Ferriday High School’s Jada Griggs dribbles down the court past Keliah Williams, left, and Kaneisha Carr of Sterlington High School Saturday afternoon. (Brittney Lohmiller \ The Natchez Democrat)
Ferriday High School’s Jada Griggs dribbles down the court past Keliah Williams, left, and Kaneisha Carr of Sterlington High School Saturday afternoon. (Brittney Lohmiller \ The Natchez Democrat)

Ferriday girls go scoreless in final 3 minutes in loss to Sterlington

Published 12:02am Sunday, February 2, 2014

FERRIDAY — Lisa Abron looked lost on offense, and there was no better example of that than the final three minutes for the Ferriday High School varsity girls Saturday.

In a key LHSAA District 2-2A matchup against Sterlington High School, the Lady Trojans cut the Lady Panthers’ lead to 49-47 with 3:23 remaining on a 3-pointer by Shakeria Kelly. But Ferriday would go scoreless the rest of the way, as Sterlington pulled away to top Ferriday, 56-47.

“It was just total frustration (on the girls’ part),” Abron said of those final minutes. “Dealing with a young team, they don’t know how to handle a situation like this, where the calls aren’t really going their way like we want it to. It’s just growing pains. They just have to mature and learn how to play through things.”

Sterlington went to the line three times in the final three minutes, while Ferriday only went to the line once in that timeframe, missing both free throw attempts.

The Lady Trojans jumped out to an early 15-9 lead before the Lady Panthers recovered to make it 17-15 Ferriday after one. Ferriday led 32-30 at the half, but Sterlington held the Lady Trojans to just five points in the third quarter, taking a 41-37 lead after three.

Even though Ferriday played an afternoon game the day after a night game, Abron said she didn’t think fatigue was a major factor in her team’s struggles.

“Besides last night, we hadn’t played since last week, so I don’t really think fatigue was a factor,” she said. “Maybe just a little bit, but I’m not going to use that as an excuse.”

Shakeria Kelly led Ferriday with 17 points, and Jada Griggs finished the game with 13 points.

Ferriday fell to 9-9 overall, 4-2 in district play.

Sterlington boys 64, Ferriday 41

A sluggish second half for the Trojans’ offense spelled trouble as Sterlington dropped Ferriday to 2-4 in district play with a 64-41 win Saturday.

Ferriday trailed 29-23 at the half, and Sterlington pulled away in the third quarter with a 23-point performance while limiting Ferriday to 11 points in the frame.

Semaj Colvin had a game-high 24 points for Sterlington, while Kerry Brooks and DaJohn Mitchell led the Trojans with 10 points apiece.

Ferriday will return to action Tuesday, when it hosts Winnfield for senior night.