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Ferriday boys fall short vs. Sicily Island

Ferriday High School’s Will Scott goes up for a layup against Sicily Island High School’s Ladarius Frazier during Tuesday’s game. Sicily Island defeated Ferriday 69-65 in overtime. (Lauren Wood \ The Natchez Democrat)

FERRIDAY — Sicily Island High School’s Larry Plummer saved his best for last Tuesday night.

The Tigers’ guard scored four of his 13 points in overtime, including two free throws with less than 10 seconds to go to secure a 69-65 victory over Ferriday High School.

Ferriday had one last gasp with eight seconds left, but Sicily Island forced the Trojans to take a lot of time to get a shot off, and a three-pointer rimmed out as the time expired.

“We just made too many crucial mistakes tonight,” Ferriday head coach K.G. Watkins said.

The Ferriday head coach also took issue with some questionable calls by the officiating crew, but he said his players would have to learn to overcome those issues.

“The officiating was horrible, but give Sicily Island credit,” Watkins said. “Sicily Island played a great game. It’s a lesson to learn. We can’t let those things get too us and lose our temper.”

The Tigers jumped out to a 22-8 lead midway through the second quarter before Ferriday made its run and cut its deficit to two by halftime.

The Trojans’ Quavion Ellis got hot in the second quarter and scored 12 of his game-high 19 points to push Ferriday in the second period.

The Trojans then controlled the third quarter and led 45-40 going into the final period.

But Ladarius Frazier scored nine points for Sicily Island in the fourth quarter to lead the Tigers back to tie the game at regulation.

Ferriday tied the game at 61 on a bucket by Brandon Scott with five seconds left. Sicily Island’s half-court heave at the end of regulation missed the mark and sent the game to overtime.

Ferriday missed some opportunities in overtime, and Sicily Island scored just enough points to win the ballgame.

Ferriday dropped to 3-8 on the season and will travel to play in the Madison Parish Tournament Thursday.

Ferriday girls 69, Sicily Island 41

Jada Griggs paced the Ferriday High School girls’ basketball team to an easy win over Sicily Island Tuesday night.

Griggs netted 33 points for the Lady Trojans who dominated the Lady Tigers throughout and finished with a 69-41 victory.

Ferriday High School’s Shakeria Kelly drives past Sicily Island High School’s Taylor Williamson during Tuesday’s game. Ferriday defeated Sicily Island 69-65. (Lauren Wood \ The Natchez Democrat)

“We did wonderful on offense and defense this game,” Ferriday head coach Lisa Abron said. “We’ve had our ups and downs this season, and most of it has been down. But we did some soul searching a lot this week and rededicated ourselves, and it worked a lot better tonight.”

The Lady Trojans jumped out to a 25-10 lead by halftime and led 46-23 at the end of the third quarter, which allowed Abron to play a lot of players.

“It helped our confidence and their confidence to get those girls some playing times,” Abron said. “It was great to get all these girls out on the court.”

Quaneisha Fontenot helped Griggs with 13 points, and Sha’Keria Kelly added 12 for the Lady Trojans.

Ferriday improved to 2-9 on the season and will play in the Sicily Island Tournament Dec. 27.