Trojans back on track

Published 3:59 pm Monday, January 29, 2007

The Ferriday Trojans got their district plans back on track with their blowout, 95-54 win over Lake Providence Friday night.

Trojan’s head coach James Davis said the win at home, which brought the Trojans back to .500 with a district record of 1-1, kept the Trojan’s district hopes alive.

Davis said the win gives Ferriday a boost of confidence as they prepare to face Madison, last season’s district champions, on Friday. Davis said his team will use the time off during the week to work on improving his team’s patience in their half court offense.

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He said he knows Madison likes to press, and he said the Trojans have not had a problem breaking the press this season.

“We have to take care of our home court advantage by winning, and we have to steal on the road,” Davis said.

Arnold says Green Wave still has work to do

Cathedral boys head coach Peter Arnold said the Green Wave has areas they must work on after surviving a sloppy game against Salem.

After winning 46-40 Arnold said his team has got to do a better job of taking care of the basketball.

“We were sloppy and we turned the ball over,” he said.

Besides ball protection, he said his team must also rebound better on the defensive side of the ball.

Hogue begins playoff preparation.

After the Bulldogs clinched the boys district soccer title by remaining undefeated with one district game remaining against Wingfield, head coach Dennis Hogue said he is now in the preliminary stages of playoff preparation.

The Bulldogs still have two non-district opponents remaining, and Hogue said his team will use these to games as playoff practice.

He said his team’s main goal is not just to make the playoffs, but advance. Last season the Bulldogs lost in the first round.

He said his team is confident and are ready for the post season.

One big reason for that has been the non-starters stepping up their performance in big games.

“I am not worried about going to my bench,” Hogue said. “It’s one less thing for me to worry about heading into the playoffs.”

Injured players ready to come back for Lady Bulldogs

Despite having several players injured and playing with a short bench. The Natchez Lady Bulldogs clinched the girl’s district soccer title for the second year in a row.

Natchez girls head coach Lena Yarbrough said winning the district title this year was more exciting than winning the title for the first time in school history like the Lady Bulldogs did last year.

“It’s more exciting this year because we did it back-to-back, and with bumps in the road,” she said.

The bumps she referred to are injuries, but she said as the regular season comes to a close, several players will be back in time for the playoffs.

She even though most of her players will be back, her team will still have to step their efforts up another notch because the competition only gets tougher in the post season.

“The girls have huge hearts and they want to win,” she said. “They play better when they are having fun.”