Girls’ roundup: OFA puts away Lady Tigers in 4-2A battle

Published 12:00 am Saturday, January 11, 2003

CENTREVILLE &045; The Centreville Lady Tigers had a golden opportunity to stay in the hunt for the MPSA District 4-2A championship with a win at home over Oak Forest Friday night.

Instead, Chris Guy came off the bench to score five straight points, her only points of the game, late in the fourth quarter to rally the Lady Yellow Jackets to a stunning 39-36 upset win over the Lady Tigers.

&uot;They had a girl (Guy) who hadn’t played the entire game come in and it a two and then a three that gave them a four-point lead,&uot; Lady Tigers head coach John Brashier said.

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Centreville (8-5, 4-2) cut the lead to two then had a chance to tie game with 13 seconds when Emily Knighton was fouled. She made the first free throw but missed the second one, forcing the Lady Tigers to foul immediately.

Brittany Oliver, who finished with seven points, made two free throws with eight seconds left to seal the win for Oak Forest (12-10, 2-4).

Jenny Watts led Centreville with 13 points and Jenae Jackson had 10 points.

&uot;Our girls played hard,&uot; Brashier said. &uot;But their girls didn’t get rattled when we rallied. We’ve still got a shot at the second or third seed and go to South State.&uot;

The game got off to a bad start for the Lady Tigers offensively as they couldn’t buy a basket in the first quarter and were outscored 16-4 by the Lady Yellow Jackets.

&uot;We came out real lethargic in the first quarter,&uot; Brashier said. &uot;We shot 10 percent in the first quarter.&uot;

The Lady Tigers then turned to their defense in the second and third quarters to get them back in the game.

&uot;The second quarter we came out more aggressively defensively,&uot; Brashier said. &uot;The third quarter we played a different defense and that threw them off.&uot;

Centreville outscored Oak Forest 10-6 in the second quarter and 14-5 in the third quarter to take a 28-27 lead going into the fourth quarter.

Huntington girls 48, WCCA 29

WOODVILLE &045; The Huntington Lady Hounds stayed undefeated in MPSA District 7-1A, but it took a strong second half, especially the third quarter, for them to pull away from the Lady Rams Friday night.

&uot;It was one of those nights where we couldn’t buy a basket,&uot; Huntington head coach Michael McAnally said.

Emily Hazlip led Huntington with 21 points and Sarah Ashmore added 13 points as the Lady Hounds improved to 14-6 overall and, more importantly, 6-0 in district play heading into the showdown with the Tensas Lady Chiefs next Tuesday night in St. Joseph, La.

&uot;It was a very good game,&uot; Lady Rams head coach Sam Byrd IV said. &uot;The third quarter was the turning point of the game. They turned on the defensive pressure.&uot;

Huntington held a slim four-point lead, 14-10 at halftime, but ended any hopes of an upset by WCCA (7-9, 4-2) in the third quarter. The Lady Hounds outscored the Lady Rams 19-6 in that quarter to take a 33-16 lead going into the fourth quarter.

&uot;I thought we had a great second half,&uot; McAnally said. &uot;We went to a man-to-man full court press in the second half. I thought our girls finished real strong.&uot;

&uot;They’re a well-coached team,&uot; Byrd said. &uot;Coach (Michael) McAnally’s done a great job with them.

Erin Ashley led the Lady Rams with 12 points.

Ben’s Ford girls 63, Trinity Episcopal 37

BOGALUSA, La. &045; In recent years the Lady Saints had dominated the Lady Eagles in their district matchups. Friday night, the Lady Eagles turned the tables and got a convincing 26-point home win.

Katie Breland was unstoppable for Ben’s Ford as she finished with 31 points &045; nearly half the team’s points. Brittany Nielson added 13 points.

The Lady Saints (5-11, 2-4) struggled offensively in the first half and trailed 30-5 at halftime. They were held to four points in the first quarter and just one point in the second quarter.

Mallory Archer led Trinity with 14 points and Sierra Massey had 10 points.

Tensas girls 52, Pine Hills 30

GLOSTER &045; The Lady Chiefs remained just one game behind the Huntington Lady Hounds in the race for the MPSA District 7-1A crown with the 22-point win over the Lady Wildcats Friday night.

Megan Bauerle led Tensas (15-5, 5-1) with 20 points and Lyndsay Hendrix chipped in with 13 points. Brandy Arnold led Pine Hills with 13 points.

The Lady Chiefs put the game out of reach by outscoring the Lady Wildcats 44-24 over the final three quarters of the game.

Davidson girls 63, Vidalia 56

VIDALIA &045; Despite having just six players on the team, the Lady Vikings made it tough for the Lady Warriors, but the visitors from St. Joseph, La. were able to take the seven-point win Friday night.

The Lady Warriors actually trailed the Lady Vikings 42-40 at the end of the third quarter, but went on a 23-14 run in the fourth quarter to pick up the win.

Lakeitha McTeer and Jessica Winzer scored 18 points each to lead Davidson.

Gemecia Williams led Vidalia with 24 points. Sharika Williams had 18 points.