R.W. Delaney AYA basketball player Marlee MaGee, center, smiles while posing for a photograph with her teammates after winning the fifth- and sixth-grade girls championship game at Cathedral High School on Thursday night. (Jay Sowers \ The Natchez Democrat)
R.W. Delaney AYA basketball player Marlee MaGee, center, smiles while posing for a photograph with her teammates after winning the fifth- and sixth-grade girls championship game at Cathedral High School on Thursday night. (Jay Sowers \ The Natchez Democrat)

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Area youth teams compete for AYA basketball championships

Published 12:01am Friday, March 8, 2013

EDITOR’S NOTE: The original article contained incorrect scoring information for Natchez Ford (Trinity). We regret the errors and are happy to set the record straight.

NATCHEZ — Carly Delaney’s field goal with 18 seconds left gave R.W. Delaney (ACCS) an 8-6 edge en route to capturing the AYA fifth- and sixth-grade girls championship Thursday night.

A free throw by Spear Electric’s (ACCS) Savannah Spear tied the game 6-6 earlier in the fourth quarter, but R.W. Delaney was able to prevent a final basket by Spear Electric to win it all.

“These girls played with a lot of heart, and the bottom line is, it wasn’t anything I did, it’s just these girls coming to play,” R.W. Delaney head coach Rudy Wilson said.

“We knew it was going to be a tough game, and they just did what they’ve been doing all year.”

R.W. Delaney got out to an early 2-0 lead in the first quarter on a field goal by Kathryn Freeman. Spear Electric’s Shelby Mason tied the game with 1:22 to go before intermission.

R.W. Delaney AYA basketball coach Rudy Wilson shouts instructions to his players during the game. (Jay Sowers \ The Natchez Democrat)
R.W. Delaney AYA basketball coach Rudy Wilson shouts instructions to his players during the game. (Jay Sowers \ The Natchez Democrat)

Mason put her team ahead 5-2 with a field goal and a free throw with 2:11 to go in the third. R.W. Delaney began it’s comeback in the fourth, when Carly Delaney scored two buckets at the 2:21 and 1:28 mark. Spear tied the game 6-6 with a free throw with approximately a minute to play.

“They’re undefeated for a reason,” Spear Electric coach Leigh Ann Mason said. “We played hard and did everything we knew to do, and it came down to one last shot in the last minute. You can’t ask for much more than that.”

Natchez Ford 21, WCCA 12

The Natchez Ford (Trinity Episcopal) fifth- and sixth-grade boys jumped out to a 12-5 halftime lead against the Wilkinson County Christian Academy boys and never looked back.

DeSanto Rollins led Natchez Ford with nine points, and Dawson Parker added eight points. Sterling Yarbrough and Trey Gill both chipped in with two points.

“I just knew it was going to be another hard-fought game,” Natchez Ford head coach Kemp Hairston said. “These guys beat us in the second game of the year. We tried to get into a transition game with them, and that’s not us. We just had to slow it down and use our two big guys.”

Tal Redhead scored six points for WCCA, and Brady Smith tallied four points. Thomas Vannoy chipped in with two points.

“We played well, we just came out on the short end,” WCCA head coach John Redhead said.

Ready Decks, 7, Glenn Adams Logging 5

Ready Decks got the win in a low-scoring game against Glenn Adams Logging in the third- and fourth-grade AYA girls’ championship game

Ellie Diesen scored five points and Lauren Dunbar had two points for Ready Decks.

Amber Scroggins scored two points while Drue Geoghegan, Molly Burts and Halle Peterman had one point each for Glenn Adams Logging.

Natchez Ford AYA basketball player DeSanto Rollins, left, leaps to keep a ball from going out of bounds during the fifth- and sixth-grade championship game at Cathedral High School on Thursday night. (Jay Sowers \ The Natchez Democrat)
Natchez Ford AYA basketball player DeSanto Rollins, left, leaps to keep a ball from going out of bounds during the fifth- and sixth-grade championship game at Cathedral High School on Thursday night. (Jay Sowers \ The Natchez Democrat)

Biscuits & Blues 25, Ready Decks 15

Zehlin Cornett finished with a game-high 16 points as Biscuits & Blues defeated Ready Decks in the third- and fourth-grade boys’ championship game Thursday night.

Chase Kaiser had five points and Bryson Moore added four points for Biscuits & Blues. Dray Geoghegan, Aiden Rojo and Jones Richardson each scored five points for Ready Decks.