Tensas girls top Trinity

Published 12:00 am Saturday, December 31, 2005

ST. JOSEPH &8212; If ever there was a statement game for the Tensas Lady Chiefs this early in the season, then their 48-43 win over the Trinity Episcopal Lady Saints was indeed that game.

Three players scored in double figures to lead Tensas &8212; Megan Bauerle with 15 points, Tabitha Howard with 13 and Whitney Alford with 10.

While Trinity&8217;s Mallory Archer scored 23 points to lead all scorers, Tensas&8217; defense made it difficult for Eliza Jones and Brandy Hall to take good shots and held those two to just seven points each.

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&8220;It was a tough game,&8221; Lady Chiefs head coach Chuck Bauerle said. &8220;We weren&8217;t able to shut down Mallory. We kind of got everyone else shut down. Whitney had a big game for us. She had one of her better ball games tonight.&8221;

Not only that, but Tensas (8-2) held Trinity (3-3) to just six points in the first quarter as the Lady Chiefs led 10-6 at the end of that quarter and again in the fourth quarter as part of their second-half rally to win the game..

&8220;We were down (23-20) at the half,&8221; Bauerle said. &8220;The girls picked it up pretty good in the second half. Archer made a lot of tough shots in the third quarter.&8221;

Tensas had a 44-43 lead with just 1:20 left and tried to, as Bauerle said, &8220;freeze the game a little bit.&8221; In other words, run out the clock.

Trinity fouled and Tensas made a free throw to lead by two. Then after Trinity was unable to score on its possession, the Lady Chiefs again tried to play keep-away. Trinity sent Tensas to the line a couple of more times and the Lady Chiefs made three more free throws to put the game away.

Wesson 39, Cathedral 36

NATCHEZ &8212; Even despite a five-point lead evaporating in the final three minutes of the game, Cathedral head coach Kathy Graning could feel it.

The Lady Wave went scoreless from there on out, but the team just needs to finish out games. The team lead most of the way and handled Wesson&8217;s pressure but couldn&8217;t finish it off at the end.

&8220;We&8217;re getting there,&8221; Graning said. &8220;We&8217;re just not at that point. I&8217;m going to take full responsibility for this one. They did some things we weren&8217;t ready for. Presssure has always been our downfall years before me. We handled their pressure for the most part, but we weren&8217;t patient enough on offense at the end.&8221;

Credit the Lady Cobras&8217; outside shooting down the stretch and key buckets. Caitlin Huffines&8217; two free throws with 2:58 left put the CHS lead at 36-31, but Sam Ellison, Lalita Payre and Alexis Crosby strung together buckets that gave their team the lead.

Kristian Dobard led CHS with 18 points.

Huntington boys 52, Adams Christian 36

FERRIDAY, La. &8212; Huntington&8217;s offense found its rhythm in the second half as the Hounds (5-1) scored 22 points in the third quarter and 19 in the fourth quarter.

Trinity Episcopal boys 72, Tensas 57

ST. JOSEPH, La. &8212; The Saints led by only three points, 15-12, at the end of the first quarter and by just six points at the end of the second and third quarters.

Tripp Bryant led the Saints with a game-high 22 points.

Adams Christian girls 50, Huntington 34

FERRIDAY, La. &8212; The Lady Hounds played some of their best basketball of the season in the first half as they trailed the Lady Rebels by just one point at halftime.