Prep boys roundups: Trinity blows out Franklin Academy

Published 12:03am Wednesday, January 22, 2014

NATCHEZ — The Trinity Episcopal Saints went through the first half of its MAIS District 7-A scheduled undefeated after taking care of the Franklin Academy Cougars 71-18 Tuesday night.

How bad was it for Franklin Academy? The Cougars had fewer total points than Trinity Episcopal’s top two scorers in this game, Arzell and Tommy McCoy. And if that wasn’t bad enough, they failed to score a single point in the fourth quarter.

Trinity jumped out to a 26-5 lead at the end of the first quarter and took a 43-10 lead into halftime. Franklin Academy scored eight points in the third quarter, but the Cougars gave up 17 points to the Saints and trailed 60-18. In the fourth quarter, the Saints shut out the Cougars, 11-0.

Arzell McCoy led the Saints with a game-high 26 points while Tommy McCoy had 19 points and Wyatt Boothe finished with 10 points. Curt McGuffee led the Cougars with seven points.

Trinity Episcopal (15-0, 4-0) plays host to Tensas Academy at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

ACCS boys 43,

Brookhaven Academy 40

BROOKHAVEN — After getting off to a slow start, Adams County Christian School turned to its defense to turn the momentum in its favor over the next two quarters as the No. 2-ranked Rebels defeated the top-ranked Brookhaven Academy Cougars 43-40 Tuesday night to move into a first-place tie in MAIS District 5-AA.

ACCS struggled on both ends of the court in the first quarter and trailed Brookhaven Academy 16-9. But the Rebels would not fold their tent in a key district game on the road. Instead, they had a big-time response that stunned the home crowd.

Led by Lester Wells and Trey Fleming to go with a full-court defense, the Rebels outscored the Cougars 10-4 in the second quarter and 13-7 in the third quarter to take a 32-27 lead after three quarters of play. Wells had a game-high 14 points and Fleming had 13 points.

The Cougars tried to mount a comeback in the fourth quarter, only to fall a few buckets short as they scored 13 points to the Rebels’ 11 points. Zac Smith had 11 points and Josh Wiggins added 10 points for Brookhaven Academy.

ACCS (17-2, 5-1) plays at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Central Hinds Academy.

Vidalia boys 63, Marksville 53

VIDALIA — Julius Wilson led Vidalia with a game-high 21 points and Isiah Thompson chipped in with 12 points as the Vikings overcame a rough third quarter to defeat the Marksville Tigers 63-53 in an LHSAA District 3-3A game Tuesday night.

Vidalia had its way with Marksville for much of the first half. The Vikings led the Tigers 15-8 after one quarter of play and 37-22 by halftime. However, the Tigers clamped down on defense in the third quarter, holding the Vikings to a mere six points to make it a 43-38 game.

Unfortunately for Marksville, Vidalia regained its shooting rhythm in the fourth quarter. With Wilson, Thompson and Malik Jefferson leading the way, the Vikings outscored the Tigers 20-15 to escape with the victory. Jefferson added 11 points for the Vikings.

Vidalia (N/A, 2-0) plays at Jena at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Jefferson County boys 55,

Hazlehurst 54

FAYETTE — Ry’Yale Brown and Jadarrius Harried scored 13 points each for Jefferson County as the Tigers had to use a fourth-quarter rally to defeat the Hazlehurst Indians, 55-54, in MHSAA Division 7-3A action Tuesday night.

Jefferson County took control early and led Hazlehurst 17-7 at the end of the first quarter. The second quarter was much closer, but the Tigers outscored the Indians 14-13 to go into halftime with a 31-20 advantage.

And just when it looked like the Tigers were ready to pull away, the Indians had other ideas. Hazlehurst picked up the defensive pressure in the third quarter and the strategy worked as it outscored Jefferson County 22-7 for a 42-38 lead.

But the Tigers took back the momentum in the fourth quarter as they outscored the Indians 17-12 for their first win in region play. Akeem Williams and Calvin Nichols had eight points each for the Tigers.

Jefferson County (8-8, 1-2) hosts Wilkinson County Friday at 7:30 p.m.

WCCA boys 67,

Tensas Academy 31

ST. JOSEPH — Dre’ Tolliver scored 20 points and Jalen Washington added 16 points for Wilkinson County Christian Academy as the Rams defeated the Tensas Academy Chiefs 67-31 in an MAIS District 7-A game Tuesday night.

Neither team shot the ball well in the first quarter, which ended with WCCA holding an 8-4 lead. Then the Rams turned this game into a blowout over the next two quarters. They outscored the Chiefs 23-8 in the second quarter and 15-6 in the third quarter for a commanding 46-18 lead.

Colton Nettles chipped in with 14 points for the Rams. The Chiefs were led by Seth Brown, who finished with a game-high 25 points.

WCCA (4-8, 2-2) hosts Tallulah Academy next Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. Tensas Academy (N/A, N/A) next plays at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Trinity Episcopal.

Block boys 77, Montgomery 51

JONESVILLE — Raymond Plummer led Block with 17 points and Dorian Bowman had 15 points as the Bears defeated the Montgomery Tigers 77-51 in LHSAA District 3-1A action Tuesday night.

A.J. Barber added 12 points for Block, which jumped out to a 21-8 lead over Montgomery after one quarter of play and never looked back.

Block (9-7, 3-1) next plays at LaSalle at 7:30 p.m. Friday.