Prep boys roundups: Strong 4th difference for CHS
BROOKHAVEN — After seeing a six-point lead after one quarter of play turn into a six-point deficit 16 minutes later, the Cathedral Green Wave had to do something to give itself an opportunity to defeat Pisgah.
And it was a change in the defense that allowed Cathedral to outscore Pisgah 14-5 in the fourth quarter and that enabled the Green Wave to defeat the Dragons 37-34 Friday night at the Enterprise Tournament.
Cathedral led Pisgah 11-5 at the end of the first quarter before the Dragons cut the Green Wave’s lead to one point, 20-19, at halftime. Led by Beau Nelson and Antone Smith, Pisgah then grabbed the lead in the third quarter and outscored Cathedral 10-3 for a 29-23 lead. Nelson led the Dragons with a game-high 15 points while Smith finished with seven points.
“It was a very ugly game. Just very physical. Good defense, no offense,” Green Wave head coach Peter Arnold said. “We went into a full-court, man-to-man defense (in the fourth quarter) and that led to some transition buckets. We got some steals and that was the difference in the ball game.”
Jardarius Anderson and James Coley led the Green Wave in scoring with nine points each. Alex Weadock and Terrance Jackson chipped in with five points apiece.
“It was just a slugfest. But ugly or not, somebody’s going to win and somebody’s going to lose. And I’d rather get that win,” Arnold said.
Cathedral (5-7) will take Enterprise game today at 8:30 p.m. in the boys’ championship game.
Wilkinson County 55, Amite County 48
WOODVILLE — Allenzae Staggers led Wilkinson County with 19 points and Devin Voorhies scored 17 points as the Wildcats defeated the Amite County Trojans Friday night.
Wilkinson County took a 16-11 lead over Amite County when the first quarter came to an end and after that it was a matter the Wildcats of doing just enough to keep the Trojans from taking the lead. The final three quarters were close and very competitive and saw the Wildcats score 13 points in each quarter. The Trojans, meanwhile, had 12, 14 and 11 points, respectively.
JaVontae Anderson led Amite County with nine points while Montel White, Keshon Slack, Stevie Pittman and Bonds had seven points each. Phillip Fountain added nine points and Charles Bell had eight points for Wilkinson County.
The Wildcats improved to 6-8 on the season and will next play at the Dexter Invitational Dec. 26-29.
Prentiss 66, Jefferson County 60
FAYETTE — Monterrio Hooker led four Prentiss players in double figures with a game-high 21 points as the Bulldogs rallied in the fourth quarter to defeat Jefferson County Friday night in the Tigers’ Division 7-3A opener.
Prentiss took a 27-23 lead into halftime before Jefferson County outscored the Bulldogs 22-15 in the third quarter for a 45-42 lead. However, the Tigers could not slow down the Bulldogs in the fourth quarter and ended up being outscored 24-15.
Marcus Ball scored 13 points while Owen Hall and Dontarius Walker had 11 points each for Prentiss. Jefferson County was led by Nicholas Brown and Ry’Ale Brown with 16 points each and Jadarrius Harried had 13 points.
Jefferson County (8-6, 0-1) will host its own tournament on Jan. 2-4.