Natchez overtakes Jefferson County

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, January 12, 2000

FAYETTE – Natchez High’s boys overcame a 10-point deficit in the second half to defeat Jefferson County 61-57 in Fayette Tuesday.

Jefferson County’s girls upended Natchez 70-49.

In the boys game, the Tigers led Natchez 13-10 after one period of play and 32-22 at halftime.

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&uot;I thought the kids did a decent job even though we didn’t shoot the ball very well,&uot; said Natchez High head coach Mike Martin.

Natchez cut the lead to 43-38 at the end of the three quarters.

Late in the third quarter the contest was stopped for 20 minutes because of an altercation in the stands. Both teams went to their respective dressing rooms.

&uot;I was proud of the kids because they came out really focused and not looking up in the stands,&uot; Martin said.

Natchez outscored Jefferson County 23-15 in the final period to pull out the win.

David Haywood led Natchez with 31 points, despite hitting only 2 of 8 free throws.

Natchez made only 8 of 31 free throws on the night.

&uot;The biggest thing we learned tonight was perseverance,&uot; Martin said.

Jefferson County was 15 of 28 from the charity stripe.

Vasshun Newborne added 10 for Natchez. Jefferson County was led by Shequita Smith with 23.

Natchez hosts Murrah Friday.

The Mustangs, ranked No. 1 in the prep poll, fell to No. 10 Brookhaven 58-55 Tuesday to fall to 14-3..

In other prep action Tuesday, Vidalia split with McCall and Trinity swept Pine Hills

Vidalia boys were beaten by McCall 91-74 in their District 3-2A opener.

No details were available.

The Lady Vikings pulled out a 69-68 win over McCall as Brendy Ellis netted 20 and Brittny Williams added 19.

&uot;That was a big win for us,&uot; said Vidalia coach Lillian Johnson.

Trinity’s boys and girls had easy wins as Kris Thomson netted 15 and Bobby Craig added 12 in a 64-21 win. The Lady Saints won 75-19 as Becky Bass and Sarah Kirby scored 15 points each.