Trinity splits pair; Jefferson County cruises to win

Published 12:00 am Sunday, December 23, 2001

BOGALUSA, La. – Trinity Episcopal’s boys varsity basketball split a pair of MPSA District 5-1A games with Ben’s Ford Friday night.

The Saints’ attempt at back-to-back undefeated seasons in district play came to an stunning end as they were upset by Ben’s Ford 77-73. The loss dropped the Saints to 5-1 overall and 4-1 in district play.

Dudley Guice Jr. scored 29 points and had 17 rebounds for Trinity Episcopal. Chad Ridley added 22 points and 10 boards. Chase Brown had 18 points.

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The key factors in the game were three-point shooting and free-throw shooting.

Ben’s Ford hit eight three-pointers and were 17-for-21 from the line. The Saints, on the other hand, made just three three-pointers and were a uncharacterist 10-for-21 at the line. The game was pretty much a tale of two halves for both teams.

Trinity Episcopal got off to a good start offensively and then held Ben’s Ford to 12 points in the second quarter to take a 41-32 halftime lead. The second half, however, was another story – particularly the fourth quarter. Ben’s Ford cut the Saints’ lead to five going into the fourth quarter.

Ben’s Ford then outscored the Saints 23-14 in the final frame to pull off the upset.

Lady Saints 57, Ben’s Ford 36

The Lady Saints remained undefeated in district play with a 57-36 win. Vanessa Gordon had 14 points, and Becky Bass had 13 points to lead the Lady Saints.

Lauren Tanner added nine points and 10 rebounds as the Lady Saints improved to 9-1 overall and 5-0 in district play. No player for Ben’s Ford’s girls team scored in double figures, as it was led by Brittney Nielson with nine points.

The Lady Saints took control of the game with a dominating first quarter on both ends of the court, taking a 26-3 lead at the end of the quarter. They then took a 40-15 halftime lead and led 50-21 after three quarters of play. Trinity Episcopal plays in a double-elimination tournament at Sharkey-Issaquena Academy in Rolling Fork Thursday through Saturday.

The varsity girls play Manchester at 1:30 p.m. Thursday followed by the varsity boys against Manchester at 2:45 p.m.

Jefferson County 69, North Pike 50

SUMMIT – Despite having just one player score in double figures, the Jefferson County Tigers cruised to a 69-50 win over the North Pike Jaguars Friday night.

With the win, Jefferson County improved to 8-7 overall and, more important, 5-2 in Division 6-3A.

Delvin Thompson was the only player to break double digits for Jefferson County, finishing with a game-high 27 points.

Juan Wyatt chipped in with eight points. Dewones Smith and David Tyler added seven points apiece.

North Pike hung tough with the Tigers in the first quarter and trailed only 14-10 at the end of the quarter.

The second quarter, however, was costly for the Jaguars as they were outscored 14-6 and trailed by 12 at halftime.

Jefferson County put the game completely out of reach with a dominating third quarter, scoring 23 points while holding North Pike to nine points.

Glover Quinn led North Pike with 26 points.

Jefferson County goes up against Lanier at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Capital City Classic in Jackson.