Basketball season ends for Calhoun City teams

Calhoun City’s basketball teams were both eliminated from the playoffs this week by a pair of teams from Coahoma County.

It was Coahoma AHS that knocked out the Wildcats Tuesday night 74-60.

Chakel Gates led the Wildcats with 17 points. Brieton Sykes added 16, Lavarious Varnado 12. Trey Allen scored 28 for Coahoma.

Chakel Gates

Lavarious Varnado converted a layup in the closing seconds to lift Calhoun City to a 71-69 overtime win over Potts Camp in the Region 2-2A Championship last Friday night in Walnut.

The Wildcats, who finished third in the region in the regular season, marched through the tournament with wins over Strayhorn and Hickory Flat before Friday’s title game.

Austin Burl and Chakel Gates each scored 18 points for the Wildcats Friday night. Brieton Sykes added 12.

Varnado, Burl, and Andrekus Ezell were named to the all-tournament team. Chakel Gates was named tournament MVP.

The Wildcats played one of their best games of the season in defeating Hickory Flat 61-57 in the tournament semifinals.

The game was close throughout with ‘City’s largest lead at seven points.

The Wildcats led by only two with 30 seconds to play with Hickory Flat at the free throw line after Andrekus Ezell and Lavarious Varnado had both fouled out.
Hickory Flat could only hit one of the two free throws to pull within one. They immediately fouled Jean Chairse who also hit one of two free throws to return the Wildcats’ lead to two points.

Chakel Gates, who finished with 25 points, then came up with a big steal at midcourt and hit free throws to give the Wildcats a four point lead and secure the victory.

Other Wildcat top scorers were Lavarious Varnado 13 points and Brieton Sykes 10.

The Calhoun City Lady Wildcats’ season came to a disappointing end Monday night as they fell to Coahoma County 64-50 in the opening round of the Class 2A North Playoffs.

The Lady Wildcats, 20-6, were never really in the game after falling behind 20-5 in the opening period. V Farmer led the Lady Wildcats with 15 points. Canesia Hubbard added 13.

Calhoun City was coming off a second place finish in the region tournament at Walnut.

The Lady Wildcats were beaten by Potts Camp 81-56 in the championship game. V Farmer scored 19 and Canesia Hubbard 12 for the Lady Wildcats.

The ‘City girls vanquished an old demon in rival Bruce, beating them 40-36 in the region semifinals. It was the first win for the Lady Wildcats over Bruce in five years.

The Lady Wildcats were swept during the regular season by the Lady Trojans, but only trailed briefly by three points in the tournament. V Farmer led all scorers with 18 points for ‘City. Antonique Jennings added 10.