AC, Trinity boys fall; Lady Chiefs fall short

Published 12:00 am Monday, March 1, 2004

JACKSON &045; You can’t claim times where the Adams Christian Rebels were not playing hard.

Even in the face of big-time foul trouble on Saturday, they still did.

But Jackson Prep’s Patriots cashed in at the free throw line &045; particularly late in the ball game &045; to take a 64-56 win over Adams Christian in the Class AAA South State championship game at Hillcrest. The Rebels had two starters Luke Ogden and Dustin Case foul out and two others going to the bench early with four fouls.

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The loss puts the Rebels going into the state tournament at the No. 2 seed from the South. They’ll open with Clarksdale Lee in the first round either Monday or Tuesday at Jackson Prep.

&uot;We got in foul trouble,&uot; AC head coach John Gray said. &uot;It was just a bad night for us. We hung in there good with them. They had to hold the ball the last three minutes in order to preserve the win. I’m real proud of them. They played hard.&uot;

Ogden and Case went down with fouls, and starters Glenn Williams and Casey Gould had to play with four fouls. The Rebels cut the lead to four with 1:12 left in the game before they had to foul, and the Patriots were solid from the line to put the game away.

The Rebels were solid in the first half and took a 33-32 lead at halftime after they trailed 14-12 by the end of the first quarter. But right as the second half began Williams &045; who led the Rebels with 15 points &045; picked up his fourth foul and went to the bench.

The Rebels got the lead to five, but Prep ended up outscoring AC 21-12 in the third quarter to take a 53-45 heading into the fourth quarter.

&uot;It was tough on us,&uot; Gray said. &uot;It’s one of those things that happens at bad times. But we battled them to the very end. Six free throws in the last 40 or 50 seconds was the difference in the game.&uot;

Bob Corkern led Prep with 23 points.

Glenbrook 60, Trinity Episcopal 52

GREENVILLE &045; Not a team claiming to be a scoring prowess, the Saints have let their defense do the talking all season.

And even at the South State championship, they did. But the offense couldn’t get over the hump before they fell to Glenbrook to go into next week’s state tournament as the No. 2 seed out of the South.

The Saints will play either Monday or Tuesday against the No. 4 seed out of the North at University Christian School.

&uot;As usual, we played a real good defensive game,&uot; TE assistant Matt Mason said. &uot;This team usually averages in the upper 70s. We held them to 18 in the first half. We made some good adjustments, and they made some good adjustments. It was just a well-played ball game by both teams.&uot;

The Apaches were slow in the first quarter with just four points before Trinity took a 23-18 lead at the break. But in the third the Apaches picked it up on the offensive end and outscored Trinity 22-11 to take a 40-34 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

Post player Robert Manson fouled out early in the fourth quarter with the Saints down by five.

&uot;It was a big blow for us,&uot; Mason said. &uot;His presence underneath was big for us. They were a small, quick team, and he had a distinct height advantage on everybody on the court. It made a big difference in how we had to play the game.&uot;

The Saints finished 12 of 22 from the free throw line, but the Apaches had the edge there by hitting 25 of 32 attempts to seal it.

Ryan Rachal led the Saints with 15, while Manson had 14. Matt Byram led Glenbrook with 14.

Riverdale 64, Tensas girls 45

GREENVILLE &045; It didn’t take long at all for Tensas head coach Chuck Bauerle to start worrying about the Lady Chiefs’ stamina in their third game in three days.

The second quarter the team started getting a

little dead-legged, and that’s when Riverdale started to pull away before claiming the consolation game at the Class A South State tournament at Greenville Christian.

The loss puts the Lady Chiefs going into the state tournament as the No. 4 team from the South. They’ll play either the No. 2 seed from the North &045; either Tunica or Delta Academy &045; in the first round.

&uot;We just ran out of gas,&uot; Bauerle said. &uot;In the second quarter I could see it. But I’m proud of the girls. We were tired and worn out at the end of the ball game, but we got beat by a good team. It’s always disappointing to lose, but we lost to a good team. We’re happy to be (at state).&uot;