Division 5-3A hoops race tight
From Staff Reports
Jan. 13, 2002
In both the boys' and girls' standings in Division 5-3A, there are quite a few battles taking place as the season prepares to hit its stretch run.
On the boys' side in games through Saturday, Heidelberg's Oilers were at the top of the standings with a 4-0 league mark.
West Lauderdale was second with a 5-1 mark. Philadelphia was third at 4-2.
Philadelphia visits Heidelberg Monday in a key division makeup game. The game was originally scheduled for Nov. 16, but was postponed due to Philadelphia's participation in the state football playoffs.
Completing the boys' standings are Newton County at 2-2, Choctaw Central at 4-4, Carthage at 1-5 and Southeast Lauderdale at 0-6.
On the girls' side, Choctaw Central holds a slim lead over West Lauderdale and Heidelberg as all three teams have one division loss. The Lady Warriors are 7-1, while West is 5-1 and Heidelberg is 3-1 after Friday's 67-60 win over Choctaw Central at Heidelberg.
West hosts Choctaw Central on Friday.
Completing the league are defending Class 3A state champion Southeast Lauderdale at 3-3, Philadelphia at 2-4, Newton County at 0-4, and Carthage at 0-6.
The Division 5-3A Tournament will be hosted by Heidelberg, Feb. 11-16.
Division 5-2A has girls' race
The girls' standings in Division 5-2A show three teams battling for the top spot.
Williams-Sullivan of Durant leads the league with a 5-0 mark. Newton's Lady Tigers are 4-1, while Scott Central's Lady Rebels are 3-1.
Newton's only loss was at Williams-Sullivan as was Scott Central's. One of the two will pick up its second loss Tuesday when Scott Central hosts Newton.
Completing the division are South Leake at 2-2, Kemper County at 1-5, and Clarkdale at 0-6.
On the boys' side, Kemper County holds a half-game lead over Newton, despite the Tigers' win over the Wildcats on Dec. 7 at Newton.
Kemper is 5-1 in the league, while Newton is 4-1. Newton's loss was at Williams-Sullivan which is in third place with a 3-2 mark.
South Leake is 2-2, followed by Clarkdale at 1-5 and Scott Central at 0-4.
Williams-Sullivan is scheduled to host the Division 5-2A Tournament, Feb. 11-15.
Lady Rams lead Acad. 3-A
Going into Saturday's Academy 3-A road game with Central Academy, the Lady Rams of Kemper Academy were perfect against league competition with a 6-0 mark. Central was 3-3, while Heidelberg Academy was 2-2, Wayne Academy was 2-3, Newton County Academy 2-4, and Sylva-Bay Academy 2-5. The girls' standings do not reflect the result of the Jan. 8 Heidelberg-Sylva-Bay contest which was unavailable.
On the boys' ledger, the Wayne Academy Jaguars were 5-0, while the Heidelberg Rebels were 4-0. The boys' standings also do not reflect the result of the HA-SBA contest.
The Newton Generals were in third place at 4-2, followed by Kemper at 2-4, Central at 1-5, and Sylva-Bay at 1-6.
Central will host the Academy 3-A Tournament, Feb. 4-9, while Kemper will host the Academy A Central State Tournament, Feb. 11-16.
Tough holidays pay off
Meridian's tough holiday schedule apparently has paid off dividends. The Wildcats, who went a combined 2-4 in two out of state tournaments, were mentally and physically ready to handle top-ranked Columbus on Friday night.
The Wildcats pulled off the upset by holding the Falcons to just 34 points in taking the 44-34 victory at MCC's Ivy Sports Center.
Meridian is now 2-0 in Division 2-5A going into Tuesday night's game with third-ranked Starkville. They are 13-8 overall and have won straight including last Tuesday's triple overtime win at Hattiesburg.
Big game keeps Oilers first
Heidelberg's Marvin McDonald had a big 30-point game to keep the Oilers unbeaten in Division 5-3A play with the 79-53 rout of Choctaw Central on Friday night.
The Oilers improve to 4-0 in the division and remain a game ahead of West Lauderdale in the loss column.
The Oilers will host Philadelphia on Monday.
Oilers hand Choctaw loss
The Heidelberg Lady Oilers provided Division 5-3A with its first upset by knocking off the Choctaw Central girls 67-60 on Friday night.
The loss was Choctaw's first in division play after seven straight wins. Choctaw Central is now 20-2 on the season.
The Lady Oilers were able to get past Choctaw with an impressive game from Jessica Yates who tossed in a game high 28 points. Katrina Fowler chipped in 16.
Heidelberg has now won five of its last six games to improve to 11-8 on the season under second-year coach Nedra Hosey Jones.