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Prep girls roundups: Jefferson Co. loses close one

HAZLEHURST — Latasha Arnold led Hazlehurst with a game-high 20 points and Danisha Davis added 19 points as the Lady Indians overcame a rough first half to defeat the Jefferson County Lady Tigers 63-60 in an MHSAA Region 7-3A game Tuesday night.

Jefferson County held Hazlehurst to single-digit scoring in both the first and second quarter en route to a 26-17 halftime lead.

The Lady Tigers still led by nine points at the end of the third quarter, 43-34, before the Lady Indians went on a tear in the fourth quarter. Led by Arnold, Davis, and Jenny Joiner, Hazlehurst outscored Jefferson County 29-17 to escape with the win. Joiner chipped in with 15 points for Hazlehurst.

The Lady Tigers had four players score in double figures themselves. Keionne January led the Lady Tigers with 14 points while Taneisha Bailey, Diamond Smith and Brandy Buck finished with 13 points apiece. Jefferson County (N/A, 1-2) plays at Wilkinson County Friday night.

Jena 56, Vidalia 37

JENA, La. — Jaz Richardson scored 18 points and Caroline Bailey had 17 points as the Jena Lady Giants defeated the Vidalia Lady Vikings Tuesday night in LHSAA District 3-3A action.

Vidalia got off to a bad start and was never able to fully recover. The Lady Vikings scored just four points in the first quarter and were down by 13 points at the end of the quarter. At halftime, Jena had a 31-17 lead and appeared to be on its way to an easy win.

The Lady Vikings cut the lead to single digits at the end of the third quarter at 38-31 before the Lady Giants responded with an 18-7 advantage in the fourth quarter.

Alandra Holt led Vidalia with 12 points and Shermel Bell added 10 points. The Lady Vikings (0-3 in district) play at Avoyelles Friday night.

Block 66, Montgomery 54

JONESVILLE — Vontresia Branch finished with a game-high 20 points and Quinesha Branch poured in 17 points as the Block Lady Bears defeated the Montgomery Lady Tigers in an LHSAA District 4-1A game Tuesday night.

After trailing Montgomery 15-12 at the end of the first quarter, Block took control of the game over the next two quarters and never looked back. The Lady Bears outscored the Lady Tigers 17-9 in the second quarter and 16-8 in the third quarter for a 45-32 lead.

Jazmny Savage had 10 points and Bria Mayes chipped in with nine points for Block. Karlee Teddlie led Montgomery with 19 points while Makayla Vercher and Morgan Williams had 12 points each.

Block (10-8, 2-0) next plays at St. Mary’s Friday night.

Crystal Springs 47,

Wilkinson County 41 (OT)

CRYSTAL SPRINGS — Ambernekia Palmer led Wilkinson County with 16 points, but it was not enough as the Crystal Springs Lady Tigers rallied from a seven-point halftime deficit to defeat the Lady Wildcats in overtime Tuesday night in MHSAA Region 7-3A action.

Thanks to a 10-5 advantage in the second quarter, Wilkinson County took an 18-11 lead into halftime. Unfortunately for the Lady Wildcats, they were not able to hold on to the lead in the second half. Crystal Springs outscored Wilkinson County 10-6 in the third quarter and 12-9 in the fourth quarter to force overtime with the score at 33-33. Then the Lady Tigers were too much for the Lady Wildcats in the extra session.

Dominique Jackson led Crystal Springs with 19 points and Shaquan Butler chipped in with 10 points.

Wilkinson County (6-14, 1-2) plays host to Jefferson County Friday night.

Rapides 52, Monterey 43

MONTEREY — A rough third quarter for Monterey proved to be the difference as the Lady Wolves lost to the Rapides Lady Mustangs in an LHSAA District 4-B game Tuesday night.

A back-and-forth first half ended with Monterey leading Rapides 19-18. Then came the third quarter. The Lady Wolves managed just four points in that quarter and found themselves trailing 32-23 at the end of the quarter.

Even though Monterey put up 20 points in the fourth quarter, so did Rapides.

Kaley Baker led the Lady Wolves with 15 points and Karlee Woodruff had nine points.

Monterey (16-5, 1-2) plays at Oak Hill Friday night.