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Hubbs, Enochs lead DC past North Side

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

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Robert Hubbs III had 29 points including four big dunks against district rival Jackson North Side on Tuesday evening. Hubbs also added nine boards to his stats as he single-handedly dominated the game on both sides of the ball.
As the high school basketball regular season comes to a close, coaches expect that their best players are playing their best basketball. Robert Hubbs III and Makayla Enochs showed head coach Derek McCord on Tuesday night that they are playing their best basketball and are ready for the postseason campaign to begin.

Hubbs and Enochs guided the Choctaws and Lady Choctaws to double-digit victories over their district rival Jackson North Side High School. The Lady Choctaws defeated the Lady Indians 72-39 to earn a regular-season sweep for the first time under McCord's tenure while the Choctaws handled the Indians 79-61 in the later contest.

"Anytime you get a win in our district, it's a big deal," said McCord. "It was a good win for both teams."

The Lady Choctaws took early control of the game and opened up a lead of as many as 12 behind the downtown shooting of freshman Courtney Maupin. Maupin came in and gave the Lady Choctaws solid minutes off the bench and went 3 for 6 from beyond the arc for her nine points on the evening. She wasn't the only freshman standout as Amber Thompson received the starting nod in place of injured Haley Hicks, who sustained a concussion in the Lady Choctaws loss against Lake County on Saturday. Thompson performed well in her first start with five points and five rebounds. McCord noted that the trio of freshmen Thompson, Olivia Crane and Kaylee Luckett played physical throughout the game accounting for 17 boards.

However, the story of the game was Enochs, who continues to amaze with her consistent double-double performances. This time she accounted for 19 points and 16 rebounds.

"Makayla (Enochs) was just a beast tonight," said McCord. "She dominated on both ends of the floor."

The second half was where the Lady Choctaws really shined as they outscored Jackson North Side 41-18. The totals really do not reflect the whole story as the Lady Indians only scored six points in the third quarter and did not score a single point in the fourth quarter until there was less than three minutes left in the game. The Lady Indians may have nightmares revolving around Enochs, who in a quick 30-second sequence in the third quarter accounted for eight points and three boards.

"Makayla (Enochs) just gets better and better every game," said McCord. "They're a quick and athletic team and we corrected some things fundamentally in the third that allowed us to put some distance between us."

Sara Owen also was in double figures for the Lady Choctaws with 10 points. Owen also accounted for seven steals in the game.

In the boys contest, it was once again the Hubbs show as the University of Tennessee-committed senior accounted for 29 points and nine boards. Dyer County got things going early as the Choctaws scored the first 12 points in the game. By the end of the first quarter, the Indians were already down by double-digit figures 27-13. The Choctaws were able to extend their lead to 16 heading into halftime. Sloppy play ruled the second half for both teams as Dyer County would open up 20-plus point leads only to have the Indians cut the lead back down to a dozen.

"We played with a lot of energy in the first half but didn't play with that same intensity in the second half," said McCord.

Hubbs was the only player for the Choctaws in double figures in a game that allowed McCord to play everyone that dressed. Ten Choctaw players notched at least one point in the scoring column. LaMarcus Mosley was the second-leading scorer on the Choctaw squad with nine points followed by PJ Miller and DeAundre Gilton with eight points each. Freshman David Ray also had another strong performance with seven points.

"We struggled at times handling the basketball," said McCord. "We were apprehensive with their half-court trap particularly in the second half."

Free throws continue to be a concern for McCord as the Choctaws were an unimpressive 10 of 21 from the charity stripe.

The Choctaws will be back in action on Monday evening as Memphis University School comes to town to make up the game postponed earlier this month due to the ice storm. The Lady Choctaws will be back in action on Tuesday night as they take on visiting Lake County.



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