State pride will be on the line for Oxford and Lafayette Friday and Saturday nights in the Oxford High gym. All four area basketball teams will be in action Friday in the inaugural Mississippi-Alabama Challenge.
Lafayette’s Commodores and Lady Commodores will take on the LaFayette High Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs of Alabama in the first two games Friday, while Oxford’s Chargers will host the Oxford Yellowjackets and Lady ‘Jackets in the final two contests. Action begins Friday at 4 p.m., with the Lady ‘Dores (4-2 overall) taking on the Lady Bulldogs, who are 0-4 on the year according to MaxPreps.com. (December 13, 2012, Page 8)
On a night where the Oxford High gym was overflowing with fans and onlookers, it was the appearance of one former Lady Charger that made the biggest impact for a current member of the team. Former OHS standout Erika Sisk returned home to Oxford from Murray State Tuesday night to surprise her younger sister, Amber, a senior member of coach Shayne Linzy’s team.
The visit was a surprise, so much so that when Erika and another former teammate, Meisha Gillom, entered the OHS locker area four minutes before the start of the annual Crosstown Classic with Lafayette, Amber broke down with tears of joy. (December 12, 2012, Page 4B)
In a matchup that didn’t favor the Chargers from a physical standpoint, OHS coach Drew Tyler knew he had to maximize his team’s chances on offense while also getting a maximum overall effort everywhere else in order to pull out the win.
Thankfully for Tyler’s sake, the Chargers (4-5 overall) kept the game close enough to let their veteran coach work his magic in the halfcourt with set plays in the decisive fourth quarter. (December 12, 2012, Page 4B)
It was hard to tell that the Lafayette Commodores hadn’t been in the gym but for three weeks as a team during Saturday night’s game with Grenada. Lafayette led the Chargers from start to finish in its contest in the annual Coach “C” Shootout by playing tough defense, rebounding and shooting high-percentage shots.
The end result was a 60-44 win for the Commodores, who are now 2-0 for the first time in several seasons. (December 10, 2012, Page 4B)
After a first half in which the Lady Commodores (4-1 overall) missed assignments on defense and had trouble scoring, they turned things around with a key third quarter that saw them outscore Grenada 19-8. (December 10, 2012, Page 4B)
Former Lafayette High standouts, Shaq Isom and Nikki McChristian, helped lead the Northwest Mississippi Community College Lady Rangers to a 72-50 win over East Central Saturday in Senatobia. Isom scored nine points and had two assists and three rebounds in 18 minutes of action while McChristian led the team with 10 rebounds and finished with seven points in 21 minutes. NWCC is now 8-2 on the year. (December 10, 2012, Page 3B)
Lafayette will look to build on the success it garnered in the season opener against Bruce Saturday evening in the annual Coach “C” Shootout. The one-day event will be held in the LHS gym and the Commodores will play host to the Grenada Chargers at approximately 7:30.
Peggie Gillom became Ole Miss’ third Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame (WBHOF) inductee Monday, being named as one of the six-member Hall of Fame class for 2013, the WBHOF announced Monday. (July 17, 2012, Page 6)