Behind the shooting of Darien Tubby and Kyarrah Grant, Choctaw Central ran past Independence 89-56 to repeat as MHSAA Girls Class 3A State Champions at the Mississippi Coliseum on Saturday afternoon.
It is the Lady Warriors seventh state title in school history.
“This was the best shooting day we had in a long time and was also one of the better games we played all year and couldn’t have picked a better game to do it,” said Choctaw Central Bill Smith. “This result is for all the hours in the gym practicing. These girls put a lot of effort into this and are well deserved.”
The Lady Warriors (34-1) made a case to be the top-ranked team in Mississippi.
Choctaw Central’s lone loss this year came to Memphis Central by one point in at the Kiwanis Classic at Booneville.
The Lady Warriors defeated Starkville, Olive Branch and 1A state champion Pine Grove.
“One of our goals that beginning of the year was to go undefeated, but that didn’t happen however we beat some of the top teams in the state,” Smith said. “Just took care of business and for these seniors I couldn’t be more proud of them.”
The Lady Warriors would have five players score in double digits.
Kyarrah Grant had a game-high 20 points to lead Choctaw Central, while Lacrisha Williams added 15 points. Kyannah Grant had 13 points and Kaedre Denson chipped in 10 points for Choctaw Central.
Point guard Darien Tubby had 17 points, dished out six assists and had six steals to lead the Lady Warriors and was named the games Most Valuable Player.
“We were just trying to win that’s all. There was no specific game plan and it was all exciting,” Tubby said. “I couldn’t have done this without my teammates. They push me all the time and I can’t thank them enough.”
Tekeria Newson had 14 points to lead Independence, while Davion Watt added 10 points for the Lady Wildcats (26-7).