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Boys Prep Roundup: Natchez boys handed first loss in 91-64 defeat

HATTIESBURG — The Natchez High School boys were handed their first loss of the season in the Hattiesburg High School Coca-Cola Holiday Classic as they were devastated by Hattiesburg High School 91-64.

Gary Woods led the Bulldogs with 21 points, and De’Arius Griffin scored 16 points in the loss. Michael Woodard had 18 points for Hattiesburg and three other players scored in double figures as well.

The Bulldogs couldn’t stop find a way to slow down Hattiesburg as they took a 22-11 lead after the first quarter. Though Natchez was able to generate more points in the second quarter with 17, the Bulldogs didn’t contain Hattiseburg, which scored 27 points to go into the locker room down 49-28.

Natchez outscored Hattiesburg in the third quarter 24-18, but could not stay consistent as the players ran out of gas in the final quarter, scoring just 12 points to Hattiesburg’s 24.

Natchez High will paly again at 4:30 p.m. today against Brandon High School.

Vidalia 57, Ferriday 56

SICILY ISLAND — It was a thriller at the Sicily Island High School 2013 Basketball Tournament Friday as the Vidalia High School boys snuck past Ferriday High School on a clutch free throw by Julius Wilson.

With the score tied 56-56, Wilson was fouled with 0.9 of a second left and hit one of two free throws to give the Vikings a 57-56 lead.

Ferriday wasn’t able to get a good look with a very limited amount of time as the Vikings took the win.

Wilson scored 17 points, but Isiah Thompson had a game high 26 points for the Vikings. Da’John Mitchell scored 20 points for Ferriday and Ronald Davis and Will Scott tallied on 13 and 10 points, respectively.

Ferriday led 17-14 in the first quarter, but a weak second quarter performance made the difference in the game.

The Trojans were only able to generate seven points as Vidalia put up 15 points to take a 29-24 lead at half time that Ferriday was never able to recover from, though they outscored Vidalia 16-14 in the third and fourth quarter.

Vidalia plays again at 7:40 today against Franklin Parish High School while Ferriday plays at 6:40 p.m. against Tensas High School.

Trinity boys 70, Prairie View 44

BROOKHAVEN — Four Trinity Episcopal Day School players scored in double figures as the Saints defeated Prairie View Academy 70-44 in the 2013 Brookhaven Academy Holiday Invitational Friday.

The McCoy Brothers led the Saints in scoring, Tommy put up a game-high 26 points while Arzell dropped 17 points. Wyatt Boothe added on 14 points as Michael Whitley tallied 12 points as well.

The Saints stayed in command throughout the game, never losing their lead, though the first quarter was a slow start. Trinity went up 13-10, but really pulled away in the second quarter when they outscored Prairie View 24-10 to lead 37-20 at halftime.

The dominance continued in the second half as they scored 33 second-half points and only allowed 24 points from Prairie View.

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