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CRAWFORD â€“ Outside the East Oktibbeha gym Tuesday night things were cold and dreary, but on the inside, senior night featured bright smiles and hot-scoring.
The careers of Quanisha Doss, Chansity Evans, Chaurieal Jenkins, Savannah Blair, Jessica Reed and Lydia Stevenson were celebrated and the Lady Titans seniors were sent out with a 78-61 victory over French Camp Academy.
â€śThis was a big game and a big win for my seniors,â€ť East Oktibbeha coach Izella Brewer said. â€śBefore the game, I told them just go out there play ball and have fun. They did that and in the end, they got the win they deserved.â€ť
East Oktibbeha started things off scoring the first six points of the game before allowing French Campâ€™s Sonya Magee-Walker to find the basket. The Lady Titans offense then took over extending the lead to eight points midway through the first period.
Things tightened up as the first period progressed with the Lady Panthers battling back to cut the East Oktibbeha lead to three as the score stood 20-17 heading into the second.
Evans began Lady Titan scoring in the second, but it would not be long before French Camp came roaring back with an 8-0 run to take a 25-24 lead with 5:04 left in the half. The Lady Panthers lead was short-lived as East Oktibbeha engaged on a run of its own.
Highlighted by stingy defense, the Lady Titans enjoyed a 9-0 run before being stopped by French Campâ€™s Mo Scott who picked up two points from the charity stripe.
As the buzzer sounded to end the half, East Oktibbeha held onto a 33-27 lead.
Following the halftime break, action was back and forth until the Lady Titans took control late in the period to take a 54-42 lead heading into the final 8 minutes.
The final period saw the highest scoring of the night. French Camp added 19 points to its total, while the Lady Titans' time of possession was dominated by Doss who scored 14 of East Oktibbehaâ€™s 24 points as the team left the court victorious.
Doss closed her time on the East Oktibbeha home court leading the Lady Titans offensively with 35 points. Fellow senior Blair was next in the scoring category with 18, followed by Alexis Henderson with eight.
Leading the Lady Panthers was McGee-Walker who scored 30 and Carlin West with 13
Tuesday eveningâ€™s game marks the end of basketball competition in Crawford as the team will play the remainder of this seasonâ€™s contests on the road. First up for East Oktibbeha will be a trip to Noxapater on Jan. 22, followed by stints at Nanih Waiya and Noxubee County before ending the season at Ethel on Feb. 8.
East Oktibbeha 55,
French Camp 53
CRAWFORD â€“ The Titans won in a shootout.
The first period play was extremely tight as the first 8 minutes closed with French Camp leading 15-14.
The Panthers continued to lead offensively as action continued into the second period. Outscoring the Titans by three points, French Camp carried a 30-26 lead into the locker room at halftime.
Scoring was evenly spread coming out of the half time break. With both teams putting up 11, the Panthers led 41-37 heading into the final period.
After trailing the entire game, East Oktibbeha mounted an impressive comeback during the fourth period. Defensively, the Titans held French Camp to 12, while posting 18 of their own to snatch victory from the Panthers claw.
Leading the charge for East Oktibbeha was Aldemar Carter with 19, followed by Moses Hall who scored 11.
French Camp was led by Jesse Hoskett and Harrison Hilliard who scored 15 and 14 respectively.