Prep Roundup: Trinity boys handed first loss of season
TALLULAH, La. — The Trinity Episcopal basketball team suffered their first loss of the season in an upset by Cenla Christian School in the championship round of the MAUS Class A South State tournament Saturday.
The Saints (21-1) were ousted 67-66 in a back-and-forth game where the lead changed several times.
Tommy McCoy led the Saints in scoring with 21 points as Arzell McCoy followed with 19 points. Michael Whitley tallied 12 points as well.
Cenla took an early 21-13 lead in the first quarter but the Saints bounced back to lead 33-31 at the half.
The lead was short lived as Cenla went on a tear in the second half to outscore Trinity 45-33 to take the one-point win.
Michael Whitley, Tommy McCoy and Wyatt Boothe received All-Tournament honors.
The Saints will take the No. 2 seed heading into the state tournament next week against an opponent that has yet to be determined.
Simpson Academy 69, ACCS 50
MENDENHALL, La. — The Adams County Christian School Rebels were downed 69-50 by Simpson Academy in the championship round of the MAIS Class AA South State tournament.
Lester Wells led ACCS (24-3) with nine points as no player could reach the double digits.
The host team came out on fire, scoring 20 points in the opening quarter while the Rebels only managed to score eight points.
The Rebels showed a spark of energy in the second quarter as it outscored SimpSimpson 19-14 to go into halftime down 34-27, but couldn’t go on another big run as they were outscored 35-23 in the second half to take the 69-50 loss.
Trinity girls 60,
Tallulah girls 35
TALLULAH, La. — Trinity Episcopal ninth-grader Alli Smith scored a season-high 19 points as the Lady Saints defeated the Tallulah Academy Lady Trojans 60-35 Saturday afternoon in the third-place game of the MAIS Class A South Regional Tournament at Tallulah Academy.
Smith, Sloane Young, Marty Lewis and Tali Beard each made one 3-pointer for District 7 No. 3 seed Trinity Episcopal. Young finished with 14 points while Marty Lewis had a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds and Beard scored nine points. Both Beard and Lewis made the all-tournament team.
The Lady Saints dominated the Lady Trojans on both ends of the court in the first quarter to set the tone for the game. Trinity led Tallulah Academy 19-6 at the end of that quarter and 31-19 at halftime. The second half was more of the same as the Lady Saints outscored the Lady Trojans 10-9 in the third quarter and 19-7 in the fourth quarter.
The win propelled Trinity Episcopal (11-15) into the Class A State Tournament, which will be hosted by Mt. Salus Christian School but played at Rebul Academy in Learned. The Lady Saints will be the South No. 3 seed and will take on the North Central Regional Tournament’s No. 2 seed in a first-round game on either Monday or Tuesday at a time to be determined.
Tallulah Academy, which came into the South Regional Tournament as the District 7 No. 2 seed, saw its season come to an end. The Lady Trojans were led by Mallory Gossett with 10 points while Molly Givens and Rachel Walker had nine points each.
Claiborne Academy girls 55, Tensas Academy 22
TALLULAH, La. — The Claiborne Academy Lady Rebels defeated the Tensas Academy Lady Chiefs Saturday afternoon to win the MAIS Class AA South Regional Tournament girls’ championship.
The Lady Chiefs Millicent Butler to score a game high 34 points to make the difference in the game.
Taylor Olds led Tensas with 11 points but it wasn’t enough to get the win against the defending district champions.
Three members of the Lady Chiefs’ team made the all-tournament team — Addison Capdepon, Katie Irby and Taylor Olds.
Tensas Academy (17-13) will be the South No. 2 seed for the Class A State Tournament and will face the North Central Regional Tournament No. 3 seed at a time to be determined on Monday or Tuesday in a first-round game.
Brookhaven Academy girls 36, ACCS 34
MENDENHALL, La. — The ACCS girls took a heart-breaking loss to Brookhaven Academy 36-32 in the third place game of the MAIS Class AA South State tournament.
Skylar Adams led ACCS with 10 points as the Lady Rebels’ only double-digit scorer, while Brookhaven’s Madison Warren tallied 18 points.
ACCS (25-6) started the game off strong, outscoring Brookhaven 11-2 in th first quarter.
But the second quarter made the difference in the game as Brookhaven came back to outscore ACCS 16-5 to go into halftime ahead 18-16.
The Lady Rebels weren’t able to recover from the second-quarter comeback as they suffered the 36-34 loss.
Monterey girls 37, Grace Christian 31
Monterey — The Monterey High School (15-3) girls basketball team secured second place in the district with a 37-31 win against Grace Christian Saturday.
Karlee Woodruff had 21 points for Monterey as it went on an early 14-1 run on Grace Christian in the first quarter.
Grace Christian was able to outscore Monterey in the second and third quarter 15-5 and 11-6 to take a 27-21 lead heading into the fourth quarter, but Monterey was able to bounce back with a 12-point fourth quarter that sealed the win.