By Ruthie Robison The Winston County Journal
Louisville The Louisville Wildcat squads have been plowing through their basketball schedule before the holiday break.
Last Tuesday, in a matchup against the Aberdeen Bulldogs, the Wildcats took a tough loss at home.
The Bulldogs managed to outscore the Wildcats in each consecutive period. Louisville scored five points in the first period while the Bulldogs put up 15 points.
In the second period, the Wildcats combined a total of 18 points. However, Aberdeen took a 39-23 lead into the locker rooms.
The Wildcats scored a total of 24 points in the second half, but the Bulldogs continued to outscore Louisville. Aberdeen picked up a 79-47 win.
The Lady Wildcats grabbed a big win last Friday after tipping off against the West Point Lady Green Wave. The Lady Cats overpowered West Point throughout each period and secured one of their biggest wins of the season, 72-33.
The following day the Lady Wildcats’ successful momentum did not go in their favor as they faced a strong opponent. The Choctaw Central Lady Warriors defeated the Lady Wildcats at home, 66-46.
After the holiday break, the Louisville Wildcat squads will host the Kosciusko Whippets with the Lady Cats tipping off first at 6 pm. on Friday, Jan 11.
Nanih Waiya The Nanih Waiya Warrior hosted the Noxapater Tigers last Tuesday night in a county matchup. The Lady Warriors and Lady Tigers tipped off first. The Lady Warriors put up a hard fought battle against the Lady Tigers. At the half, both teams were tied 12-12. The Lady Warriors put up nine points in the third period while the Lady Tigers outscored them adding 14 points.
Nanih Waiya struck in the final period of the game with 14 points cutting away at Noxapater’s lead. However, the Lady Tigers scored 10 points, which would be enough to defeat the Lady Warriors, 36-35.
The Warriors took a sweep after the Tigers defeated Nanih Waiya in the following game, 51-27.
The Tigers managed to outscore the Warriors every period except the fourth. Nanih Waiya put up eight points while blanking Noxapater. However, the Tigers held on to their lead for a victory. The Warrior squads traveled to Weir later in the week, and picked up a pair of wins against the Lion squads.
The Lady Warriors claimed their win after trailing at halftime, 14-10. The Lady Warriors outscored the Lady Lions in both periods of the second half of the game and grabbed a 37-27 victory.
In the Warriors and Lions matchup that followed, Nanih Waiya got behind the Lions early. The Warriors made an impressive rally to come back from a 50-37 deficit. The Warriors outscored the Lions 25-7 in the fourth period to defeat Weir, 62-57.
The Warriors will travel to McAdams high school Thursday, Dec. 27 where they will tip off against the Leake County Gators at 3 p.m.
The Lady Warriors will hit the court again after the holiday break on Tuesday, Jan. 8 at East Oktibbeha. The Lady Warriors and Lady Titans will tip off at 6 p.m.
Noxapater The Noxapater Tiger squads claimed a pair of wins last Tuesday at Nanih Waiya, and took a split in their matchups with the Eupora Eagle squads last Saturday.
The Lady Tigers won a close decision game against the Lady Warriors, 36-35.
At halftime, the Lady Warriors and Lady Tigers were tied 12-12. However, the Lady Tigers came back in the second half and finally claimed a one-point advantage that would hold for a win.
The Tigers defeated the Warriors in a more decisive fashion in the matchup that followed, 51-27.
The Tigers maintained the lead throughout the game and took a 51-19 advantage into the fourth period. The Warriors tried to rally late in the game adding eight points, but it would not be enough to get close to the Tiger lead.
Jesse Fulwiley led the Tigers in scoring with 24 points. Anthony Brown followed with 13 points while Tray Baber had five.
In a Saturday matchup with Eupora, the Lady Tigers were edged by the Lady Eagles 38-36.
The Lady Tigers were unable to hold a 16-15 halftime lead over Eupora. The Lady Tigers added 14 points in the third period outscoring Eupora again, 30-26. However, the Lady Eagles accumulated 12 points in the final period, six more than Noxapater. That would be enough for the Lady Eagles to secure a 38-36 close decision win.
The Tigers tipped off against the Eupora Eagles and claimed a 47-40 victory over the Eagles. The Tigers outscored the Eagles by two points in the first period, 8-6. But Eupora came back in the second to gain a 17-12 lead before the half.
Noxapater struck back in the third period putting up 23 points. Eupora posted 10 of their own and added another 13 points in the final period of the game. However, the Tigers scored 12 points, which was enough to hold onto a victory.
Fulwiley led the Tigers with 19 points while Rodney Wilmer had 10. Baber put up eight points for Noxapater while Brown added six. Trevara Miller had four points.
The Noxapater squads will travel to Eupora, Friday Dec. 21 to face the Eagles squads once again with a 6 p.m. tip off.