NCHS has up-and-down week

By ROBBIE ROBERTSON,

It was a tale of two teams for Newton County girls’ basketball coach Cory Cleveland.

The Lady Cougars avenged a season-opening loss to Morton by whipping the Lady Panthers 56-31 to open the East Central Community College Tournament.

But then the Lady Cougars got hammered by No. 4 ranked Choctaw Central 65-23 on Friday night.

“I thought Monday was the best game we have played all year long,” Cleveland said. “We executed and did some things right and fixed some things we didn’t do right against them the first time we played.

“Then it was like two totally different teams showing up to play on Friday. We had no fire, no energy and were playing scared. We had more turnovers than we did points and that’s never good. We gave them way too many opportunities. We had 27 turnovers and they scored on almost every one of them.”

Newton County will host Kemper County on Tuesday night and play at Philadelphia on Friday night.

County 56, Morton 31

The Lady Cougars avenged a season-opening loss to Morton by putting a 25-point whipping on the Lady Panthers.

County dominated the first half as they outscored Morton 14-7 in the first and 20-8 in the second to take a 34-15 lead at the half. The Lady Cougars extended its lead in the second half as they outscored the Lady Panthers 15-12 in the third and 7-4 in the fourth.

Shantasia John led County with 21 points while Sharandon Isom had 16 points and Chelsea Giles chipped in eight points.

Choctaw Cen. 65, County 23

The Lady Cougars fell victim to the Lady Warriors as they suffered a 42-point loss in the tournament semifinals on Friday.

Choctaw led 20-6 at the end of the first and outscored County 19-4 in the second to lead 39-10 at half.

Tiffany Wilson led County with 12 points.