Tensas tourney kicks off as hosts sweep Tallulah
Published 12:00 am Friday, December 14, 2001
Host team advances, Adams County Rebels to play Briarfield today
ST. JOSEPH, La. – Not even stormy weather could keep Tensas Academy’s varsity basketball teams from getting off to a good start in the Tensas Tournament Thursday night as they swept Tallulah Academy to open up tournament play.
Lady Chiefs cruise in bracket opener
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The Lady Chiefs held Tallulah’s girls under double figures in all four quarters en route to the 33-point rout.
The Lady Chiefs, who improved to 4-6 overall, got 18 points from Lyndsay Hendrix and 16 points from Shelby Alford.
The nightcap saw the Lady Chiefs exploded out of the gates, opening up a 20-point margin behind some nice shooting, leading 28-8 after one quarter of play.
And although the scoring slowed down considerably util the halftime break Tensas Academy was able to extend their lead by four.
It was a long game from the start for Tallulah (3-8) as Tensas jumped out to a 28-8 lead at the end of the first quarter. Although Tallulah’s girls did play better defensively, holding Tensas to nine points in the second quarter, 11 in the third and 13 in the fourth, they were actually outscored in each of those quarters (9-5, 11-9 and 13-6).
Only three players scored for Tallulah – Amanda Muse with 15 points, Brittany Scott with eight points Samantha Mathix with five points.
Hendrix paced the home team’s defensive attack with 10 steals. Shelby Alford also had a big night on the boards, by grabbing 15 rebounds.
Next up for the Lady Chiefs is the winner of the Adams County Christian School/Briarfield winner in the girls finals at 5:30 p.m. Saturday.
ACCS will play Briarfield at 6:45 p.m. today.
Chiefs need defensive stand to stave off Tallulah
The Chiefs turned to their defense in the second and third quarters to pull out a come-from-behind win to even their record at 1-1.
Lee Hale had game-highs of 33 points and 16 rebounds for Tensas. David Crigler added 10 points.
Tallulah (6-6) led 24-16 after one quarter of play, but Tensas took the lead for good with a strong second quarter, outscoring Tallulah 24-5 to take a 40-29 halftime lead.
Trailing by 13 points after three quarters of play, Tallulah tried to rally, but could only outscore Tensas by six points, 17-11, in the final quarter.
Derrick Busby led Tallulah with 15 points and Stuart Frith chipped in with 10 points. The Chiefs will play the winner of the ACCS/Briarfield game in the boys finals at 7 p.m. Saturday. The ACCS/Briarfield game will be played at 8 p.m. today.