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Lady Knights beat Lady Warriors

By Staff
West Lauderdale's Jawanda Huggins pushes past Choctaw Central's Brittany Morris (20).
Photo by Carisa McCain/ The Meridian Star
By Marty Stamper/staff writer
Jan. 19, 2002
No team in the state has enjoyed as much success against the Choctaw Central Lady Warriors in the last four years as the West Lauderdale Lady Knights.
The West girls added another successful chapter with a 77-57 Division 5-3A win over the Lady Warriors Friday at Collinsville.
The West boys completed the sweep with a 77-51 victory.
The Lady Knights enjoyed a 53-29 rebounding advantage in their win.
Choctaw started hot, leading 8-2 just over three minutes into the game despite West claiming eight of the game's first 10 rebounds. Turnovers, however, plagued the Lady Knights in the early going.
A pair of 3-pointers from Gardner cut the Lady Knights' deficit to 13-8 with 2:46 to go in the first quarter. West scored the last nine points of the opening period to take a 17-14 lead.
The Lady Knights then scored nine of the first 11 points in the second quarter to go up 27-16.
Ashley Flint scored six straight points for the Lady Warriors to pull them to within 27-22 with two minutes left in the first half. The Lady Knights took a 35-28 lead into intermission with a 31-14 rebounding advantage being the key to their success.
Leading 44-35, West went on a 7-0 run and never led by less than 11 the rest of the night.
A pair of 3-pointers from Chantay Frazier cut Choctaw's deficit to 63-52 with 5:15 remaining, but the Lady Knights scored 12 of the next 14 points to improve to 22-3 overall and 7-1 in 5-3A.
Choctaw fell to 19-3 and 8-2.
JaWanda Huggins led West with 20 points that included a 6-of-8 showing at the free-throw line. J.J. Huggins had 18 points with Gardner scoring 14. Jennings and Lloyd both had nine.
The Lady Warriors got 14 points from Frazier, 10 from Deaundrea Johnson, nine each from Willamae Thomas and Trish Phillips, seven from Flint, and six from Brittany Morris.
West boys 77
Choctaw 51
The Knights stayed in the hunt for the top spot in the boys' 5-3A race with the 26-point win. West improved to 7-1 in the division and 18-6 overall. Heidelberg's boys are in first place with a 6-0 league mark.
The Knights took a 31-25 lead into halftime behind 15 points from Boo Ramsey, all of which came from 3-point range. Ramsey had four treys in the first quarter.
The Warriors had eight points each from Anslem Henry and Braden Sam.
The Knights scored the first 10 points of the second half with three steals by Karlos Lewis leading to six points to go up 41-25 and led by 20 (46-26) with 4:08 showing in the third period. The Warriors got no closer than 15 points the remainder of the contest.
The Knights led by as much as 31 (73-42).
Ramsey led West with 23 points. Chuck Brewer scored 14, Andre Adams and Calvin Moore both tossed in 13, and Karlos Lewis added eight.
Choctaw (5-5, 9-10) got 10 points apiece from Henry and Deon Lewis and nine from Sam.