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.