Quinton triple-double pushes DC to OT win at Paris

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

One of the longer trips the Dyer County Choctaws will make this season was made even longer on Monday night as the orange and white needed an extra frame and a triple double from center Rico Quinton to beat Henry County in Paris in overtime 82-78.

“It’s one of the tougher places to play on our schedule,” Dyer County head coach Derek McCord said. “It’s just a very difficult task to go in there and win.

“We’ve had a lot of success in there in the past, but it’s never easy. They shot the ball well tonight, hitting 14 three-pointers.”

McCord added what makes the Patriots hard to guard is the sheer number of shooters on the court for Henry County at any given time.

“They keep you spread out in space, but, once again, defense is the key for our guys and I think we turned up the pressure at the right time.”

Leading the way for the Choctaws was Quinton, who’s 30 points led four Dyer County players in double figures to go along with his 14 rebounds and 11 blocks.

“What an amazing night with a triple-double,” McCord said.

After Henry County battled back to tie the game at 71-71 at the end of regulation, the Choctaws responded to take a lead early in the overtime frame thanks to six points from Quinton. Though the Patriots rallied to tie it late again, the Choctaws responded with some key free throws from Quinton and Josh Livingston to help secure the four-point win on the road.

Tray Swift added 17 points to Quinton’s total while Livingston added 15 and Jefhry Taylor tossed in a dozen.

“Tray Swift, thrust into the starting lineup tonight, and sophomore guard responds in a big way,” McCord said. “17 points and a bunch of steals. His defense was good.

“I had a good feeling about Tray coming over here to the ballgame tonight. Livingston hit some big free throws in overtime. Jefhry Taylor continues to do a solid job from the point guard spot.”

The win improves the Choctaws’ record to 7-0, all on the road.

Henry County girls 71, Dyer County 53

An already banged-up Lady Choctaw team saw their halftime lead disappear as the Lady Patriots outscored DC’s girls 45-21 in the second half to take the 18-point win.

McCord is quick to point out it’s not time to hit the panic button on the Lady Choctaws, who now sit 3-4 on the year.

“We’re not ready to hit the panic button yet,” McCord said. “We’ve just got to get healthy.

“And, some that are back playing are not in game shape. It’s going to be a process and our girls understand this.”

After spending much of the first half on the bench with an ankle injury, Dyer County’s Amaria Pugh returned in the third quarter to score 11 during the Lady Choctaws’ 17-point performance in the frame. But, Henry County got a dozen from Gracie Osborn to lead the way for the Lady Patriots who took a 51-47 lead into the final frame.

During the third quarter, the Lady Choctaws were dealt another serious blow as freshman Ciara Taylor left the game with a knee injury and did not return. Taylor will be re-evaluated on Tuesday.

Henry County then dominated the final frame 20-6 to secure the win.

“Until we get into the district season, these games, while they are games, these games aren’t district games,” McCord said. “We’re just hoping to get everybody healthy by the time we start league play.”

Torri Daniels led the way with 19 points while Pugh added 17. Taylor tossed in 12 before leaving the game.

“Uncharacteristically, we’ve really struggled shooting the basketball,” McCord said. “And, that’s something we’ve really spent a lot of time on.

“I thought Ciara Taylor gave us some great minutes off the bench until she went down with a knee injury. We had a lot of girls hit the floor hard during the girls game.”

Dyer County returns to action on Friday when the Choctaws and Lady Choctaws host Millington beginning at 6 p.m.

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