Prep girls roundup: Natchez gets 59-47 road win against Lanier
JACKSON — Kiana Jones finished with a game-high 20 points while Zyaire Ewing and Rashonae Rice scored 12 points apiece as the Natchez High Lady Bulldogs defeated the Lanier High School Lady Bulldogs 59-47 Tuesday night.
Even though Natchez High won by double digits over Lanier, it was not easy. The two teams nearly played to a stalemate in the first half.
The visiting Lady Bulldogs from Natchez High managed to take a 17-14 lead over the host Lady Bulldogs from Lanier at the end of the first quarter. Both teams struggled from both the field and the free-throw line in a second quarter in which each team scored nine points. That gave Natchez High a 26-23 halftime lead.
The third quarter proved to be the difference in the outcome of the game as Natchez High went on a tear and outscored Lanier 20-8 for a commanding 46-31 advantage. Even though Lanier’s offense woke up in the fourth quarter and outscored Natchez High 16-13, it was too little, too late
Dominique Loggins led Lanier with 15 points and Brittany Rose chipped in with 12 points.
Natchez High (14-2) returns to MHSAA Division 6-5A play at 6 p.m. Friday when it visits Wingfield.
Pelahatchie 52, Cathedral 35
PELAHATCHIE — Jasmiah Collier scored 14 points and Brittany Thompson had 13 points as the Pelahatchie Attendance Center Lady Chiefs bounced back from a dreadful first quarter to defeat the Cathedral Lady Green Wave 52-35 Tuesday night in an MHSAA Division 7-1A game.
Janae Collier added 10 points for Pelahatchie, which trailed Cathedral 8-2 after one quarter of play before dominating the Lady Green Wave on both ends of the court the rest of the ball game.
“They just played better in the second half,” Lady Green Wave head coach Randy Smith said. After outscoring Cathedral 17-6 in the second quarter for a 19-14 halftime lead, the Lady Chiefs continued to add to their lead for most of the second half.
Mackenzie Watts led the Lady Green Wave with a game-high 19 points.
Cathedral (9-5, 2-2) next plays at 6 p.m. Friday when it hosts Hinds Agricultural High School.
Wilkinson County 64, Hazlehurst 58
WOODVILLE — Lineasia Palmer led Wilkinson County with a game-high 25 points as the Lady Wildcats held on to defeat the Hazlehurst Lady Indians 64-58 Tuesday night in their MHSAA Division 7-3A opener.
Wilkinson County jumped out to a 16-10 lead after one quarter of play and then went into halftime with a 31-23 leading and seemingly all the momentum on its side. However, the Lady Indians responded by outscoring the Lady Wildcats 16-11 in the third quarter to make it a three-point game, 42-39.
But just as quickly, the Lady Wildcats regained their shooting touch in the fourth quarter as they outscored the Lady Indians 22-19. Ambernekia Palmer scored 12 points and Freddricka Scott added 10 points for the Lady Wildcats.
Wilkinson County (4-10, 1-0) plays at Franklin County at 6 p.m. Friday.
Ferriday 63, General Trass 56
LAKE PROVIDENCE, La. — Sha’Keria Kelly finished with 19 points and D’Asia Mitchell added 14 points as the Ferriday Lady Trojans rallied in the second half to defeat the General Trass Lady Panthers 63-56 Tuesday night in an LHSAA District 2-2A game.
Jada Griggs added 13 points for Ferriday, which found itself trailing General Trass 16-7 after one quarter of play and 26-20 at halftime before going in a furious rally in the second half.
The Lady Trojans scored 22 points in the third quarter, but they were still down by three points, 45-42 at the end of the quarter. Ferriday’s full-court defense forced the Lady Panthers into several turnovers and that allowed the Lady Trojans to outscore them 21-11 for the come-from-behind victory.
Ferriday (7-8, 2-0) next plays at 6 p.m. Friday at Winnfield.
Tallulah Academy 55, Trinity Episcopal 38
NATCHEZ — Rachel Walker led Tallulah Academy with a game-high 27 points and Alana Florice had 19 points as the Lady Trojans defeated the Trinity Episcopal Lady Saints 55-38 in an MAIS District 7-A game Tuesday night.
Trinity Episcopal hung tough with a good Tallulah Academy team and was only down by two points, 23-21, at halftime. Unfortunately, the Lady Trojans pulled way when they outscored the Lady Saints 18-6 in the third quarter for a 41-27 lead.
Marty Lewis ended up with 10 points and Rosa Williams chipped in with eight points for the Lady Saints.
Trinity Episcopal (4-12, 0-2) hosts Wilkinson County Christian Academy at 6 p.m. Friday.
Brookhaven 58, Jefferson County 53
BROOKHAVEN — Despite getting a game-high 23 points from 23 points, Jefferson County was done in by a rough third quarter as they lost to Brookhaven Lady Panthers 58-53 Tuesday night.
Jefferson County stayed neck and neck with Brookhaven throughout the first half and even took a 21-19 lead into halftime. Unfortunately, the Lady Tigers could not keep up with the Brookhaven in the third quarter and ended being outscored by the Lady Panthers 22-12 to trail 41-33 heading into the fourth quarter.
Jessica Wilson led Brookhaven with 17 points and Diamond Herring chipped in with 11 points.
Jefferson County (8-9) next plays at Crystal Springs in an MHSAA Division 7-3A game at 6 p.m. Friday.
Calvin 46, Monterey 43
MONTEREY — Avonna Wilson led Calvin with a game-high 15 points as the Lady Cougars used a fourth-quarter rally to defeat the Monterey Lady Wolves 46-43 Tuesday night.
Monterey led Calvin 32-29 after three quarters of what had been a back-and-forth ball game. But the Lady Cougars took over in the fourth quarter and outscored the Lady Wolves 17-11. Calvin also got 10 points each from Simona Curry and Katy Zimmerman.
The Lady Wolves were led by Jody Duncan with 11 points while Karlee Woodruff and Sydney Woodruff had eight points each.
Monterey (10-10) doesn’t play again until next Tuesday at 6 p.m. at St. Joseph (Plaucheville).