Lady Choctaws, Choctaws sweep Henry County
For the second time in two weeks, Dyer County met with a patriotic opponent and came away with a pair of wins as the Choctaws and Lady Choctaws swept Henry County on Tuesday night in Paris.
The Lady Choctaws fell behind early but battled back to lead at the end of each of the four quarters to take a 63-51 victory over the Henry County girls.
In the nightcap, the Choctaws jumped out to a double-digit lead early and never looked back on the way to their 66-43 win over the Patriots in Paris.
Dyer County girls 63, Henry County 51
The Lady Choctaws built on a one-point first-quarter lead to hold off the Lady Patriots while slowly adding to their lead on the way to their second victory in a fortnight over Henry County.
Dyer County got a three-pointer and a trio of free throws from Torri Daniels to pace the Lady Choctaw effort in the opening frame as Katelyn Anderson added a three-pointer to buckets from Alexis Akins and Amaria Pugh as Dyer County took a 13-12 lead at the end of the opening frame.
The Lady Choctaws got seven points from Katelyn Anderson in the second frame. Along with four more points from Akins and a Pugh three-pointer to add slightly to the Dyer County lead, the Lady Choctaws took a 27-24 lead at the break.
A 20-point effort in the third frame by the Lady Choctaws benefitted from six points apiece by Akins and Daniels – who hit a pair of three-pointers in the frame. Katelyn Anderson, Pugh and Jam’ya Glenn also had buckets as Dyer County extended its lead to 47-37 at the end of three frames.
The Lady Choctaws put the game away in the final frame, as eight points from Pugh and a three-pointer by Akins helped the Lady Choctaws outscore the Henry County girls 16-14 down the stretch to seal the win.
Pugh and Akins each had 15 to lead the way for the Lady Choctaws while Katelyn Anderson scored 14 and Daniels tossed in 13.
Dyer County boys 66, Henry County 43
The Choctaws took the lead by a dozen after the opening quarter and never looked back as Dyer County took the win over the Patriots.
Vinson Taylor gave the Choctaws a spark during the opening quarter as the senior led the way with a pair of three-pointers as part of an 11-point frame to help Dyer County take a 19-7 lead at the end of the first frame.
Taylor continued to lead the way in the second frame, adding eight more points to his ledger in the final eight minutes of the first half. Dyer County also got six points from Rico Quinton and four each from Luke Tyler and Caleb Ball as the Choctaws took a 41-21 lead at halftime.
During a more-balanced third quarter, Tyrese Bell and Luke Tyler had three-pointers to go along with four points from Quinton as the Choctaws pushed their lead to 55-33 heading into the final frame.
In the fourth quarter, the Choctaws outscored Henry County 11-10 to seal the win for Dyer County.
Taylor led the way for Dyer County with 19 points while Quinton had 14 and Tyler added 12.
Dyer County returns to action on Friday night when the Choctaws and Lady Choctaws head to Jackson to face Liberty Tech at 6 p.m.