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Monday notebook: ACCS coach says team still has work to do after blowout win

Adams County Christian School's Mackenzie Boyd blocks Amite School Center's Tristen Bailey's pass in the first half of their MAIS District 5-AA opener Friday night. ACCS defeated ASC, 67-10. (Brittney Lohmiller \ The Natchez Democrat)
Adams County Christian School’s Mackenzie Boyd blocks Amite School Center’s Tristen Bailey’s pass in the first half of their MAIS District 5-AA opener Friday night. ACCS defeated ASC, 67-10. (Brittney Lohmiller \ The Natchez Democrat)

NATCHEZ — The Adams County Christian School Lady Rebels had little difficulty in their 67-10 victory against Amite School Center Friday night.

ACCS only allowed two points in the second half as it generated even scoring through out the game.

Head coach Melanie Hall said she was proud of her team’s energy from start to finish, but there are still some things they must work on as they start to dig into their district schedule.

“We’re going to have to continue to get better executing offensively and defensively, especially in transition,” she said.

Hall’s team put up 45 first-half points, with Bailey Boyd and Ashleigh Williams leading the pack with 12 points apiece. Hall said the win gives her players something on which to build.

“I think the win was a definite confidence boost for our kids, to see the excitement and for them to come out with the intensity that they did,” Hall said.

ACCS will play its second district game against Bowling Green at 6 p.m. Friday.

Natchez High vs. Wilkinson County

The Natchez High School girls received a wake-up call Tuesday night against Wilkinson County High School.

For the first time this season, the Lady Bulldogs were trailing at intermission, down 29-26. NHS head coach Alphaka Moore said the sluggish start showed her players talent means nothing if they don’t come out and play hard every night.

“When you have a team that has the mindset that no matter who you are, we’ll play the hardest, and a team that has that mindset that we beat everybody so we don’t have to play hard, someone will have the upper hand, and (Wilkinson) did,” Moore said.

Though NHS got off to a slow start, the Lady Bulldogs were able to return to their usual dominant style of play and outscore the Lady Wildcats 28-12 in the second half, thanks in part to Ewing’s 20-point performance in the final two quarters.

Rashonae Rice led Natchez with 23 points in its win, and the Lady Bulldogs remained undefeated thanks to an aggressive full-court press that WCHS couldn’t handle.

Centreville vs. Trinity

The Trinity Episcopal Day School Lady Saints almost got the win against Centreville Dec. 9, but they couldn’t quite get over the hump late in the fourth quarter, ultimately losing 34-33.

Marty Lewis led the team with 14 points, but it wasn’t enough to propel the Lady Saints into victory, despite having last possession with 17 seconds remaining in the game.

Trinity had five chances to take the lead on consecutive offensive rebounds in that final possession, but its jump shots wouldn’t fall though, and the lay-ups wouldn’t sink.

Trinity plays again against Ben’s Ford at 6 p.m. Friday.