By Austin Bishop
The Winston County Journal
The Noxapater girls basketball team used three wins last week to move to 8-0 on the season and climb one spot to No. 3 in the latest MHSAA Class 1A rankings released by the Jackson Clarion-Ledger.
The Lady Tigers beat Philadelphia 50-34 last Tuesday, took a league win over Nanih Waiya 47-24 on Thursday and then rolled past Eupora 50-38 on Friday. Both the Noxapater boys and girls are set to return to action when they take part in the Winona Classic on Jan. 4 and then pay a visit to Philadelphia on Jan. 7 before hosting East Oktibbeha in district action on Jan. 10.
Brittany Triplett had 13 points and 10 rebounds for Noxapater in the win over Philly, while Hanna Hamilton had 12 points and 12 boards and Breanna Glass and Kiera Phillips scored 11 points each. Treasure Lynch added four points for the winners.
Hamilton scored 16 points to power Noxapater past NW, while Phillips scored 10 and Lynch nine. Triplett and Glass tossed in six apiece for the Lady Tigers.
Hamilton was again the leading scorer for Noxapater on Friday night as she tossed in 15 points against Eupora with Glass scoring 11 and Triplett nine. Ceanna Crosby scored eight for the winners, while Phillips hit for seven and Lynch six. Trekena Carter and Maiya McDonald scored two points each for the Lady Tigers.
The Noxapater boys picked up their first win of the season last week and it was a key one as the Tigers defeated arch-rival Nanih Waiya 51-40 to move to 1-0 in district play.
Tylon Brantley scored 21 points to lead Noxapater in the game, while Trevara Miller hit for 12, Vonte Woods eight, Dominique Corbitt four and Keonte Daniels two.
Miller led Noxapater with 17 points last Friday night in the Tigers 70-33 road loss to Eupora. Chris Johnson scored four for Noxapater, while LaAnthony Robertson had three, Brantley and Corbitt two each and Jarrius Carter one.
Miller also had a big game last Tuesday in the Tigers’ 74-40 loss to Philadelphia. He led the way for the Tigers with 16 points, while Woods and Brantley scored seven each.
In other recent games Miller and Woods scored nine each in Noxapater’s 48-27 loss to Eupora on Dec. 14; Justin Robertson and Brantley hit for 11 each in a 36-33 loss to Mize on Dec. 7; Miller hit for 20, Woods 17 and Robertson 10 in a 61-51 setback to Philadelphia on Dec. 6; and Miller scored 13 to go with six each from Robertson and Woods in a narrow 36-32 loss to J.Z. George on Dec. 3.