Meridian Star

February 12, 2014

One more time

Choctaw Central finishes unbeaten in 5-3A play

The Meridian Star

MERIDIAN — Staff reports

Heading into Tuesday night’s contest, Southeast Lauderdale and Choctaw Central girls had split a pair of games this season.

In the rubber match, Choctaw Central took a 64-51 win and clinched the 5-3A regular season title.

“We are playing pretty good right now,” Choctaw coach Billy Smith said. “We have won 10 in a row and that win clinches the regular season for us.

“Any time you beat Southeast, it’s a big win. The girls knew what was at stake and really played well in the second half.”

The game was close throughout the first half as Choctaw led 19-15 at the end of the first and 33-29 at the half.

“It was a good game for three quarters,” Southeast coach Joe Miller said. “I thought we played hard in the first half and did a good job of keeping the game close. They just outplayed us in the last quarter. We just don’t have much depth and I thought we got a little tired and they just kept on applying pressure. We are making a lot of mistakes right now but the kids are playing hard and that’s all I can ask.”

Southeast, now 19-8 on the year and 7-2 in 5-3A play, outscored Choctaw 15-14 in the third quarter before the Lady Warriors got some timely shooting from Lashayla McMillan to put the game away. Choctaw outscored Southeast 17-7 in the fourth to pull away with the win.

Tia Larkin led Southeast with 22 points and 10 rebounds while Chariae Harbin had 15 points.

Candace Lasiloo led Choctaw Central with 19 points while McMillan had 15 points. Kyree Bell chipped in 13 points.

Southeast finishes the regular season on Friday night when they travel to Choctaw County and will then play in the Division 5-3A tournament at Forest next week.