Lady Hounds clobbered from South State

Published 12:00 am Thursday, February 13, 2003

MINDEN, La. &045; A season of hopes and dreams and state championship aspirations all came to a screeching halt Wednesday night for Huntington in the second round of the MPSA Class A South State tournament.

The Lady Hounds (22-9) ran into a buzzsaw in the Porter’s Chapel sister tandem of Brady and Brittany Willis who led PC with 24 and 15, respectively in the 66-49 victory over the top-seeded Lady Hounds.

&uot;It was certainly a disappointing way to go out, but there is no reason for the girls to hang their heads,&uot; Huntington head coach Michael McAnally said. &uot;I give Porter’s Chapel a lot of credit for pressing us and making us do things we don’t normally do.&uot;

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Sarah Ashmore and Erin Hedrick led the Lady Hounds with 18 and 11, respectively, as Huntington never could recover from a 26-13 second period that saw Tiffany Ferguson pick up her fourth foul just before the half.

Porter’s Chapel never let up in the second half, outscoring the Lady Hounds in both quarters.

ACCS boys 67, Parklane 50

MCCOMB &045; With Jackson Prep players and coaches scouting and looking on, the Rebels turned in their best performance of the season Wednesday against a Parklane team that had beaten them twice in the regular season.

The win advanced ACCS (17-8) into a MPSA Class AAA South State semifinal today at 7:30 p.m. against Prep, who the Rebels knocked off in Natchez earlier this year.

&uot;We’re going to come right out and challenge (Prep),&uot; ACCS head coach Ricky Gray said. &uot;Parklane is an outstanding ball club, but the pieces fell together for us tonight.&uot;

Dustin Case led the Rebels with 23, while Luke Ogden chipped in with 15.

Franklin County boys 38, North Pike 37

MEADVILLE &045; Better late than never.

The Bulldogs (17-8) got outplayed for 31 minutes, and 57 seconds of Wednesday night’s division 7-3A tournament first-round battle with North Pike until Bobby Henderson hit a 3-pointer, was fouled and made the free throw for the win.

&uot;We got our butts kicked. We got pounded the whole game,&uot; Franklin County head coach Chris Jordan said. &uot;The score was not indicative of how bad North Pike beat us.&uot;

North Pike ran a Princeton, slow-down style of offense that caused the Bulldogs fits.

Henderson’s 15 guided Franklin County into today’s matchup with Hazelhurst at 8:30 p.m.

&uot;If we play like that against Hazelhurst, they’re going to short out the scoreboard on us,&uot; Jordan said.

Wilkinson County girls 53, Crystal Springs 45

meadville &045; lady Wildcats’ head coach Edwin White got what he wanted. Since his girls played Jefferson County close two times this year, he’s been wanting a rematch.

Wednesday night’s opening round division 7-3A tournament defeat of Crystal Springs will give him that chance.

&uot;I don’t know what’s causing it, but the girls are playing with a lot of hunger right now,&uot; White said. &uot;Whatever it is I hope they keep it up against Jefferson County.&uot;

Tasha Williams’ 17 points led Wilkinson County (11-18), as Nakia Stewart and Kim Griffin dropped in 13 and 10, respectively.

The Lady Wildcats will try to exact some revenge today at 4 p.m. against the top-seeded Lady Tigers.

Copiah Academy 39, ACCS 36

MCCOMB &045; The Lady Rebels had their best shooter on and Copiah on the ropes heading into the fourth period.

However, ACCS’s Nikki Hankins got hurt late in the third period and the Lady Rebels couldn’t find the shooters they needed late to hold the lead. A win and AC would have locked up a state playoff spot.

&uot;They played as hard as I could’ve asked of them,&uot; Lady Rebels’ head coach Bruce Pickle said. &uot;We deserved to win that game. The effort was there. I guess it wasn’t meant to be.&uot;

Heather Holloway and Hankins led ACCS with 11 and 10 points, respectively.