Franklin girls finish season undefeated

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, March 1, 2006

WESSON &8212; Having already completed their respective region schedules, two former longtime division rivals met Friday night at the Mullen Gym on the Co-Lin campus.

The Jefferson County Lady Tigers, now in Region 6-3A, were hoping to keep the Franklin County Lady Bulldogs, now in Region 7-3A, from having an undefeated regular season.

That, however, would not be the case as the Lady Bulldogs, led by Shareka and Victoria Hunt, dominated the first half and rolled to a 57-37 win over the Lady Tigers.

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Franklin County finished the regular season with a 19-0 record and will be the No. 1 seed in the Region 7-3A Tournament at Tylertown.

Jefferson County (9-15) will be the No. 4 seed at the 6-3A tournament at Raymond.

The Lady Bulldogs jumped out to a 17-9 lead over the Lady Tigers after one. They then led 28-14 at half.

Both Shareka and Victoria Hunt finished with 16 points to lead Franklin County. Stacy Thomas led Jefferson County with 16.

Natchez 48, Warren Central 43

NATCHEZ &8212; The Lady Bulldogs, who didn&8217;t win game in Division 6-5A during the regular season, will take a two-game winning streak into next week&8217;s division tournament at Jim Hill after a stunning upset win over the Lady Vikings.

Natchez High (9-15) jumped out to a 14-5 lead after one quarter of play and held on for the five-point win. The Lady Bulldogs were led by Alia Frank with 18 points and Keidra Chatman with 16 points.

&8220;We set the tempo for the game,&8221; Lady Bulldogs head coach Sue Johnson said. &8220;They (Frank and Chatman) had an outstanding game. They really played with a lot of heart and intensity tonight.&8221;

Brittany Willis and Shanha Taylor led Warren Central with 11 points each.

Madison 65, Ferriday 49

TALLULAH, La. &8212; The Lady Trojans needed a win to stay alive, but the only problem is Ferriday hasn&8217;t played with that sense of urgency lately.

And it showed again Friday night as they gave up 35 points in the first half and ended up losing to the Lady Jaguars in the District 4-2A finale for both teams.

Led by Erica Hicks and Edeena Cooper, who scored a combined 43 points, Madison (4-2, 19-8) clinched a spot in the Class 2A playoffs by finishing in second place in 4-2A. Ferriday (21-6, 2-4), which was led by Jasmine Upchurch and Kiawana McDowell with 12 points each, finished in third place in district play.

Cathedral 48, Salem 33

TYLERTOWN &8212; The Lady Green Wave needed a win on the road over the Lady Wildcats to lock up the No. 5 seed in next week&8217;s Region 7-1A Tournament at Enterprise.

And after surprisingly trailing by four points to a Salem team that hadn&8217;t won a region game all season, Cathedral went on a tear over the next two quarters. The Lady Green Wave (4-8, 6-18) outscored the Lady Wildcats (0-12, 1-19) a combined 22-7 to pull away for the win.

Mattie Smith led Cathedral with 13 points.

Block 76, Ringgold 65 OT

JONESVILLE, La. &8212; Having already secured a playoff spot in Class 1A as District 3&8217;s No. 2 seed, the Lady Bears wanted to head into the playoffs with some momentum on their side.

They had to deal with Ringgold guard Tarkedria Hill, who scored a game-high 37 points and helped the Lady Redskins (4-6, 10-15) stay in the game.

&8220;She had a monster game,&8221; Lady Bears head coach Carl Gilmore said. &8220;She was all over the floor. She carried the team by herself. She was that good.&8221;

Then Block (8-2, 17-9) had to go to overtime after missing two free throws with 4.2 seconds left and the game tied at 57 that would have won the game. The Lady Bears outscored the Lady Redskins 19-8 in the extra session to escape with the win.

Block also made seven of 10 free throws and got a couple of big three-pointers from Arnesha Beard in the overtime period. Ashley Green led the Lady Bears with 23 points.

Lake Providence 74, Vidalia 25

LAKE PROVIDENCE, La. &8212; The season came to a merciful end for Lady Vikings (0-6, 0-27) with a 49-point loss at the hands of the Lady Panthers, ranked No. 9 in Class 2A, in the District 4-2A finale.

Lake Providence (6-0, 20-4), the District 4-2A champion, had a 17-4 lead after one quarter of play and never looked back.

Tamaylon Jamison and CaAnaica Glass had 12 points each to lead the Lady Panthers.

Chelsie McElwee and Erica Brown had eight points each for the Lady Vikings (0-6,0-27).