Cathedral girls get win at the buzzer

Published 12:01am Wednesday, November 20, 2013

BROOKHAVEN — McKenzie Watts’ game-winning shot at the buzzer capped off a spectacular comeback as the Cathedral Lady Green Wave defeated the Enterprise Lincoln Yellow Jackets 45-44 Tuesday night.

Cathedral head coach Randy Smith said switching from a zone defense that was not working back to a man-to-man defense that the team used at the beginning of the game was what led the Lady Green Wave all the way back from a 17-point deficit in the third quarter.

“Lots of man-to-man defense. A ‘denied’ man-to-man defense if you want to call it that,” Smith said. “We denied getting them the ball. We had a lot of steals that led to a lot of lay-ups.”

Enterprise had a 21-14 lead at halftime and took a 35-27 lead into the fourth quarter. But the Yellow Jackets were swarmed by Cathedral’s stingy defense and ended up being outscored 18-9.

Elizabeth Smith led Cathedral with a game-high 16 points while McKenzie Milligan had 10 points and Watts finished with nine points.

Cathedral (2-0) plays at Loyd Star at 6 p.m. Friday.

Natchez High 74, Wilkinson County 58

WOODVILLE — Ernesha Chatman led a balanced scoring attack for Natchez High with 18 points as the Lady Bulldogs used a big first quarter to defeat the Wilkinson County Lady Wildcats 74-58 Tuesday night.

Kiana Jones had 16 points, Zyaire Ewing added 11 points and Skylar Morgan chipped in with 10 points for Natchez High, which scored 30 points in the first quarter while holding Wilkinson County to 13 points and never looked back.

Lineasia Palmer led the Lady Wildcats with a game-high 28 points and Gadrieka Cotton had 15 points.

Natchez High (2-0) hosts South Pike at 6 p.m. Friday. Wilkinson County (2-3) next plays at 6 p.m. Thursday at Amite County.

Jena 44, Monterey 38

JENA, La. — Kelsey Bradford led Jena with a game-high 14 points and Marly Lisenby added 11 points as the Jena Lady Giants defeated the Monterey Lady Wolves 44-38 Tuesday night.

Monterey led Jena 10-6 after one quarter of play and 20-16 at halftime, but the Lady Giants tied the game at 28-28 at the end of the third quarter. The Lady Wolves struggled from the field in the fourth quarter and were outscored by the Lady Giants 12-6.

Morgan Pecanty and Karlee Woodruff led the Lady Wolves with seven points each and Emily Woodrum had six points.

Monterey (5-3) doesn’t play again until 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 3 at Forest. Lady Wolves head coach Cary Shivley said that because LaSalle’s football team is still participating in the Class 1A Playoffs, Monterey’s games at LaSalle that were scheduled for Tuesday have been postponed.