Tensas beats Briarfield; Trinity wins

Published 12:00 am Thursday, January 5, 2006

ST. JOSEPH, La. &8212; Despite a No. 4 ranking in Class A and being the favorite to win District 7-A for the third straight year, Tensas head coach Chuck Bauerle had to be concerned Tuesday night.

After all, his Lady Chiefs were putting a 20-game winning streak in district play on the line against a veteran Briarfield Lady Rebels team that has four seniors, led by post player Amy Amacker, and seven juniors.

But the Lady Chiefs put any doubt coach Bauerle had to rest as they got solid performances from Aubrey McEacharn, Tabitha Howard and Kaitlyn Emfinger in a 51-36 win over the Lady Rebels.

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&8220;We played real good defense,&8221; Bauerle said. &8220;For most of the game we were up 15 to 22 points. We really jumped on them hard. It was a good win.&8221;

The turning point of the game was the first quarter as Tensas&8217; press defense force numerous turnovers that the Lady Chiefs turned into easy baskets. By the time that quarter was over, Tensas enjoyed an 18-3 lead.

The second quarter was even at 11-11, giving the Lady Chiefs a 29-14 halftime lead.

Free-throw shooting and the play of Amacker, who finished with a game-high 19 points, kept Briarfield in the game, but they didn&8217;t make a serious run until the fourth quarter.

&8220;We got into some foul trouble in the second half,&8221; Bauerle said. &8220;We had to pull back off the press and do some other things. They went into a zone and cut the lead to 10. But we held the ball and made a few lay-ups at the end.&8221;

While Amacker was the only Briarfield player to score in double figures, McEacharn led Tensas (1-0, 16-4) with 18 points. Howard finished with 12 points and Emfinger had 11 points.

Wilkinson Co. 41, South Pike 29

SUMMIT &8212; Not many people gave Wilkinson County a chance to defeat the South Pike on its home gym, but that&8217;s exactly what happened Tuesday night as the Lady Wildcats stunned the Lady Eagles.

In a key Region 7-3A game for both teams, Wilkinson County (3-1, 11-6) used a tenacious defense to get South Pike off balance throughout the game. The Lady Eagles (2-2, 9-4) were held under double digits in the first three quarters, including a mere three points in the first quarter.

By halftime, the Lady Wildcats had a 21-10 lead and the Lady Eagles were not able to muster up a rally in the second half.

Trinity 64, Centreville 39

CENTREVLLE &8212; The Lady Saints took control of this District 4-AA game early, jumping out to a 21-8 lead after one quarter of play and taking a commanding 41-19 lead at halftime.

This game was so out of hand that head coach Melanie Hall put in her reserves and many of them got into the scoring column. Altogether, nine Lady Saints ended up scoring.

Mallory Archer led Trinity (4-1, 12-6) with 19 points and Eliza Jones had 16 points. Centreville (1-4, 4-9) was led by Amber Addington with 17 points and Brittany Boatner with 13 points.

Bailey 44, Jefferson County 38

JACKSON &8212; The first half the Lady Tigers&8217;s offense was doing just fine and the second quarter their defense held the Lady Knights to just six points en route to a 25-21 halftime lead.

What happened in the second half has been what has plagued Jefferson County (1-2, 5-8) at times this season. Bailey (1-1, 2-10), which had won just one game all season going into this Region 6-3A game, outscored the Lady Tigers 23-13 in the final two quarters to rally for the win.

Ferriday 44, Davidson 33

FERRIDAY, La. &8212; The Lady Trojans&8217; offense may not have been as explosive as it was during the Sicily Island Tournament last week, but the defense was as tough as it has been all season.

Ferriday (17-1) didn&8217;t run away with this one, but the Lady Trojans kept increasing its lead as the game went on. Jasmine Upchurch led Ferriday with 13 points. Jameca Garrison had 11 points and Tiffany Chatman added 10 points.

Block 76, Delhi 44

DELHI, La. &8212; The host Lady Bears took a 18-12 lead after one quarter of play, but the visiting Lady Bears from Jonesville rallied with a 22-10 advantage in the second quarter and rolled to a 32-point win.

Corinthia Green led Block (9-7) with a game-high 29 points and Ashley Green had 23 points. Ashley Norwood led Delhi (1-13) with 23 point.

Huntington 48, Franklin 26

WINNSBORO, La. &8212; Now winners of four of their last six, the Lady Hounds (1-0, 4-13) used a 13-1 run in the fourth quarter to put the game away.

Huntington led 35-25 heading into the fourth quarter. Katie Moak led HHS with 19.

Franklin Parish 63, Vidalia 31

WINNSBORO, La. &8212; The Lady Patriots led 30-10 at halftime and put up 23 points in the fourth quarter to keep the Lady Vikings struggling this season.