seven points, respectively.

“We’ve got 15 different girls who can play very good ball for us," Smith said. "So we’re trying to give them each an equal opportunity of playing time.”

For Union, a squad that returns just one upperclassmen, summer league games provide an avenue for evaluation.

“We’re just trying to get better every day,” Union coach Tyler Sparks said. “We have mostly ninth graders, and we’re not worried about winning. Our focus is just trying to get better.”

Janesha Mason led the Lady Yellowjackets with six points.

“Hopefully these games help us get better at rebounding and ball handling,” Sparks said. "We’re not tall and we’re not big; we have to rebound, and we have to do it as a team.”

Newton earns second win

Diana Brown poured in a team-high seven points to lead the Lady Tigers to a 35-17 win over Northeast Lauderdale High School.

Additionally, Brown provided the dirty work in the low post, pulling down every rebound that came within her reach.

“She can rebound,” Luckett said. “She’s a little small for her position, but she battles down low. We are looking to build some more depth off of those three (Brown, Lloyd and Taylor)."

For Northeast, Tyshonda McKinney and Alexis Hendrix led the way with six points.

“We have a lot of young kids,” said Northeast coach Frederick Liddell, who plans to play up to four ninth graders in the regular rotation. “I want my kids to understand the game, especially the speed of it. Also, I want them to learn the basics and fundamentals of the game so we can best be prepared for the regular season.”

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