WCCA gets huge win over Bens Ford

Published 12:00 am Sunday, February 5, 2006

WOODVILLE &8212; Even though Wilkinson Christian defeated Ben&8217;s Ford on its home court earlier in the season, the chances of the Lady Rams winning on Friday seemed slim.

But the Lady Rams held Callee Pittman and Amantha Shelton in check and used a 13-7 advantage in the fourth quarter to defeat the Lady Eagles 30-24 in the semifinals of the MPSA District 6-A Tournament at WCCA.

&8220;A huge win for us,&8221; Lady Rams head coach Paul Hayles said. &8220;It was really an overall team effort. We beat the No. 2 team in our district, and we&8217;re going to try to find a way to do our best against the No. 1 team in our district.&8221;

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Kate Wilkerson led the Lady Rams with 11 points, and Cary Benton had eight points.

Wilkinson Christian (10-6) will take on No. 1 seed Amite School Center, a 63-30 winner over No. 4 seed Lamar Christian in the other semifinal, in the title game today at 5 p.m. Ben&8217;s Ford (12-12) will go up against Lamar Christian in the consolation game today at 2 p.m.

WCCA&8217;s defense held Pittman to just 10 points and Shelton to eight.

Adams Christian 62, Copiah Academy 31

PORT GIBSON &8212; In what head coach John Gray said was one of his team&8217;s best games of the season, the Lady Rebels played like a No. 1 seed as they easily defeated Copiah in the semifinals of the MPSA District 3-AA Tournament at Chamberlain-Hunt.

Adams Christian (22-7

led Copiah (11-22) built a 31-11 halftime lead.

&8220;We had the entire package,&8221; Gray said. &8220;We shot the ball well. Defensively and offensively, we can&8217;t play much better than we did tonight. They rebounded the ball well. They handled the ball well.&8221;

Five Lady Rebels scored at least eight points, with three finishing in double figures. Mattie Geoghegan led ACCS with 14 points. Brittany Gamberi and Ariana DeLaSalle each had 12 points. Danielle Cronin led Copiah with 10 points.

ACCS will play No. 3 seed Prairie View, which upset No. 2 seed Riverfield in the other semifinal game, at 4:30 p.m. today in the championship game. Copiah will play Riverfield in the consolation game.

Trinity Episcopal 43, Brookhaven Academy 36

CLINTON, La. &8212; First the Lady Saints won a road game at Brookhaven Academy for the first time since 1980.

Then on Friday night, they became the first team to defeat a Lady Cougars team three times in the same season in more than a decade.

The Lady Saints hit five three-pointers and took control in the third quarter.

Led by Mallory Archer&8217;s 23 points, No. 2 seed Trinity Episcopal (19-8) advanced to the championship game of the District 4-AA Tournament at Silliman and will take on No. 1 seed Columbia Academy at 6:40 p.m. today.

Block 80, Northwood-Lena 32

JONESVILLE, La. &8212; This District 3-1A game turned into a mismatch from the opening tip as the Lady Bears jumped out to a 20-5 lead at the end of the first quarter and never looked back. Ashley Green led Block (7-1, 16-8) with a game-high 31 points.

Franklin County 81, West Marion 52

WESSON &8212; The Lady Bulldogs opened up a close game by outscoring the Lady Bulldogs a combined 46-26 in the second and third quarters to remain undefeated in Region 7-3A.

Shalenia Wilcher had 22 points, and Sharika Hunt had 16 points to lead Franklin County (11-0, 17-0).

Madison 71, Vidalia 22

TALLULAH, La. &8212; Perhaps the only thing that was a surprise in this District 4-2A game was that none of the Lady Jaguars scored at least 20 points.

Cdeena Cooper led the Lady Jaguars with 19 points. Chelsie McElwee led Vidalia (0-5, 0-23) with nine points.

Wilkinson County 50, Tylertown 45

TYLERTOWN &8212; The Lady Wildcats rallied in the fourth quarter for a Region 7-3A win. Wilkinson County (6-5, 15-11) trailed by three points, 41-38, after three quarters of play, but the Lady Wildcats outscored Tylertown 12-4 in the fourth quarter.

Erica Lewis led Wilkinson County with 14 points.

Hazlehurst 52, Jefferson County 37

FAYETTE &8212; Hazlehurst stymied Jefferson County with strong defense to knock off the homestanding Lady Tigers Friday night.

Hazlehurst&8217;s Yashundara Williams led all scorers with 14 points, and Jefferson County&8217;s Stacy Thomas had 13 points.