Jefferson upends Amite County; Wave gets win

Published 12:00 am Saturday, January 10, 2004

FAYETTE &045; The Jefferson County Tigers knocked Amite County off the ranks of the unbeatens in Region 7-3A with a huge 58-46 win over the Trojans Friday night.

The win by Jefferson County (10-11, 6-1) now gives the Tigers a two-game lead in the win column over the Trojans (10-3, 4-1) in region play.

Which is also key considering that the Tigers’ next four games, all region games, will be on the road.

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&uot;We knew coming in we had to take care of home,&uot; Tigers head coach Marcus Walton said. &uot;My hat goes off to Amite County. They played hard.&uot;

Dudley Guice Jr. led Jefferson County with 17 points.

The way the Tigers ended up winning the game by 12 points was simply amazing.

&uot;We were up five with 1:45 left. They hit a three and then got a steal and hit another three with 1:30 left to go up one,&uot; Walton said. &uot;The kids went straight man to man (defense). We ran our offense. We got a couple of steals. We go a couple of layups and hit a few free throws. We got rebounds and putbacks.&uot;

The Tigers scored the last 13 points of the game over the last 90 seconds to pull out an important win.

Walton noted that, until the waning moments of the game, neither team had a lead of more than five points.

Trinity 63, Ben’s Ford 37

NATCHEZ &045; Unlike previous years when both teams lit up the scoreboard, the Saints put an end to this game early, jumping out to a big lead and never looking back.

What was supposed to be perhaps a close game was anything but as Trinity (8-6, 6-0) proved why it has won five straight district championships and will probably get number six this season.

The Saints jumped out to a 20-6 lead over the Eagles (4-5, 2-4) at the end of the first quarter and then led 38-14 at halftime.

Cathedral 46, Pelahatachie 42

PELAHATCHIE &045; Thanks to 13 points each from Turner Smith and Jonathan Jackson, the Green Wave won their second straight Region 7-1A contest, but they hold a rally by the Chiefs in the process.

Cathedral not only picked up its second win in a row but its also moved to the .500 mark in region play.

Cathedral (5-12, 2-2) led Pelahatchie 18-5 after one quarter of play, but the Chiefs (0-13, 0-4), trying to get a win under their belt this season, chipped away at the Green Wave’s lead over the final three quarters, but ran out of time.

Vidalia 81, Davidson 76

ST. JOSEPH, La. &045; Tony Hawkins scored a game-high 36 points, and the Vikings needed every one of them to hold on for a closer-than-expected win over a struggling Warriors team Friday night.

Vidalia (7-2) led 29-17 at the end of the first quarter and seemed to be in control. But perhaps the Vikings underestimated the Warriors.

Davidson (3-8) cut into Vidalia’s lead and trailed by just three going into the fourth quarter before the Vikings took a 20-18 advantage in the final quarter to take the win.

Wilkinson County 83, North Pike 54

SUMMIT &045; The Wildcats opened up a close game with a 16-6 advantage in the second quarter and cruised to a 29-point win in a Region 7-3A game Friday night.

The Wildcats then went on to outscore the Jaguars 50-32 in the second half to ice the victory.

Jamal Andrews led Wilkinson County (8-8, 4-2) with 30 points and Bryant Spiller added 20 points.

Glover Quinn led North Pike (7-9, 1-3) with 20 points.

Huntington 41, WCCA 33

FERRIDAY, La. &045; The Hounds finally picked up their first win of the season in MPSA District 7-A by knocking off the Rams Friday night.

Trailing 9-8 after one quarter of play, the tide of the game turned the Hounds’ way in the second quarter, where they outscored the Rams 13-6.

Huntington (2-12, 1-4) then put the game on ice by outscoring WCCA (3-8, 2-3) 10-8 in the third quarter.