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Prep hoops roundup: Smith, Monterey top Block in finale 71-63

MONTEREY — Dillon Smith led four Monterey players in scoring as the Wolves jumped out to a big lead and withstood a second-half rally by Block to defeat the Bears 71-63 Saturday afternoon.

Smith had a game-high 26 points in the boys’ championship game of the Monterey High School Basketball Tournament. Wolves head coach Eric Richard said he was proud of his team for not only shooting the ball well, but also how they defended, rebounded, and made key stops to hold off Block in the second half.

“We defended really good in the first half,” Richard said. “We shot the ball extremely well. When we got open looks, we were able to make them. The biggest thing was how we guarded them and how we rebounded.”

Monterey got off to a strong start on both ends of the court en route to a 21-7 lead at the end of the first quarter. The Wolves then outscored the Bears 19-12 in the second quarter for a 40-19 halftime lead.

In addition to Smith’s performance, Yankee Duncan scored 14 points, Kade Passman finished with 12 points and Hayden Cassels added 11 points.

“We got up by 20, and they got it down to eight or nine at one time. We were able to lead by 13 or 14 for the most part (in the second half),” Richard said. “We caught them a little bit in the first half. We knew they would go on a run in the second half.”

Block did indeed go on a run after halftime. The Bears went on a tear in the third quarter and outscored the Wolves 24-12 to make it a 52-43. The fourth quarter was almost even as Block only managed to outscore Monterey by one point, 20-19.

Dorian Bowman led the Bears with 16 points while Trevor Vault had 15 points and Jahmal Macklin chipped in with 11 points.

Richard said that Duncan, Passman and Cassels each had at least 10 rebounds and that had it not been for that effort on the boards, the outcome could have been a lot different.

Block (2-2) plays at Ferriday on Tuesday. Monterey (9-2) plays host to Forest on Tuesday.

Monterey girls 24,

Delhi Charter 17

MONTEREY — For the second straight year, the Monterey Lady Wolves and the Delhi Charter Lady Gators faced each other in the girls’ championship game of the Monterey High School Basketball Tournament.

Last year, Delhi Charter shut out Monterey in the first half en route to winning the title. On Saturday afternoon, the Lady Wolves avenged that embarrassing defeat with a seven-point win thanks to a strong defensive outing.

“We played really good defense. We shut down their scorers. We just executed our game plan,” Lady Wolves head coach Cary Shivley said. “The girls showed up to play 32 minutes of basketball. They were totally focused on winning the game.”

Monterey led Delhi Charter 16-10 at halftime before being outscored 3-0 in the third quarter to lead by just three points. However, Monterey made its free throws when it mattered the most to pull out the win.

Reagan Tiffee led the Lady Wolves with seven points while Kaley Baker and Jessica McNeil had five points each.

Monterey (10-2) next hosts Forest on Tuesday.

Franklin Parish boys 40,

Vidalia 38

NEWELLTON, La. — Reginald Carter led Franklin Parish with 11 points and Fredrick Short added 10 points as the Patriots rallied to defeat the Vidalia Vikings Saturday afternoon at the Tensas Parish Tournament.

Vidalia appeared on its way to its first win of the season after taking a 22-17 lead into halftime. But Franklin Parish fought back in the second half, outscoring Vidalia 14-10 in the third quarter to make a one-point game and 9-6 in the fourth quarter to keep the Vikings winless.

Dion Brown led the Vikings with 10 points while Isiah Thompson and Julius Wilson had seven points each.

Vidalia (0-5) returns home to take on Madison Parish Tuesday night.

Franklin Parish girls 60,

Vidalia 30

NEWELLTON, La. — The first two quarters between the Vidalia Lady Vikings and the Franklin Parish Lady Patriots were quite competitive. The third and fourth quarters — not so much as Franklin Parish went on to rout Vidalia Saturday afternoon at the Tensas Parish Tournament.

Franklin Parish led Vidalia 19-14 after one quarter of play and 24-17 at halftime before putting the game away with a 22-8 advantage in the third quarter. JaRonda White led the Lady Patriots with a game-high 20 points.

The Lady Vikings were led by Alandra Holt with nine points and Fran Duson with eight points. Vidalia (0-5) plays host to Madison Parish Tuesday night.

Centreville Academy girls 55, Amite School Center 32

LIBERTY — Tori Rouse led all scorers with 24 points and Kaylea Hurst added 14 points as the Centreville Academy Lady Tigers defeated the Amite School Center Lady Rebels Saturday afternoon.

The second quarter was key to Centreville’s win as it outscored Amite School Center 18-6 to take a 32-14 halftime lead. Taylor Delatte contributed for the Lady Tigers with 11 points.

Centreville Academy (4-3) plays host to Cathedral Tuesday night.

Centreville Academy boys 52, Amite School Center 23

LIBERTY — The Centreville Academy Tigers took very little time taking control of this game en route to a 29-point victory over the Amite School Center Rebels Saturday night.

Centreville dominated Amite School Center in the first quarter and the Tigers ended up with a 21-6 lead at the end of the quarter. By halftime, the Tigers had a commanding 32-11 lead.

Jake Darden led the Tigers with 15 points, Dustin Williams added 11 points and Corey Gaulden had eight points. Centreville Academy (2-3) hosts Cathedral Tuesday night.

Silliman 49,WCCA boys 27

WOODVILLE — Dra Tolliver scored 20 points, but his teammates could only manage seven more in the Rams’ opening game of the season.

John Norwood tallied five points, while Austin Goodfellow had two points for WCCA.

The Rams (0-1) will play at Oak Forest Monday.

Silliman 38, WCCA girls 7

WOODVILLE — The Lady Rams trailed 32-1 at the half, and no one scored more than three points for WCCA in Saturday’s loss to Silliman.

Jennifer Chaffin led WCCA with three points. Lauren DeJean and Brandi Norwood both had two points.

WCCA (1-4) will play at Oak Forest Monday.


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