ACCS, Lady Hounds win big at tourney

Published 12:00 am Saturday, December 21, 2002

FERRIDAY, La. &045; Maybe it was just a bad case of the Saturday blues.

Sometimes it’s hard to get up for a Saturday game, coaches say, and it may be harder to get up for a Class A team when you’re a Class AAA like Adams County Christian School’s Lady Rebels.

Sluggish, but resilient nonetheless. The Lady Rebels took a 45-30 win over Franklin Academy at the Huntington tournament Saturday.

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&uot;I think we were over-anxious,&uot; ACCS point guard Amy Mardis said. &uot;We focused more on how they were acting toward us. I think we passed the ball better. We’re seeing the open man better now. I think we play better against a zone. We’ve got a lot of girls that can shoot.&uot;

The shooting came together in the fourth quarter after the Lady Cougars cut the lead to 36-29 on two free throws from Megan Till with 4:27 left.

Mardis then got a steal off the press and converted the open layup, and she later knocked down two free throws for a 40-30 lead with 3:23 left.

Huntington girls 68, Briarfield 21

Huntington’s Sarah Ashmore almost outscored Briarfield by herself. Teammate Emily Hazlip had as many points as the Lady Rebels’ top two leading scorers.

And not only did Briarfield have no answer for Ashmore and Hazlip, they also had problems with Huntington’s swarming press defense as the Lady Hounds cruised to a win Saturday at the Huntington Tournament.

&uot;Tonight we pushed the ball up the floor as good as we’ve done all year,&uot; Huntington head coach Michael McAnally said. &uot;We talked about being aggressive. We want to rebound better and keep the other teams off the offensive boards.&uot;

Huntington’s defense was so good that Briarfield failed to score in double figures in any of the four quarters and its leading scorer was Callie Lensing with just seven points.

Huntington boys 50, Briarfield 44

A big defensive stand in the third quarter and four straight free throws by Bronson Rhodes in the fourth quarter proved to be key factors in the Hounds’ win over the Rebels in final game of the tournament.

&uot;I thought our kids gave a gutsy effort,&uot; McAnally said. &uot;We were without Patrick Clayton, so we were a little thin.&uot;

Huntington (5-8) led by only two, 26-24 at the break but had a 13-3 run in the third quarter to take a 39-27 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

Silliman girls 58, Trinity Episcopal 44

NATCHEZ &045; Even though the Trinity Episcopal Lady Saints are fielding their youngest team in about five years, they will still leave it all on the court no matter who the opponent is.

Such was the case Saturday afternoon as they hung tough against a good Silliman Lady Wildcats team before the visitors came away with a 58-44 win at Clyde Adams Arena.

&uot;I thought my girls played beautifully,&uot; Lady Saints head coach Melanie Hall said. &uot;The girls were pleased with the effort. We had fun.&uot;

Trinity Episcopal boys 71, Silliman 41

NATCHEZ &045; Dudley Guice Jr. returned from a one-game hiatus in style with game-highs of 30 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Saints (7-2) to the easy 30-point win as they extended their home winning streak to 41 games.

&uot;Today we played better than we did yesterday (against Tensas),&uot; Saints head coach David King said. &uot;We had (Mike) Lickliter and Guice out yesterday.&uot;

Trinity dominated the first three quarters on both ends of the court as the Saints outscored the Wildcats 21-11 in the first quarter, 23-14 in the second and 23-10 in the third to lead 67-35 going into the fourth.