Garrison sparks Lady Trojans to win; Lady Wave falls
Published 12:00 am Saturday, January 31, 2004
CROWVILLE, La. &045; In what was a must-win situation for Ferriday, Jameca Garrison stepped up big time on her way to a 31-point performance to help the Lady Trojans defeat the Crowville Lady Bulldogs 62-61 Friday night.
Ferriday (11-7 overall) moved into a tie for third place with Crowville (14-11 overall) at 2-3 in District 4-2A, but not before the Lady Trojans withstood a late Lady Bulldog rally.
&uot;Pressure defense is what won it for us. We tried to hold them off the last two or three minutes,&uot; Lady Trojans head coach Lisa Abron said. &uot;We had a 10-point lead at one point (in the fourth quarter).&uot;
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As for Garrison’s stellar game, Abron said, &uot;She was outstanding on offense. She had a lot of nice shots tonight. Once she got the momentum there was no stopping her. She was getting fouled and got three-point plays.&uot;
But Ferriday then let Crowville back in the game by sending the Lady Bulldogs to the free throw line, but the Lady Trojans did just enough to hold on for the win.
One Crowville player the Lady Trojans tried their best to stop was Keisha Jones, but despite their efforts she still scored a game-high 35 points.
&uot;We tried to contain Keisha. But this girl’s so strong we couldn’t contain her,&uot; Abron said. &uot;We tried to double team her to force the other players to take outside shots.&uot;
Both teams got off to a slow start as Ferriday took an 8-6 lead at the end of the first quarter, but couldn’t increase its lead in the second quarter and still led by two, 23-21 at halftime.
The Lady Trojans then upped their lead to five, 42-37, going into the fourth quarter.
Wilkinson Co. 69, Amite Co. 49
WOODVILLE &045; It’s hard to let up on your opponent, especially when that opponent is your biggest rival.
Lady Wildcats head coach Edwin White was trying to get his team to run clock during the last minutes of the victory; however, his players kept attacking, adding insult to injury for a Lady Trojans team that has won one game all season.
Four Wilkinson County players scored in double figures, with Kim Griffin’s 18 points courtesy of some exceptional play in the post leading the way.
Kimberly Andrews, who went scoreless in the first period for Amite, led all scorers with 19 points, 15 of which came in the second half.
Wesson 44, Cathedral 38
NATCHEZ &045; Had it not been for a cold-shooting first half, the Lady Green Wave would have a chance to pick up their third win of the season.
Cathedral (2-19) struggled from the start and eventually trailed Wesson 19-9 at halftime. And it could have been worse had the Lady Cobras not had a bad first quarter themselves.
Cathedral tried to rally in the fourth quarter, but came up a little short as time ran out.
Danielle Smith led the Lady Green Wave with 16 points.
Brookhaven Academy 64, ACCS 41
BROOKHAVEN &045; Four Brookhaven Academy scored in double figures, led by Lauren Smith’s 13 points, as the MPSA’s top-ranked girls team remained unbeaten with the win Friday night.
Brookhaven (31-0) led ACCS (15-11) just 12-6 at the end of the first quarter before putting the game away with an impressive second quarter in which the Lady Cougars outscored the Lady Rebels 22-11 for a 34-17 halftime lead.
North Pike 52, Jefferson County 46
FAYETTE &045; This Region 7-3A game turned out to be much closer than perhaps the Lady Jaguars would have liked as they had to hold off a fourth-quarter rally to defeat the Lady Tigers Friday night.
North Pike (19-3, 6-3) moved into sole possession of third place in 7-3A with the win and a Franklin County loss to 7-3A’s top team, Hazlehurst.
Britta Stephens led NP with 14 points.
North Pike seemed to be in control after taking a 30-19 halftime lead and a 38-26 after three quarters of play.
But Jefferson County (4-22, 1-11) made a game of it and made the Lady Jaguars work for the win as the Lady Tigers outscored them 20-14 in the fourth quarter.