Warriors ready to begin district play

By Austin Bishop

The Winston County Journal


While the wins and losses may not be exactly where he wants them, Nanih Waiya High School boys and girls basketball coach Brent Blackwell this his team is ready for district play that opens this week.

“I think the worst is behind us,” Blackwell said. “We have had just enough time to get ready to get things right to begin district. I think we are ready, if we can cut down on our turnovers. If we do that, we can be in any game we will play.”

The Nanih Waiya boys and girls were set to open league play at home against West Lowndes on Tuesday before hosting Sebastopol on Thursday and then visiting East Oktibbeha on Friday. League play continues the following week with a home match-up against West Oktibbeha on Tuesday, Jan. 21 and then a road trip to West Lowndes on Thursday, Jan. 23.

Last week the Nanih Waiya boys took a 49-22 win over Grace Christian on Tuesday, before the boys and girls both dropped decisions at Choctaw County on Friday.

Jamarlo Smith led the Warriors in the win over Grace Christian with 14 points, while Brady Jones had nine.

On Friday night the Warriors fell to Choctaw County 49-36. Ken McQueen hit for 11 points for NW, while Isaiah Eiland scored 10.

“It was close until midway through the third quarter, then they just blew it out,” Blackwell said.

The Lady Warriors had some struggles at the free throw line in a 39-35 loss to the Lady Chargers.

“We didn’t play poorly, but we had a few turnovers and we were 5-of-14 at the free throw line and that pretty much killed us,” Blackwell said.

Ashley Hickman led the Lady Warriors with nine points, while Madison Holdiness scored seven.