Meridian Star

January 27, 2013

Roundup — West, NC to play for South State

from combined reports
The Meridian Star

MERIDIAN —     After having to overcome a slow start in Tuesday’s first-round win against St. Stanislaus, the West Lauderdale boys soccer team made certain no comeback was needed Saturday.

    Instead the Knights scored twice in the first 12 minutes and blanked host Laurel 3-0 to advance to Tuesday’s Class 4A South State championship. There, West will host rival Newton County at 7 p.m.

    “That’s what we pretty muched talked about today is that we felt like if we could get one or two in quick, that it would break their spirit,” West coach Bryan Miley said. “We did and we really controlled play the rest of the way.”

    In downing the Golden Tornadoes, West got a goal from Tyler Green and two from Tyler Germany, while Quinton Smith, Lyle Daughtery and Chris Mallette all had assists.

    “Our keeper had a really good game,” Miley added about Cody Anderson, who had 13 saves. “They got some shots on goal, but they never really threatened us. We really controlled play the whole way through.”

— Jamie Wachter

Newton County    2

Lawrence County    0

    The Cougars, who finished the Division 5-4A runners-up to West, continued its playoff run by shutting out Lawrence County at home in the second round Saturday.

    Newton County will travel to West on Tuesday for the South State championship at 7 p.m.

    No further details were reported.

— Jamie Wachter

West Lauderdale    1

Northeast Jones girls    0

    After getting knocked out of the playoffs during last year’s playoffs by Northeast Jones, the West Lauderdale girls soccer team found itself in a similar second-round meeting with the Tigers on Saturday in Laurel.

    The Knights avenged last year’s defeat to move on to the  South State championship.

    “We were kind of hoping for revenge,” West Lauderdale coach Alex George said. “We were really happy with the win today.”

    The Knights scored in the game’s opening minutes when Taylor Gray crossed the ball to Lacy Billings who put it in the net to score the game’s only goal.

    The two teams both had opportunities to score throughout the game. As the game closed down to its final minutes, George nervously waited on the sidelines. Last year, the Knights blew a one-goal lead late to the Tigers before losing in overtime. However, this year West was able to avoid a late storm by the Tigers and come out with the win.

    “I was just sitting at the end of my bench thinking oh goodness,” George said. “The momentum was much different today. I think it was more of a will to win.”

    West Lauderdale travels to play Greene County on Tuesday in the South State championship.

    “We know them,” George said of Greene County. “We’ve seen them before, and they have a good team. They have a really good play in Darby Nettles, who is a William Carey commit. We will have to deal with her and find ways in practice to be able to contain her.”

— Tony Tsoukalas


South Pontotoc girls    3

Choctaw Central    2

    The Choctaw Central girls soccer team saw its 2012-13 dream season come to a close Saturday, as the Warriors fell at home in overtime.

    “It’s a tough way to lose,” Choctaw Central coach Aaron Terrell said, “We came out a little flat and got behind early. We really outplayed them in the second half, but we tied it up and never could go ahead.”

    The two teams traded blows back and forth during the game, with Choctaw Central’s Jashnique Steve scoring both goals in regulation for the Warriors.

    The Cougars scored in overtime, taking advantage of a free kick and sending it in to the box where it was headed in for the game-winning goal.

    The loss ends a big year for the Warriors, who finished the season at 17-3 including a first district championship. Choctaw will only lose three players from this year’s team and hopes to build on this loss for next season.

    “Hopefully this will give us motivation to work harder,” Terrell said. “We should be able to bounce back next year, we have a lot of our key offensive players coming back.”

— Tony Tsoukalas


Clarkdale girls        52

Russell Christian    20

    The Bulldogs improved to 6-14 as they hammered the Warriors on Saturday.

    Anna Mabry led Clarkdale with 18 points while Latonya Adams added 14.

    Russell Christian, which fell to 6-20, was paced by Haley Fuller’s eight points and nine rebounds.

    Clarkdale visits Puckett on Tuesday, while the Warriors face Mt. Salus Christian on Monday.

— Jamie Wachter

Clarkdale boys        57

Russell Christian    47

    The Warriors fell to the Bulldogs on Saturday despite 22 points and four steals from Tyler Bolden.

    RCA, which fell to 18-5, plays Mt. Salus Christian on Monday. Clarkdale visits Puckett on Tuesday.

— Jamie Wachter


Baton Rouge        65

Meridian women    63

    The Meridian Community College Eagles dropped their second game in Miss-Lou Conference game Saturday night and in a difficult way.

    The Baton Rouge Community College Bears escaped with an overtime victory against MCC in basketball action at Millsaps College.

    Gelese Lampton led the way in scoring for the Eagles with 16 points, while former Meridian High star Reyada Stinner and Kristen Sampson each scored 13 points.

    MCC (13-8, 2-2) will return to axtion Monday night at home against Southwest Mississippi Community College at 6 p.m.

    The MCC men were in action Saturday night against Baton Rouge Community College, but the game results were not available for press time.

— from school reports


EMCC drops North Division doubleheader at Northwest

    SENATOBIA — Neither East Mississippi Community College basketball team could muster a lead Thursday night against home-standing Northwest Mississippi Community College, as the women fell 81-64 and the Lions lost 79-67 in MACJC North Division action at Howard Coliseum.

    In the women’s game, head coach Sharon Thompson’s Lions went more than five minutes between scores and better than seven minutes between made field goals to dig themselves an early 14-point hole (22-8) midway through the opening period. EMCC managed to get to within 10 points (35-25) late in the half, but Northwest went into intermission on a 7-0 run to take a 42-25 advantage at the break.

    EMCC’s Wilma Davis recorded her first collegiate double-double with season highs of 18 points and 10 rebounds. Sophomore Dajah McCarty, of Quitman, had 12 points and eight rebounds, while Janay Townsel added a season-high dozen points off the bench.

    In the nightcap, the Lions also got off to a sluggish start by trailing 9-2 four minutes into the contest. Slowed by 27-percent shooting (11-of-41) and with 14 turnovers in the opening half, the visitors trailed 39-27 at halftime.

    With their season’s leading scorer and rebounder Jarekious Bradley coming off the bench following intermission, the EMCC men chipped away at Northwest’s lead in the second stanza. The Lions got as close as two points (55-53) following a pair of Bradley free throws at the 8:10 mark, but Northwest quickly countered with back-to-back buckets to stretch the lead back out to six points.

    The Rangers essentially nailed down the victory at the line, outscoring EMCC by a 30-11 tally from the charity stripe. With the visitors being whistled for 31 personal fouls, the Rangers attempted 47 free throws on the night to just 19 attempts for the Lions.

    In dropping just their fourth decision in 41 regular-season division games played over the past four seasons, the Lions fell to 11-5 overall on the season and are now tied with Northwest Mississippi atop the division standings at 4-1.

    In one half of play, Bradley recorded his sixth double-double of the season with 25 points and 12 rebounds in 18 minutes played during the second half. Micah Walker and Mack Foster followed with a dozen points apiece for head coach Mark White’s Lions.

    The East Mississippi basketball teams will look to get back to their winning ways with a two-game home stand by playing host to Coahoma on Monday and Holmes on Thursday.

— from school reports