Prep Roundup: Trinity struggles from the field
CLINTON — Madison-Ridgeland Academy’s defense made it tough for Trinity Episcopal’s Arzell and Tommy McCoy, as well as Michael Whitley, to get shots to fall Friday night in the boys’ semifinals of the MAIS Overall Tournament at A.E. Wood Coliseum.
But a bad shooting performance wasn’t the only thing that plagued Trinity Episcopal. Foul trouble, turnovers and missed free throws down the stretch were other key factors in its 60-50 loss to the Patriots that ended the Saints’ season.
As a team, Trinity made just 30.2 percent (16 of 53) from the field, while MRA shot a blistering 51.1 percent (24 of 47). Whitley led the Saints with 16 points to go with 10 rebounds before fouling out, but he was just 5-of-12 from the field.
Tommy McCoy had a rough game all around. He was called for three fouls by early in the second quarter, was just 1-for-9 from the field, scored only nine points and his fifth and final foul was a technical foul with 0:30 left in the game. Arzell McCoy had 11 points on 5-for-10 shooting and had a team-leading 14 rebounds.
Even though the Saints did better at the free-throw line than the Patriots did, too many trips to the line in the final few minutes ended either 0-for-2 or 1-for-2. Trinity also committed 15 turnovers.
Despite all of that, Trinity led MRA until the Patriots tied the game at 38-38 with 20 seconds to go in the third quarter. The Patriots took a 40-38 lead with two seconds left in the quarter and never relinquished it.
Jackson Langcuster and Sean Rawlings led Madison-Ridgeland Academy with 18 points each and Devin Gilmore had 10 points.
Trinity Episcopal, the only non-Class AAA team to make it this far at Overall, finished the season with a 26-3 overall record.
Pointe Coupee Central 59
JONESVILLE — Raymond Plummer and K.J. Jones scored 22
points each for No. 15 seed Block as the Bears used a big second quarter to defeat the 18th-seeded Pointe Coupee Central Cougars 81-59 Friday night in the bi-district round of the LHSAA Class 1A Playoffs.
Block was only up one point, 14-13, at the end of the first quarter before dominating Pointe Coupee Central on both ends of the court in the second quarter. The Bears put up 32 points while holding the Cougars to just seven points to take a 46-20 lead into halftime.
A.J. Barber and Dorian Bowman added 15 points each for Block (15-8), which plays at 7 p.m. Tuesday at No. 2 seed Lafayette Christian in the regional round.
Monterey 50, Castor 35
HARRISONBURG, La. — With Monterey High School’s gym not able to hold enough fans for Castor and Monterey, their LHSAA Class B bi-district round game took place at Harrisonburg High School.
It still didn’t matter as the No. 12 seed and District 6-B tri-champion Wolves took care of the No. 21 seed Tigers 50-35 Friday night to move on to the next round thanks to 15 points from Cade Passman and 10 from Trent Burley.
The Wolves outscored Castor 15-5 in the second quarter to take a 25-15 lead at halftime. The Tigers cut the lead to eight at the end of three quarters, but the Wolves used a 16-9 advantage in the fourth quarter to put the game away.
Monterey (20-9) will take on the winner of the Converse/Weston game Tuesday at a time to be determined in the regional round.
Riverside Academy 128,
RESERVE, La. — The No. 1 seed Riverside Academy Rebels rolled to a 128-57 win over the No. 32 seed Ferriday Trojans Friday night in the bi-district round of the LHSAA Class 2A Playoffs. No other information on the game was available.
Ferriday finished with an overall record of 7-16.