Saints flee Glenbrook as champs From staff reports

Published 12:00 am Sunday, February 16, 2003

MINDEN, La. &045; Despite three starters sitting on the bench with six minutes to go due to fouling out, Trinity Episcopal overcame a fiery Glenbrook

team to capture the MPSA Class A South State title, 64-60, on Glenbrook’s home court.

The Saints (29-4) got 25 points from Dudley Guice Jr. and 16 from Chase Brown to gut out the win in a very hostile environment.

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&uot;We played a very good ball club on their home court tonight,&uot; Trinity head coach David King said. &uot;They had their crowd into it among other things that were going in their favor and we were fortunate to get out of their with a win.&uot;

Guice and Brown were the lone starters remaining on the floor when the final horn sounded, as Gregory Ketchings, Mike Lickliter and Ryan Rachal all grabbed some pine early on in the final period when they each exited the game with five fouls.

Trey Byram, who finished with 20 points, attempted to keep the momentum in the favor of Glenbrook, but the Saints’ Marcus Archer hit some key free throws down the stretch to maintain the lead.

&uot;It really see-sawed back and forth for the whole game, and we had to play with some reserves late,&uot; King said. &uot;But the experience of Chase and Dudley held us together, and we got some good looks at the end.&uot;

Despite fouling out, Lickliter &045; a senior &045; had another impressive game. After scoring 20 points in a semifinal win over Franklin Academy, Lickliter finished with 14 against Glenbrook.

For his efforts he joined Guice, Brown and Ketchings on the all-tournament team.

&uot;When teams start sagging down on Dudley, things open up for Mike,&uot; King said. &uot;When he steps up that causes teams to scout us a little differently. It forces teams to defend us in another way and we have to take advnatage of that.&uot;

Trinity led 19-11 after the first period, but Glenbrook had cut into that

deficit by halftime with a 17-10 run to close within one, 29-28.

The Saints lost the lead for a while in the third, but regained it and emerged at the end with the win.

Simpson Academy 55, Centreville Academy 48

RAYMOND &045; Lady Tigers head coach John Brashier did not think his team should have lost to Simpson in the consolation game Saturday at the MPSA Class AA South State tournament.

Thirty-five Centreville turnovers echoed that sentiment, as Brashier felt his team was emotionally gassed after a hard-fought 8-point loss to Brookhaven the night before.

&uot;Our defense was there, we just had too many turnovers,&uot; Brashier said. &uot;I felt like we were prepared, but we just didn’t show it. We committed turnovers when there wasn’t even any real in-our-face defense. We just didn’t play cogniscient basketball.&uot;

Jenae Jackson’s 18 points led Centreville, who will begin the state playoffs on the road this Tuesday or Wednesday. Jenny Watts pitched in with 12.

The Lady Tigers were able to handcuff Simpson’s big post Adriane Lee, who finished with 11 after averaging 26 points per contest in two previous games.

&uot;This (loss) us in a precariuos position because we’ll have to play the No. 1 seed out of the north,&uot; Brashier said. &uot;We’re in a hole. It doesn’t mean we can’t get out of it, we just need a lot of rope.&uot;

Lindsey Parrish led Simpson with 15 points.