Mckenzie Milligan of Cathedral looks to shoot past Trinity’s McKenzie Smith in the first half of the game. Cathedral defeated Trinity, 46-42. (BRITTNEY LOHMILLER | THE NATCHEZ DEMOCRAT)
Mckenzie Milligan of Cathedral looks to shoot past Trinity’s McKenzie Smith in the first half of the game. Cathedral defeated Trinity, 46-42. (BRITTNEY LOHMILLER | THE NATCHEZ DEMOCRAT)

Lady Wave steals victory in a 46-42 comeback performance

Published 11:06pm Saturday, December 7, 2013

NATCHEZ — The second quarter got a little scrappy between the Cathedral High School and Trinity Episcopal Day School girls in their match Saturday night, but Trinity head coach Faye Minor said that was to be expected.

“We talked about keeping their composure because they’re all good friends, and I knew it would be an emotional game, so they had to try to maintain their composure,” Minor said.

The Lady Wave came back from a 27-21 deficit to beat the Lady Saints 46-42.

Cathedral’s Mckenzie Milligan had 15 points, complemented by Mckenzie Watts’ 12 points, while Trinity’s Mary Lewis tallied 16 points and Tali Beard had 15.

The first quarter was slow for both teams though Cathedral found a way to take a 14-6 lead by Watts’ four points.

The second quarter made the difference for Trinity as Lewis hit four threes to give Trinity a 25-21 lead at the half.

Trinity stayed in command in the third, outscoring the Lady Wave 17-5, but Cathedral refused to go away.

Neither team scored in the third quarter until Lewis snatched down a rebound and put it back up for an easy score with 4:05 left in the quarter to put Trinity up 27-21.

Cathedral followed with a long jumper from Watts to put them behind just four points at 27-23, but fell behind 31-25 at the end of the third.

Cathedral found some energy in the fourth quarter with a sound defensive effort in a full-court press that put the pressure on Trinity to keep its lead.

Cathedral head coach Randy Smith said they implemented the press right before half time and his players finally bought into the system.

“We decided right before the half to switch up to a full court man-to-man press,” Smith said, “Its always a difficult decision to make because we’re in the game, but just don’t have the lead.”

Milligan struck first in the fourth, putting Cathedral within four, 31-27.

At the 6:39 mark, Caroline Smith hit a three-pointer before Milligan stole an inbound pass in their full-court press and scored to go on a 5-0 run and take the lead for the first time since the first quarter, 32-31.

From there, the Lady Wave never looked back as they held on in a physical game that saw a couple of technical fouls and a lot of free-throw opportunities.

Minor said turnovers and impatient play hurt the Lady Saints the most Saturday.

“They played hard and we fought well, but turnovers was our flaw,” she said. “They had more possessions than we had and a lot of that was because of our emotions running high.”

Smith said the Lady Wave’s comeback performance along with a 5-1 record is very refreshing.

“We have never been 5-1 in my four years, so this helps our program and we worked hard for this all summer and it’s paying off,” Smith said. “We have a chance to have a good record this year.”

Trinity plays Centreville Academy at 4 p.m. Monday while Cathedral hosts the Mississippi School for the Deaf in its first district match at 6 p.m. Monday.

Trinity Episcopal boys 60, Cathedral boys 22

NATCHEZ — It was steal after steal for Trinity Episcopal as its defense was too much for the Green Wave in a 60-22 victory.

The McCoy brothers, Tommy and Dee, had 24 and 21 points respectively in the win as Cathedral didn’t see one player in double digits. R.J. Givens scored a team high of seven points for the Green Wave,

Cathedral had a promising lead in the first quarter as they led 11-6 as Givens scored six of his seven points in the first quarter.

But the lead quickly diminished for Cathedral as Trinity went on a 14-3 run.

Dee McCoy’s lay-up with 4:46 capped off a 6-0 run that gave Trinity its first lead of the game at 12-11.

Cathedral scored its first basket of the quarter on Derrion Batieste’s three-pointer to inch with one point, 15-14 with 2:48 left to play.

Cathedral was still in the game, down 20-14 at halftime, but Trinity turned it up a notch on defense and Cathedral saw their hopes of victory slip away.

The Saints went on a 8-0 run to start the quarter and go up by 14 before Rivens hit one of two free throws for Cathedral to make it 28-15 at the 3:50 mark.

With just a minute left in the third quarter, Trinity stretched their lead to 37-19 with lay ups by Tommy and Dee McCoy.

The fourth quarter saw a 20-point blowout alone as Trinity outscored Cathedral 23-3 with the help of Tommy McCoy’s 11 points and Dee McCoy’s nine points to end the game 60-22.

Trinity plays Centreville Academy at 6 p.m. Monday while Cathedral hosts the Mississippi School for the Deaf in its first district match at 7:30 p.m. Monday.