The Lady Choctaws went into Thursday's Martin Lions Club Christmas Tournament with some wonderful Christmas cheer. The Dyer County girls have been flying high this season and were riding a four-game win streak heading into the opening match against the Gleason High School Lady Bulldogs. However, any thoughts the Lady Choctaws had of winning the tournament were quickly eliminated, as they fell to the Lady Bulldogs 51-44.
The Dyer County girls found themselves in foul trouble early in the game as Makayla Enochs, Eeonna Jackson and Kaylee Luckett all picked up two fouls by the end of the first quarter. The Lady Choctaws were called for 28 personal fouls in the game while the Lady Bulldogs were only called for 16. The early foul trouble hurt Dyer County in the second quarter as they dug themselves into a deeper hole after trailing Gleason 12-6 to start the period. The Lady Bulldogs would score 10 points in the second quarter, all at the charity line as they took a 10-point lead into halftime, 22-12.
Without Enochs' presence in the middle, Haley Hicks and Sara Owen attempted to fill the void and led the team in scoring with 11 and 10 points respectively. However, they were unable to match Gleason's top scorer Briana Jones, who had 19 points on the afternoon.
The Lady Choctaws had an opportunity to win the game as they outscored the Lady Bulldogs 27-12 in the third period to take a 39-34 lead heading into the final period. Led by Jones, who scored 8 of her 19 points in the final quarter, Gleason battled back and tied the game at 44 with less than three minutes to play. The Lady Bulldogs would take the lead with 2:15 left to play at 46-44. Dyer County had an opportunity to tie the game but missed two key free throws and they would never threaten Gleason again for control of the game.
Gleason outscored Dyer County 17-5 in the final period.