NHS ends tournament with wins

Published 12:00 am Saturday, December 9, 2000

It was a good night for the Natchez High Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs Saturday night in the Natchez High Hoops Classic at the Natchez High Gym.

The Bulldogs overcame a bad second quarter to defeat the Ferriday Trojans 71-56 and the Lady Bulldogs came away with a come-from-behind 50-44 win over the Lady Trojans.

In the boys game, Natchez’s Jamal Bouldin got off to a slow start, but came on strong late to lead all scorers with 29 points with six three-pointers.

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&uot;In the first half, our mind wasn’t into the game,&uot; Bouldin said.

Natchez (12-1) had one of its worst periods this season in the second quarter, scoring only four points. The Bulldogs trailed Ferriday (6-3) at halftime 23-21.

&uot;At halftime, Coach (Mike Martin) told us to play like we play and play to win and it would lead us to victory,&uot; Bouldin said.

The second half belonged to Natchez, as they outscored Ferriday 50-33 for the final score.

&uot;The second half we knew we had to come out and play hard and play defense,&uot; said Vasshun Newborne. &uot;We came out with a ‘w’ and won the championship.&uot;

Je’Kel Foster added 18 points and hit three three-pointers to go along with six rebounds and four steals. Newborne had 11 points and nine rebounds.

Jason Scott led Ferriday with 18 points, 11 rebounds and six blocks. D’Juan Banks added 13 points, four rebounds and two blocks.

In the girls game, Ferriday jumped out to a 25-17 halftime lead by outscoring Natchez 18-6 in the second quarter.

But the Lady Bulldogs (10-5) came back with a fury in the third quarter, outscoring the Lady Trojans (6-4) 19-8 to take a 36-33 lead.

&uot;We wanted to win this game and this tournament,&uot; said Angel Taylor, who had 11 points, seven rebounds and four steals after getting off to a slow start. &uot;So I had to step it up. We hadn’t won this tournament in a while.&uot;

Chrystal Sylvester led the Lady Bulldogs with 17 points and 13 rebounds. Crystal Brown added 11 points and nine rebounds.

&uot;I just concentrated on my game and had fun,&uot; she said. &uot;I believe that we realized how much we wanted to win this tournament and had more determination (in the second half).&uot;

Monique Jones led Ferriday with 20 points and had eight rebounds.