Wildcats upset McComb on road; Tigers pound CS

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, January 15, 2003

McCOMB &045; The Wilkinson County Wildcats went into McComb Tuesday with one thing on their minds &045; avenge a 40-point loss to the Tigers in the finals of the McComb Tournament last month.

The Wildcats (17-5) once again overcame yet another sluggish first quarter and then held on for a shocking 76-70 upset win on the road over the 12th-ranked Tigers.

&uot;It was a very big win for us,&uot; Wildcats head coach Henry Story said. &uot;My kids has some revenge from the Christmas holiday. We got our revenge.The last time we played them we went to a matchup zone and they (McComb) had their way. This time we decided to play man-to-man with four big guys.&uot;

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Just like in many of their first 21 games of the season, the Wildcats had problems scoring in the first quarter and trailed the Tigers 12-10 at the end of the quarter.

But the Wildcats got things going in the second quarter as they took advantage of McComb’s Jackie Butler having to set on the bench in foul trouble and outscored the Tigers 24-14 to take a 36-24 halftime lead.

Trinity Episcopal 67, Pine Hills 22

NATCHEZ &045; Dudley Guice Jr. had game-highs in scoring and rebounding with 26 points and 18 rebounds. Chase Brown had 14 points and a game-high 15 assists.

Gregory Ketchings had 13 points. Marcus Archer finished with 10 points and 15 rebounds.

Trinity won the game despite having three players &045; Mike Lickliter, Roy Cheng and Ryan Rachal &045; dressed for the game due to illness.

Jefferson County boys 80, Crystal Springs 60

FAYETTE &045; Even though the host Tigers outscored the visiting Tigers in all four quarters, the third quarter proved to be the difference in this Division 7-3A game Tuesday night.

Crystal Springs hung tough with Jefferson County throughout the first half and trailed by only six, 31-25, at halftime.

Jefferson County (7-10, 3-4) then outscored Crystal Springs 25-15 in the third quarter to take a 56-40 lead going into the fourth quarter.

Parklane boys 63, ACCS 56

NATCHEZ &045; The first quarter proved to be critical in this game as the Rebels (10-6) trailed the Pioneers (12-5) 20-9 at the end of the quarter and tried to play catch-up from there.

ACCS tried to rally from that 11-point deficit and outscored Parklane 9-6 in the second quarter and 21-17 in the third quarter to cut the deficit to just four points, 43-39, going into the fourth quarter.

Parklane, however, outscored ACCS 20-17 in the fourth quarter to end the upset bid by the Rebels.

Tallulah High boys 66, Block 60

TALLULAH, La. &045; LaBrandon Campbell led three Tallulah players in double figures with 33 points as the Trojans won the District 4-1A opener for both teams.

&uot;We came out slow. We weren’t patient,&uot; Bears head coach Carl Gilmore said. &uot;They were patient. Once they got the lead, they played a stall game.&uot;

West Lincoln 69, Cathedral 45

BROOKHAVEN &045; The Green Wave hung tough by the end of the first quarter before West Lincoln exploded for 27 points in the second before taking the win.

The Bears (10-8, 4-0) outscored Cathedral 27-8 in the second quarter after holding an 11-8 edge by the end of the first to take a 39-16 lead at halftime.