BRITTNEY LOHMILLER / THE NATCHEZ DEMOCRAT — Cathedral’s Elizabeth Smith and Trinity’s Cena Mullins jump to grab a rebound in the second half of the girls’ basketball games Saturday. Cathedral defeated Trinity 46-42.
BRITTNEY LOHMILLER / THE NATCHEZ DEMOCRAT — Cathedral’s Elizabeth Smith and Trinity’s Cena Mullins jump to grab a rebound in the second half of the girls’ basketball games Saturday. Cathedral defeated Trinity 46-42.

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Basketball notebook: Cathedral girls off to good start

Published 12:20am Monday, December 9, 2013

NATCHEZ — Cathedral High School girls are showing early signs of a good year to head coach Ricky Smith.

Smith said their 5-1 start is the best they’ve had in his four-year tenure.

“We have never been 5-1 since I’ve been here,” he said. “We sure do like coaching this group right now.”

Those five wins weren’t all easy for the Lady Wave as they had to fight hard against Trinity Episcopal Day School Saturday for the 46-42 win.

Cathedral’s Mckenzie Milligan had 15 points and a series of blocked shots as Mckenzie Watts hit a couple of threes to tally 12 points in their win.

Marty Lewis led the Lady Saints with 16 points and Tali Beard was right behind her with 15.

The Lady Wave were down as many as 13 points in the first half, but their fourth quarter effort made the difference.

Cathedral put together a strong full-court press that left Trinity impatient and frustrated as they struggled keeping control of their ball handling to outscore Trinity 21-11 in the fourth quarter.

Trinity head coach Faye Minor said turnovers hurt them a lot in the final quarter.

“They were rushing the game, they didn’t let the game come to them,” Minor said. “We’re going to go back to the drawing board and get ready for our next game. We’ll be ready.”

Trinity plays Centreville at 4 p.m. today and Cathedral hosts the Mississippi School for the Deaf at 6 p.m. today.

Natchez High School girls

The Natchez High School girls are looking good — very good.

They have been putting teams away by 20-plus points night after night, and last Tuesday against Franklin Parish High School was no different as they won 63-43 at home.

The Lady Bulldogs used several weapons against Franklin Parish with Rashonae Rice scoring a team high of 20 points. And Kiana Jones and Zyaire Ewing both scored in double figures that night as well.

The most dangerous part about the Lady Bulldogs is their unpredictability.

In their road game against Jefferson County High School Friday, none of those three aforementioned players needed to be double-teamed as freshman guard Kirdis Clark tallied 20 points in their 60-42 win.

This rout of Jefferson County was accomplished without starting guards Ernesha Chatman and Skylar Morgan. Though Clark led the way, Jones and Rice still put up 15 and 11 points, respectively.

Natchez High School plays at 6 p.m. Tuesday against Wilkinson County.