Oh, what a glorious Tuesday night

Published 11:16 am Thursday, February 1, 2007

While there is almost always plenty of action to be found on any given night in the Miss-Lou sports scene, Tuesday night was one of those rare occasions when there was more going on than the mind could wrap itself around.

Rivalry match-ups between Trinity and Huntington and Ferriday and Vidalia, three playoff soccer games and several key district basketball games were all going on simultaneously throughout this coverage area.

It was quite an exciting night.

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I got to personally take in two incredibly exciting basketball games between the Saints and Hounds. The girls’ game gave me the first chance to see how much Huntington has improved over the last few weeks.

The game was much closer than the 60-44 final score. If a few bounces of the ball had gone a different way, the Lady Hounds could have walked out of that gym with an impressive victory.

The boys’ game was even better. Both teams proved a thing or two over the course of 48 minutes of basketball. Trinity proved it had gotten much better as a team since Huntington ran them out of their gym Jan. 6, and the Hounds proved they could find a way to win even when things aren’t going their way.

Ricky Dunbar absolutely took over the game over a two-minute stretch, as he and Antonio Jordan, despite being somewhat off their games, were able to carry the Hounds to another win.

Elsewhere, Ferriday managed to get revenge over the Vidalia Vikings after losing two weeks ago in Vidalia. These teams are very evenly matched. From what I’ve seen thus far, if they played 100 times they would split down the middle.

In soccer action, Natchez High’s boys and girls were shutout in playoff losses to Pascagoula. While it was a disappointing end to a good season, the Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs proved they are here to stick around after clinching district titles for the second straight season.

And meanwhile, Cathedral managed to gut out a win over Greene County in four overtimes to keep its title hopes alive. The Green Wave will visit Mercy Cross this weekend as the playoffs continue.

With district tournaments in basketball nearing, desperation time has arrived. We are going to find out very soon how many of our teams are for real. Although I kind of hope most of the big games are kind of spread out from here on out.

I really regret missing a few of them.

Tim Cottrell is sports editor of The Natchez Democrat. He can be reached by phone at 601-445-3632 or by e-mail at tim.cottrell@natchezdemocrat.com.