By Steve Swogetinsky

Kemper County Messenger

Kemper County will host a pair of Region 5-3A basketball games this week as the Wildcats try to get on the winning track.

The Wildcats will host Choctaw Central in a Wednesday night makeup game. On Friday, Kemper County hosts Morton.

The Wildcats dropped a pair of games last week, falling to Forest 88-77 and Noxapater 62-47.

“The guys are still playing hard,” Coach Daryl Osby said. “We are playing close. We are trying to get over and pull off a victory. Once we learn how to put a win away, we will be ok.”

Forest 88

Wildcats 77

The Wildcats found themselves in foul trouble early in this contest. Kemper County was called for 11 fouls in the first four minutes of the game, before the home standing Bearcats were called for one foul. That would be a factor that put the Wildcats behind early.

Forest led 23-5 at the end of the first quarter. The Wildcats battled back in the second period with the Bearcats having a 24-23 scoring edge. At the half, Forest led 47-28.

Forest outscored Kemper County 23-19 in the third quarter and carried a 70-47 lead into the final quarter. The Wildcats outscored Forest 30-18 in the final quarter.

Devon McClendon led Kemper County with 22 points. Timothy McElroy added 19 points while Qavion McClendon scored 15 and Delance Gillespie scored 13.

Noxubee County 62

Wildcats 47

Again, the Wildcats got off to a slow start and had trouble catching up.

Noxubee County led 16-5 after the first quarter. Kemper County came back but was outscored by the Tigers 19-16 in the second quarter and trailed 35-21 at the half.

Gillespie led Kemper County with 12 points while McClendon added 10 points. James Granger scored nine points and Trakaleb Welch scored eight.