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Lady Choctaws play tough, finish fifth at Lions tourney

Sunday, December 30, 2012

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Makayla Enochs had a solid performance on Friday and Saturday. Enochs turned in back-to-back double-double performances with 14 points and 12 rebounds on Saturday afternoon against Humboldt.
The Dyer County Lady Choctaws bounced back from their opening-round defeat to the Gleason Lady Bulldogs to win two in a row and claim fifth place at the 48th Annual Martin Lions Club Christmas Tournament on Saturday.

The Lady Choctaws battled the Humboldt Lady Vikings on Saturday afternoon and defeated them soundly 65-43. After their loss on Thursday afternoon to Gleason, Dyer County faced the University School of Jackson Lady Bruins in the second round on Friday morning.

The contest began rather ominously for the Lady Choctaws as starting point guard Sara Owen suffered a small injury before the game even started. Owen sliced her finger on the door of the locker room as the team headed out onto the floor. The cut caused her finger to bleed freely and Owen had to be taken back into the locker room at the start of the second period to get the bleeding under control.

The injury however did not stop Owen from scoring 12 points on the Lady Bruins as she was perfect from the charity stripe and hit two 3-pointers in the contest. Sophomore Makayla Enochs had an even bigger game as she turned in a double-double performance with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Freshman Kaylee Luckett, who was given the starting nod after her physical play in the opening round, performed well in back-to-back games as she chipped in with seven points and accounted for four steals.

On Saturday, the Lady Choctaws were once again led by Owen with 19 points. The sophomore guard also had six steals and five assists. Owen's injury was not the only thing the Lady Choctaws had to fight through as there was an error at the scorer's table that credited the Lady Vikings with two points after Enochs hit a layup halfway through the second period. There was a stoppage in play and after the scorers and officials conferred two points were taken away from Humboldt but only one was credited to Dyer County. The discussion on the point total ensued into the half but the score stood and the Lady Choctaws came out of the locker room up by three, 27-24.

In the second half, the ladies showed some fast and furious basketball of their own as they opened up an 11-point lead by the end of the third quarter. The rest, as they say, is history as the Lady Choctaws never looked back on their way to a second consecutive victory and now winning six of their last seven games.

Dyer County received solid contributions from the bench as Amber Thompson and Amber Webb both showed aggressive styles of play. Freshman Haley Hicks and Enochs were also in double figures for the Lady Choctaws with 13 and 14 points respectively.

"Fatigue was definitely a factor," said head coach Derek McCord. "It's a marathon and not a sprint. Pressure defense wore them down. They are a much improved team but I feel good about where we are at right now."



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