Lady Bears pull upset in tourney

Published 12:09am Tuesday, February 21, 2012

NEGREET, La. — Even though the Block Lady Bears won the District 4-1A championship, they entered the Class 1A Playoffs as the No. 21 seed. Hanson Memorial, on the other hand was the No. 12 seed despite finishing tied for third in District 8-1A with a 1-5 record.

Hanson Memorial ended up with such a high seed because of its power ranking and the Lady Tigers went 17-5 outside of their district while Block was just 3-11 away from district play.

But that didn’t seem to deter the Lady Bears as their defense helped carry them to a 54-38 upset win in a bi-district round game Monday night.

The first quarter was a big factor in the outcome as Block held Hanson Memorial to just three points and led 11-3 at the end of the quarter. And for much of the rest of the game, the Lady Bears continued to add to their lead.

Ta-Chundra Johnson led a balance scoring attack from Block with a game-high 15 points and Rosie Jefferson finished with 13 points. Quinesha Branch and Bria Mays chipped in with eight points each. Hanson Memorial was led by Brittney Broussard with 14 points, but she was the only Lady Tigers player to reach double figures.

Block (11-12) play host to No. 5 seed Tensas High in a regional-round game Thursday at 6 p.m. The Lady Panthers defeated No. 28 seed White Castle in another bi-district round game Monday night.

Negreet 45, Monterey 35

NEGREET, La. — Reagan Tiffee led Monterey with 15 points, but it was not enough as the Monterey Lady Wolves saw their season come to an end Monday night to the Negreet Lady Indians in the bi-district round of the LHSAA Class B Playoffs.

Monterey, the No. 23 seed despite a second-place finish in District 4-B, struggled from the field in the first quarter, but was only down 9-6 at the end of the quarter. However, the Lady Wolves could not make enough stops on defense to overtake Negreet in this one. Negreet, the No. 10 seed, was led by F. Cryer with 18 points and L. Moran added eight points.

Jessica McNeil scored eight points while Ellen Bairnsfather was held to just five points. Monterey finished the season with a 21-9 record.

Riverside Academy boys 115, Ferriday 43

RESERVE, La. — Donald Thomas Jr. led Riverside Academy with a game-high 33 points and Ricardo Gathers scored 21 points as the Rebels took care of the Ferriday Trojans Monday night in the bi-district round of the LHSAA Class 2A Playoffs.

Ferriday went into the playoffs as the No. 31 seed despite finishing fifth in District 2-2A with a 2-8 record. And the Trojans were no match for the No. 2 seed Rebels from the start.

Riverside Academy scored 70 points in the first half to take a 70-21 lead into the second half.

Richard Jefferson led Ferriday with 16 points and Charles Chandler added 11 points.