Meridian Star

November 12, 2013

Tigers find their footing, beat Choctaw Co., 60-42

Sarah Moomaw
The Meridian Star

MERIDIAN — The Southeast Lauderdale girls' basketball team earned a bit of redemption in the young season with a 60-42 win over Choctaw County (Alabama) at home in the Southeast Classic on Tuesday night.

    Southeast dropped a two-point decision, 56-54, to Union on Saturday in the season opener. Tuesday's win elevated the reigning Class 3A champions to even (1-1).  

    "I was real disappointed on Saturday in our effort, I feel much better today," Southeast head coach Joe Miller said.

    Timara Trussell scored 17 of  her 27 points in the second half as Southeast pulled away from the visiting Tigers. Shakira Shoemaker finished the night with 10 points.

    "Timara Trussell is playing big ball for us right now," Miller said. "Played good ball on Saturday ... tonight I thought she played a really good ball game."

    The game got off a slow start with both sides missing multiple shots before Choctaw County's Tonje Willis drained the first field goal for two points with 6:30 left in the quarter. Her second basket of the night from just inside the arc knotted the game at 8-8 with 2:31 on the clock.

    The tie game forced the home team to wake up as it closed out the first quarter with a 6-2 run and opened the second on a 9-4 run capped by with a 3-pointer by Trussell.

    Choctaw County's Angelique Chess attempted to chip away at the deficit with a field goal just before the buzzer, but went halftime down 29-16.

    After the break, Choctaw County looked like it had stolen a page from Southeast, blazing out on an 8-0 to cut the game to five points, 29-24, with 5:24 left in the third quarter.

    "We made a few little mistakes, let them get back under 10," Miller said. "I was a little worried right there ... we've got a tendency that when we've got a lead to slack up and let back people back in the game. We cannot do that."

    Southeast eventually snapped the visitor's run with a sprint of its own. Shoemaker capped a 10-2 run with a layup that pushed Southeast's lead back to 10 points, 39-29, but the home Tigers didn't stop there, closing the third quarter on a 9-3 run.

    The fourth quarter opened with dueling shots, but court position played a key as Southeast's Chariea Harbin and Trussell each drained a 3-pointer during the opening six-basket exchange, 56-39.

    Choctaw County's Chess connected on a final 3-pointer to make it 60-42 with 47 seconds left in regulation, but couldn't pull any closer.  

    "I'm pretty happy with the play tonight, somethings we have to clean up. We have to hustle a little better. Our post people have to get to where they can make layups more consistently, but I understand they haven't played much either," Miller said.

    Southeast Lauderdale will not play its schedule girls-boys doubleheader at Quitman on Thursday due to both schools' football teams still being in playoffs. Instead, SOutheast will look forward to a week of Lauderdale County competition. The Tigers will host Northeast Lauderdale on Tuesday and West Lauderdale on Thursday.   

Girls' Basketball

Newton Co.    68

St. Andrews     33

    Newton County girls' basketball is off to a good start on the season, knocking of St. Andrew's 68-33 on Tuesday night.

    The Cougars raced out to a 30-4 lead after just the opening quarter. They took a 44-10 lead into halftime.

    Dallmarika King lead Newton County with 15 points. She had help from Kayla Sheppard (13), Leteshia Davis (10), Mary Snowden (7) and Kaylin McGree (6).

    The Cougars will be on their home court on Friday, when they host Choctaw Central at 6 p.m.

Central Academy    44

Newton County Academy    32

    The Newton County Generals girls' basketball team are still in search of its first win of the season after suffer at 44-32 loss to Macon Central at home on Tuesday night.

    NCA was led by Alexa Roberts and Sky Watson, each with eight points. Macon's Blake Rigdon was the game's high scorer with 15 points.

    The Generals will hit the road on Friday, playing at Park Place after the junior high teams finish.

Boys' Basketball

Newton Co. 66

St. Andrews    31

    Newton County boys' basketball completed the Cougar sweep of St. Andrew's with a 66-31 win on Tuesday night.

    After jumping out to a slim lead, 13-10 in the first quarter, they put up 21 second-quarter points to take a 34-17 lead into half time.

    The Cougars were led by DeAndre Wansley with 16 points and nine rebounds. Isaiah Lewis and Devonta Hodge each had 10 points. DeRyan Wansley had nine rebounds.

    The Cougars will be on their home court on Friday, when they host Choctaw Central at 7:30 p.m.

Newton County Academy    68

Central Academy    32

    The Newton County Academy boys' basketball team moved to even on the season with a 68-32 win over Central Academy on Tuesday night.

    The Generals used big first and third quarters to out pace the vikings.

    Nick Pennington finished the night with his first double-double of the season with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Chance COllins put up 14 points and Brandon Harriosn grabbed 11 rebounds. Drew Hillman (six points) connected on his only two shots of the game, each good for three points in the second half.

    The Generals (1-1) will hit the road on Friday, playing at Park Place after the girls' game finishes.

Meridian     73

Lainer        58

    The Meridian High School boys' basketball team picked up its first road win of the new season, topping Lainer 73-58.

    The Wildcats put up 20-plus point in three quarters en route to the victory. They were led y Devontae Brewster with 22 points and six rebounds. Joel Baskin put up 14 points. Jontavis Thomas contributed 14 points, eight rebounds and five blocks.

    The Wildcats (2-0) will open at home on Saturday against Starkville at 4:30. The Wildcat girls' will play before hand at 3 p.m.