Jefferson County rips Rangers for victory

Published 9:27 am Saturday, January 13, 2007

Led by Kadon Day and Percy Turner, the Jefferson County Tigers remain undefeated in Region 6-3A after taking a 55-38 win over the Richland Rangers Friday night.

Day finished with a game-high 20 points and Turner added 13 points as Jefferson County improved to 17-3 overall and 6-0 in region play.

But it wasn’t until the fourth quarter that the Tigers finally put away a pesky Richland squad as they outscored the Rangers 18-8.

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Now comes the difficult part of Jefferson County’s schedule in Region 6-3A – three straight road games against three of the best teams in the region. One of which happens to be the defending Class 3A state champion.

“We’ve got a really big test coming up,” Tigers head coach Marcus Walton said. “We play at Yazoo County Tuesday, at Bailey Friday and at Raymond on the 23rd. “

And as Walton pointed out, this will determine if Jefferson County can end up being one of the top teams in this region

Yazoo County won the 3A state title last season and isn’t ready to give up its throne just yet. Bailey was ranked No. 3 in the preseason and was picked to win the region. Raymond has two losses in region play.

“It will take total mental toughness,” Walton said. “Yazoo County has that heart and determination. They know how to win. Raymond returned a good nucleus of their ball players from last year. I hope the kids are up to the task.”

Cathedral boys 66, Enterprise 47

BROOKHAVEN — Juan Gray and Andy Lucas combined to score 44 points to help the Green Wave finally pick up their first win in Region 7-1A this season with a 17-point win over the Yellow Jackets.

Gray led all scorers with 27 points and Lucas scored 17 points for Cathedral (9-11, 1-4). The Green Wave led 20-13 after one quarter of play, but couldn’t put away Enterprise until they outscored the Yellow Jackets 21-10 in the fourth quarter.

Matt Taylor led Enterprise with 11 points while Curtis McGee and Jeremy Smith had nine points each.

Tensas girls 50, WCCA 24

WOODVILLE — Kaitlen Emfinger and Jordan Leake combined for 27 points to lead a balanced scoring attack as the Lady Chiefs rolled to a 26-point win over the Lady Rams in an MPSA District 7-A game.

Emfinger scored a game-high 15 points and Leake chipped in with 12 points for Tensas (7-16, 3-1), which jumped out to a 16-5 lead at the end of the first quarter an never looked back.

And while Tallulah is the team to beat in District 7-A, with the way the Lady Chiefs are playing, they have a good chance at being the No. 2 seed.

Allie Fontenot led WCCA (no record given) with 10 points.

Huntington boys 73, Tallulah 37

TALLULAH, La. — Trey Corbett scored 15 points and Zack Brown chipped in with 10 points as the top-ranked Hounds rolled to a 36-point win over the Trojans in an District 7-A game.

Stan Hazlip, Antonio Jordan and Ricky Dunbar each scored nine points in Huntington’s balanced scoring attack. The Hounds (18-3, 4-0) took a commanding 47-20 lead at halftime and the Trojans could do nothing about it.

Tallulah was led by Grisgby with 15 points.

Northwest High boys 37, Ferriday 36

OPELOUSAS, La. — Thadderous Kennerson and Randy Ridell scored 10 points each as the Class 3A Raiders held on for a one-point win over the Class 2A Trojans in a surprisingly low-scoring game.

Northwest High (16-7) took an 8-2 lead after one quarter of play, then had to hold on as Ferriday (11-9) outscored the Raiders in each of the last three quarters. Montrell Tennessee led the Trojans with 16 points.

Tallulah Academy girls 55, Huntington 22

TALLULAH, La. — Anna Beth Book scored 17 points, Mary Beth Givens had 11 points and Caroline Todd added 10 points as the Lady Trojans rolled to a 33-point win over the Lady Hounds in District 7-Aaction.

The three helped Tallulah break open a close game after one quarter of play as the Lady Trojans outscored the Lady Hounds 20-5 in the second quarter for a 31-12 halftime lead.

Emilee Johns led Huntington (3-18, 1-3) with six points.

Callaway boys 82, Natchez High 55

JACKSON — Rodney Washington had 21 points and James White added 15 points to lead four Chargers in double figures as they outscored the Bulldogs 49-29 in the second half to pull away for the 27-point win.

Natchez High (7-9) kept the game close in the first half, but a 29-point third quarter by Callaway proved to be the turning point of the game.

DeShawn Griggs led the Bulldogs with 15 points and Jason Bruce chipped in with 14 points.

Jefferson County girls 81, Richland 34

FAYETTE — The Lady Rangers had no answer for Jefferson County’s Veronica Miller, who torched them for a game-high 29 points as the Lady Tigers cruised to a 47-point win in a Region 6-3A game.

Vanteska Williams contributed with 12 points as Jefferson County (9-10, 2-3) led 19-7 at the end of the first quarter and increased its lead to 42-9 at halftime thanks to a 23-2 advantage in the second quarter.

WCCA boys 62, Tensas 39

WOODVILLE — Despite the efforts of Hunter Hale and Zach Jones, Tensas didn’t have as many players score as WCCA did as the Rams used a big fourth quarter to defeat the Chiefs in a District 7-A match-up.

Hale finished with 18 points and Jones had 17 points for Tensas (4-11, 1-3), but the Chiefs had only two other players score.

Led by Trumaine Norwood and Sean Venezia, WCCA (2-11, 1-3) finally put the game away with a 23-5 advantage in the fourth quarter. Norwood led the Rams with a game-high 21 points and Venezia had 10 points.

Callaway girls 74, Natchez High 54

JACKSON — Callaway’sduo of Kiana James and Jessica Collins had its way with Natchez High as they combined to score 50 points as the Lady Chargers defeated the Lady Bulldogs by 20 points

James finished with a game-high 30 points and Collins had 20 points for Callaway (15-4), which jumped out to a 25-13 lead and kept Natchez High from making any big runs the rest of the game.

Ke’Airra Jones had 24 points and Alia Frank added 15 points for the Lady Bulldogs, who fell to 8-9 on the season.

Enterprise girls 61, Cathedral 32

BROOKHAVEN — Lacie Orr and Amanda Burke scored 16 points each to lead the Lady Yellow Jackets to a 29-point win over the Lady Green Wave in a Region 7-1A game.

Along with Erica Rutland, who had nine points, Orr and Burke helped Enterprise take a 33-18 halftime lead. A 13-4 edge in the third quarter put the game out of reach.

Kristian Dobard led Cathedral (2-15, 0-5) with 11 points and Brandi McGraw had five points.