Girls prep roundup: Natchez uses even scoring to beat Vidalia

Published 12:01am Saturday, December 14, 2013

FAYETTE — Even though Natchez High did not have a single player score in double figures in its game against Vidalia Friday afternoon at the Miss-Lou Hoops Classic at Jefferson County High School, the Lady Bulldogs had more balanced scoring than the Lady Vikings did.

Jhanasia Dent led Natchez High with seven points while Asia Carradine, Zyaire Ewing and Jasmine Ivory had six points each to lead the Lady Bulldogs to a 52-41 win over the Lady Vikings.

The Lady Bulldogs got off to a slow start once again and led the Lady Vikings 7-5 at the end of the first quarter. Just when it looked like the Lady Bulldogs were about to take control of the game with a 22-14 halftime lead, the Lady Vikings responded with a 15-12 run in the third quarter to make it a 34-29 game.

However, Natchez High would have an answer of its own as it outscored Vidalia 18-12 in the fourth quarter. Eleven players for the Lady Bulldogs ended up in the scoring column with the Lady Vikings having nine such players.

Shermel Bell led the Lady Vikings with a game-high 11 points and Andrea Foster chipped in with 10 points.

Natchez High (8-0) will take on Ferriday today at 2 p.m. and Vidalia (1-5) takes on host Jefferson County today at 5 p.m. as action at the Miss-Lou Hoops Tournament continues.

Block 48, Forest 39

HARRISONBURG — Vontresia Barber led Block with a game-high 16 points as the Lady Bears defeated the Forest Lady Bulldogs 48-39 Friday afternoon at the Harrisonburg Tournament.

Quinneshia Branch added 12 points for Block and was recently named player of the week by Lady Bears head coach Veronica Savage for doing more than just on the court.

“She is advancing more as a player. She’s shown good leadership. She works on her game,” Savage said about Branch.

Block trailed Forest 9-8 after one quarter of play before taking control of the game in the second quarter. The Lady Bears outscored the Lady Bulldogs 16-5 in that quarter for a 24-14 halftime lead.

Block (5-3) will take on Kilbourne today at 2 p.m. in the girls’ semifinals of the Harrisonburg Tournament.

Trinity Episcopal 37, Ben’s Ford 31

NATCHEZ — The Trinity Episcopal Lady Saints overcame a 23-point performance by Ben’s Ford Christian School’s Savannah Smith to defeat the Lady Eagles 37-31 Friday night.

Even though Trinity Episcopal led Ben’s Ford 26-17 at halftime, the Lady Eagles would not go away quietly. They outscored the Lady Saints 6-2 in the third quarter to make it a 28-23 ball game, but Trinity did just enough in the fourth quarter to pull out the win.

Marty Lewis and Sloane Young finished with nine points each to lead the Lady Saints in scoring and Tali Beard had seven points.

Trinity Episcopal (3-6) plays host to Wilkinson County next Monday at 6 p.m.

St. Aloysius 58, Cathedral 52

VICKSBURG — Julie Mabry and Claire Gamble each scored 15 points as the St. Aloysius Lady Flashes defeated the Cathedral Lady Green Wave 58-52 Friday night at the Catholic Christmas Tournament.

“The (Lady) Flashes did a great job. We all played hard, but they were hitting their shots and we missed a few more,” Cathedral head coach Randy Smith said.

Cathedral looked to be in command of the game after jumping out to a 12-5 lead after one quarter of play. But McKenzie Milligan sprained her ankle in the second quarter and that’s when the momentum shifted to St. Aloysius.

The Lady Flashes ended up outscoring the Lady Green Wave 19-11 in the second quarter and 19-10 in the third quarter for a 43-33 lead. Even though Cathedral cut the lead to single digits, it was not enough.

Mackenzie Watts led the Lady Green Wave with 14 points and Elizabeth Smith added 13 points.

Cathedral (6-2) will take on St. Joseph of Greenville in the girls’ consolation game at the Catholic Christmas Tournament today at noon.