Fearless Lady Choctaws edge Millington 57-49
In a scene that could have been taken from David vs. Goliath, the Lady Choctaw basketball team hosted a mammoth-sized Millington squad on Friday in Newbern.
Despite the overwhelming size difference, Dyer County didn't flinch.
The result was a 57-49 victory for the Lady Choctaws in a contest where the local squad took another step in the right direction of becoming a pretty solid basketball team.
"Our girls showed no fear tonight and though we weren't able to put them away, I thought we hit some big shots down the stretch when we really needing them and that was the difference," said Lady Choctaw head coach Derek McCord. "Our bench also provided a spark for us, and when we get contributions like we did tonight, we're going to keep ourselves in a lot of games."
Makayla Enochs led DC with 15 points and six rebounds, while teammate Sara Owen also finished the game in double figures with 11 that included a 5-for-6 performance at the free throw line in the fourth quarter.
Eeonna Jackson just missed double digits and finished with nine points, while Chelsie Spence and Olivia Crane came off the bench and had seven points each.
Dyer County (8-3, 2-1) faced a tall task from the beginning when trying to contain Millington's sizable tandem of Tiara Caldwell (6'2) and Treasure Redding (6'4). Despite the size difference, the Lady Choctaws's speed as well as skill proved to be too much for the Lady Trojans to overcome.
The Lady Choctaws led 10-5 with three minutes left in the opening period before a stick back basket in the paint from Spence and another in transition by Enochs upped the advantage to 14-7. DC eventually took a 16-9 lead at the end of the quarter.
In the second, a 3-opointer from Amber Webb lifted DC in front 21-9 with six minutes to play in the half. When Millington answered with a basket from Caldwell in the paint, DC's Spence tickled the twine on a 3-pointer to answer back.
The visitors trimmed the lead to 25-18 with just over a minute to play before Lady Choctaw freshman Hailey Hicks found all net on a long 3-pointer from the concession stand to up the advantage to 28-18.
DC held a 30-18 advantage just before the half. As the final seconds ticked away, Enochs showed some range from far away by draining a 3-pointer from the top of the key with eight seconds remaining to lift the Lady Choctaws in front at the break, 33-18.
In the second half, the Lady Choctaws went ahead by as many as 18 points in the third quarter, before Millington made a strong push to get back in it in the fourth and final period.
Going to both Caldwell and Redding, the Lady Trojans went on a 13-0 run over the first five minutes of the period.
Just when the Lady Choctaws could have folded, they decided to rise up.
Enochs scored in the paint and Jackson sank two at the charity stripe before Millington was able to score. Leading 49-47, Owen was fouled and the sophomore calmly sank both free throws to give DC a four-point lead with 2:40 to play.
The Lady Choctaws never looked back, outscoring the visitors 9-4 over the final three minutes to claim the 57- 49 win.
With the win, the Lady Choctaws have won six of their last seven games.
"We're getting better, the girls are having fun and that is exciting," added McCord. "This was a big test for us and I thought the girls really responded to the challenge against a good Millington team."