GUY­TON

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tour­na­ment and also brought home a cham­pi­onship.

It be­came a spe­cial end to the sea­son for both bas­ket­ball pro­grams to make his­tory and get a chance to play in Jack­son.

“The year we had was just spe­cial," Guy­ton said. "The girls bought into my phi­los­o­phy and be­lieved and ev­ery­thing that my­self and the coach­ing staff had to say along the way. That sea­son doesn't hap­pen with­out the sup­port of the com­mu­nity, the staff, stu­dents, play­ers and ad­min­is­tra­tion and they de­serve all of the ac­co­lades be­cause of it.”

Choctaw County Ath­letic Di­rec­tor Ben Ash­ley en­joyed watch­ing both teams com­pete and es­pe­cially see­ing the girls team grow un­der Guy­ton's lead­er­ship. The cul­ture of the pro­gram be­gan to take shape

as the year moved on and Guy­ton's pres­ence was felt.

“We cer­tainly wish him the best and we're re­ally go­ing to miss him,” Ash­ley said. “The phi­los­o­phy he brought in play­ing a tough brand of de­fense was some­thing he thought would be suc­cess­ful and it worked. It was fun to watch it play out as the year went.”

As far as what's next for the Lady Charg­ers, a source told the Starkville Daily that Guy­ton's as­sis­tant and Ack­er­man na­tive Mandy Jewell was ex­pected to be the pro­gram's next head coach. The school board will be pre­sented with the hir­ing for ap­proval on Mon­day.

Jewell, a 2003 grad­u­ate of Ack­er­man High School, has pre­vi­ous head coach­ing ex­pe­ri­ence at East Web­ster. She got back into coach­ing af­ter a hia­tus last sea­son as an as­sis­tant for Choctaw County.

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