Missy Gators pound Natchez in shutout

Published 12:00 am Friday, December 13, 2002

NATCHEZ &045; The Vicksburg Missy Gators proved why they are the second-ranked team in the state as seven different players scored in a 13-0 win over the Natchez High Lady Bulldogs Friday night.

&uot;We spread it around. We worked hard,&uot; Vicksburg coach Kevin Manton said. &uot;We practice shooting every day. We’re on a roll. We’re doing pretty good.&uot;

Vicksburg improved to 12-1-1 overall and 1-0 in District 6-5A while Natchez dropped to 1-6 and 0-1.

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Natchez goalie Amber Smoot made key saves, especially from the latter stages of the first half on, that kept the score a lot more respectable than it could have ended up, Natchez coach Dennis Hogue said.

&uot;Amber’s incredible,&uot; Hogue said. &uot;She was the difference between the score being 13-0 and 20-0.&uot;

And despite the lopsided score, both coaches agreed that the Lady Bulldogs played better than their first meeting (a non-district game) on Nov. 12.

&uot;It was a fun game. A big improvement,&uot; Hogue said. &uot;The score didn’t reflect that. During the game the players were laughing. They’re enjoying it more.&uot;

&uot;Natchez improved from the first time we played them,&uot; Manton said.

The Missy Gators got three goals from Brandi Parker and Jill Rush and two goals each from sisters Holly and Brandi Head. Also scoring were Miranda Hunt, Beverly Simmons and Viola Howard.

&uot;Both played together last year,&uot; Manton said of the Head sisters. &uot;They’re good ones. Parker’s a good one, too.&uot;

Although Rush had her trio of goals in the second half, Natchez played better and was more aggressive than in the first half.

Natchez didn’t have too many scoring opportunities in the game when the ball crossed midfield, but Tanieka Hill tried her best to get the Lady Bulldogs in the scoring column.

Behind the hat trick from Parker and two goals and an assist from Holly Head, Vicksburg took a 9-0 halftime lead.