Ferriday wins SIHS tourney; Pryor honored

Published 12:00 am Sunday, January 5, 2003

SICILY ISLAND, La. &045; Talk Ferriday Lady Trojan basketball, and people will always throw out the name Monique Jones.

And deservedly so.

But there’s more to the team than Jones, and the Lady Trojans got a big boost from point guard LaShawnda Pryor Saturday as they beat Harrisonburg and Newellton in the finals to claim the girls’ title at the C.B. Coney Memorial Tournament at Sicily Island.

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Pryor was named MVP of the tournament, while Jones and Latasha Cain were named first team all-tournament.

&uot;LaShawnda did a heck of a job for us in both games,&uot; Ferriday head coach Lisa Abron said. &uot;She has always been overshadowed. That was good for her, and I was very proud of her. She was all over the floor getting steals, taking charges and grabbing rebounds. She played like an MVP tonight. She earned it.&uot;

It was Pryor who came through late in the game against Newellton as the Lady Trojans (18-0) won, 52-47. Ferriday opened up to a big lead at halftime before Newellton made a run in the second half to make a game of it.

Monique Jones spent much of the second half in foul trouble, and the Lady Trojans managed just 12 points to Newellton’s 31.

&uot;When she’s out of the game, we have a tendency to not step up and score,&uot; Abron said. &uot;That’s something we’ve got to get away from. We kind of stand around and wait for somebody to shoot it.&uot;

The Lady Trojans were solid in the first half as they held a 36-16 lead. Pryor led all scorers with 18, while Newellton’s top scorer was Kimberly Jones with 24.

In the first game the Lady Trojans had less difficulty putting away Harrisonburg, 60-41, in the semifinal. But the Lady Bulldogs didn’t go down easy, and they have been the cause of the Lady Trojans’ sluggish final against Newellton.

&uot;We were tired,&uot; Abron said. &uot;They (Harrisonburg) really made us play defense in that game. We had to sit around a long time before we played that second game. I just attribute that (second game) to being tired, but we held on.&uot;

The Lady Trojans jumped out to a 16-7 lead on Harrisonburg and used a 16-12 edge in the second to lead 32-19 at half. They followed with a 16-10 advantage in the third to lead 48-29 heading into the fourth.

Pryor led Ferriday with 19, while Jones had 18. Kirby Johnson led Harrisonburg with 15.

Vidalia wins boys’ title

The Vikings may have been a little more fluid, but the competition got higher. They put away Delhi in the championship, 65-62, after downing Ferriday in the semifinal, 46-39.

Delhi (15-3) came into the contest having won a game against Winnsboro, one of the three teams to beat Vidalia so far this season.

The Vikings used a 19-17 edge in the fourth quarter to hold on for the win and hold off Delhi’s three perimeter shooters, who combined for 42 points.

&uot;We played zone defense for the most part, but we did play a little matchup zone and man on their three perimeter guys,&uot; Vidalia head coach Robert Sanders said. &uot;We tried to press them a little bit, but that wasn’t effective. They double- and triple-teamed the low post. So Ajay (Warner) and Tony (Hawkins) opened that up. When they do go out and play the perimeter, we would go inside.&uot;

Warner finished the game with 25 points after hitting 16 against Ferriday and 25 Thursday against Epps.

He triggered the fourth quarter run, but the third quarter the Vikings went flat and allowed Delhi back in it. Vidalia used a 17-7 run in the second to lead 38-29 at half, but the Bears held a 16-8 edge in the third to trim the lead to 46-45.

&uot;We just came out flat,&uot; Sanders said. &uot;We’ve had bad third quarters.

I thought we were over that in the last three games, but it’s something we’ll have to work on again.&uot;

In the semifinal, Vidalia jumped out to a 17-9 lead by the end of the first and held a 33-22 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

Chris Watson led Ferriday with 13 points.