Prep girls roundups: Jefferson County go undefeated in tourney

Published 12:04am Sunday, December 15, 2013

FAYETTE — Jefferson County’s trio of Diamond Smith, Dionna Jackson and Rachel Shelvy combined to score 39 points as the Lady Tigers finished off an undefeated run as the Miss-Lou Hoops Tournament on their home court with a 54-28 win over the Vidalia Lady Vikings Saturday afternoon.

“In basketball, I don’t look at the class — 1A, 2A, 3A. Overall, we played okay,” Jefferson County head coach Flora McKnight said.

Smith ended up with a game-high 18 points while Jackson had 11 points and Shelvy added 10 points. This was the same trio of players that led Jefferson County in scoring in its 59-36 win over the Ferriday Lady Trojans Friday night.

In the win over Vidalia, Jefferson County dominated the first three quarters. The Lady Tigers jumped to a 12-6 lead over the Lady Vikings after one quarter of play and then outscored Vidalia 18-7 in the second quarter for a 30-13 lead at the half.

The third quarter didn’t get any better for Vidalia as it managed just six points while Jefferson County put up 15 points for a commanding 45-19 lead. Both teams scored nine points in the fourth quarter.

“Our team didn’t do a lot of things they should have done. I would have liked to see them execute better on offense. But a win is a win,” McKnight said.

Jaylin Smith led the Lady Vikings in scoring with 15 points and Fran Duson added eight points.

McKnight said the Miss-Lou Hoops Tournament in more ways than one.

Vidalia (1-6) next plays at the Sicily Island Tournament Dec. 26-28. Jefferson County (6-5) takes on Prentiss at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014 at the Jefferson County Holiday Tournament.

Natchez High 54, Ferriday 39

FAYETTE — Zyaire Ewing led a balanced scoring attack for Natchez High with 10 points as the Lady Bulldogs remain undefeated by defeating the Ferriday Lady Trojans Saturday afternoon at the Miss-Lou Hoops Tournament at Jefferson County High School.

Rashonae Rice and Jasmine Ivory scored eight points each, Kiana Jones has seven points, and both Kirdis Clark and Marquita Wallace had six points each.

The first quarter was a sign of which direction both teams are going this season — Natchez High in the right direction and Ferriday in the wrong direction. The Lady Bulldogs scored 29 points in the opening quarter while the Lady Trojans managed just four points.

D’Asia Mitchell tried her best to help Ferriday get back in the game and finished with a game-high 18 points. However, the 25-point first-quarter deficit was too big to overcome. Trenace Morgan added 11 points for the Lady Trojans.

Natchez High (9-0) hosts Pearl River Central at 6 p.m. Friday in its MHSAA Division 6-5A opener. Ferriday next plays at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Franklin Parish.

Cathedral 44, St. Joseph-Greenville 30

VICKSBURG — Mackenzie Watts led Cathedral with 12 points and Elizabeth Smith finished with 11 points as the Lady Green Wave defeated the St. Joseph-Greenville Lady Fighting Irish 44-30 Saturday afternoon in the girls’ consolation game of the Catholic Christmas Tournament at St. Aloysius High School.

The second quarter proved to be the difference in the outcome. Cathedral was only ahead 8-7 over St. Joseph-Greenville after one quarter of play before turning up the pressure on the Lady Fighting Irish. The Lady Green Wave outscored them 19-8 to take a 27-15 lead into halftime.

Cathedral’s defense took over in the fourth quarter as its held St. Joseph-Greenville to just four points. Tiara Tyko led the Lady Fighting Irish with a game-high 16 points, but it was not nearly enough.

Cathedral (7-2) doesn’t return to the hardwood until Friday at 6 p.m. when it hosts Loyd Star.

Harrisonburg 53, Block 50

HARRISONBURG — Vontresia Barber led Block with 19 points, but it was the Harrisonburg Lady Bulldogs who had rallied in the fourth quarter to defeat the Lady Bears 53-50 Saturday night in the girls’ championship game of the Harrisonburg Tournament.

Block dominated most of the first half and led Harrisonburg 28-19 at halftime. But the Lady Bulldogs started their amazing comeback in the third quarter when they outscored the Lady Bears 18-14 to trail just 42-37. Then the Lady Bulldogs wore down the Lady Bears and outscored them 16-8 in the fourth quarter.

Quinneshia Branch, Block’s leading scorer, was held in check and finished with 13 points.

Block (6-4) hosts Monterey at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Block 61, Kilbourne 55

HARRISONBURG — Quinneshia Branch scored 15 points and Jazmyn Savage had 10 points as the Block Lady Bears advanced to the girls’ title game of the Harrisonburg Tournament by holding on for a 61-55 win over the Kilbourne Lady Hawks Saturday afternoon.

Trailing 10-8 after one quarter of play, Block went on a tear during the second and third quarters on its way to a 42-32 lead. The Lady Bears outscored Kilbourne 19-13 in the second quarter and 15-9 in the third quarter

However, the Lady Bears had to make sure they scored enough points to hold off a pesky Lady Hawks team that scored 23 points in the fourth quarter. They did just that by putting up 19 points.