Facing North Side in a pair of district contests, Dyer County head coach Derek McCord knew both the Lady Choctaws as well as Choctaws would need to play well to come away with victories.
Both played well.
In the opener on Friday night the youthful Lady Choctaws, behind 17 points and 20 rebounds from sophomore Makayla Enochs, defeated the Lady Indians 59-54.
In the nightcap, though senior Robert Hubbs III was held to 17 points, the Choctaws handled their business by holding off the Indians 66-57.
The end result of both contests was a perfect start on the district schedule for the DC squads, something that had McCord feeling pretty good once the games were over.
"I'm proud of both teams for the way they came in and got the job done," said McCord. "Playing at North Side is always a tough environment, but our kids played well and games like these will just make both teams better."
In the girls contest, DC's Enochs was stellar from start to finish. The 17-point, 20-rebound performance drew praise from McCord afterward.
"Makayla just dominated around the lane all night long," said McCord. "She has so much potential and I thought she played up to that potential tonight. She's just a sophomore and she will continue to improve as the season goes along, but she was huge for us tonight."
Also earning high marks was Lady Choctaw point guard Sara Owen. Though the sophomore fouled out of the contest with three minutes to play, she finished with 19 points and four assists.
Also finishing in double figures for the Lady Choctaws was freshman Hailey Hicks. The pint-sized bomber finished with 10 points, five assists and six rebounds.
In the nightcap, a smothering defensive effort by the Indians in an attempt to slow down Hubbs only allowed other players the opportunity to step up. Though Hubbs was limited to 17 points, he was 13-of-16 at the charity stripe while grabbing 13 rebounds.
"They were just all over Robert tonight," said McCord. "Anytime he touched the ball there were two and three players all around him the entire game."
While Hubbs was somewhat limited in point production, Markeston Bostic picked up the slack by finishing with 11 points. Also making a big contribution for the Choctaws was Darrion Cliff, a freshman McCord said came up big early and finished with nine points.
"Darrion hit two big 3-pointers for us when we really needed it. He's a kid that is getting better and better and we'll need him to play big minutes for us as the season goes."
DC led the contest 34-27 at the half.
The Dyer County squads will return to action on Monday when they host Henry County at DCHS beginning at 6 p.m.