By Austin Bishop
The Winston County Journal
The Lady Warriors of Nanih Waiya High School picked up a big win over MHSAA Class 3A opponent Choctaw County in the Lady Charger Tournament in Ackerman on Wednesday.
For the week Nanih Waiya won one of its three girls contests, while dropping all three of the boys games.
“That was a big win for us,” said NW head basketball coach Brent Blackwell. “They tried to press it and we broke it well and didn’t commit many turnovers. We were also 9-of-13 from the free throw line, which helped.”
Kenley McMullan and Madison Holdiness scored nine points each for the Lady Warriors in the win
A day earlier the NW girls traveled to Ethel where they dropped a 46-28 decision to the Lady Tigers. Nanih Waiya trailed just 21-15 at the half and cut the lead down to just two points at one point in the third quarter.
“It just kind of blew up from there,” Blackwell said. Ethel outscored NW 19-8 in the final quarter to take the win. McMullan scored 12 points to pace the Lady Warriors while Leslie Estes hit for five and Krysten Eaves added four.
On Friday night Nanih Waiya lost 61-37 to the Lady Panthers of French Camp in the second night of the Lady Charger Tournament.
“They just hit shots and we didn’t,” Blackwell said. “We made way too many turnovers. It was 35-14 at halftime and we just couldn’t recover.” Ashley Thames and McMullan led Nanih Waiya with eight points apiece.
The Nanih Waiya boys lost to Ethel 71-47 on Tuesday, Choctaw County 59-37 on Wednesday and French Camp Academy 53-38 on Friday.
Midway through the third quarter NW was within four points of Ethel before the Tigers broke free.
“I don’t have much depth and they have a whole lot,” Blackwell said. “They run and gun and hit some big threes (six in the third quarter) and blew the game wide open.”
Jamarlo Smith scored 19 points to lead the Warriors in the game, while Isaiah Eiland hit for 11.
Size was a problem for Nanih Waiya against host Choctaw County as the Chargers kept pounding the ball inside to Tre Brown. “He is a huge guy and we couldn’t really do anything with him,” Blackwell said. Smith scored 13 points for NW, while Eiland had nine.
French Camp also gave Nanih Waiya some height and depth problems as they jumped out to an early lead and the Warriors simply couldn’t cut into it. Eiland led Nanih Waiya with 14 points, while Tristen Con hit for 10.
The Nanih Waiya boys were set to take on Grace Christian School Monday, while the Warriors and Lady Warriors play host to arch-rival Noxapater on Thursday.