Ferriday gets win in opener

Published 12:52 am Wednesday, November 14, 2007

FERRIDAY — Despite giving up 28 points in the fourth quarter, the Ferriday Lady Trojans opened up their season with a 66-51 win over the Franklin Parish Lady Patriots Tuesday night.

Jasmine Butler led a balanced scoring attack with 19 points and Chante Poole added 15 points. The keys to Ferriday’s win were four players scoring in double figures and a 20-2 advantage in the first quarter.

Even though they won, Lady Trojans head coach Lisa Abron was not happy with the way her team played at times.

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“There was a lot of sloppy play and a lot of turnovers on both teams,” Abron said. “It was first-game jitters playing at home. Most of the turnovers were on our part. But we managed to pull out a win.”

For most of the first three quarters, Ferriday (1-0) dominated the Lady Patriots on both ends of the court and looked to be in control of the game after taking a 55-23 lead at the end of the third quarter.

Franklin County tried to pull off a big rally in the fourth quarter after falling in a deep hole.

The Lady Patriots outscored the Lady Trojans 28-11, but the 32-point deficit was too big of a hole to climb out of.

“We’ve got to do a better job defensively if we’re going to compete in our new district,” Abron said.

Tensas Academy girls 38, Trinity Episcopal 33

ST. JOSEPH, La. — After being outscored 14-4 in the second quarter, the Lady Chiefs used their defense and timely shooting in the second half to defeat the Lady Saints Tuesday night.

Tensas Academy trailed by one point at halftime after leading by nine points at the end of the first quarter. But the momentum that Trinity (2-2) gained in the second quarter didn’t last very long.

The Lady Chiefs scored 20 points over the final two quarters while holding the Lady Saints to just 14 points. Kaitlen Emfinger led Tensas with 11 points and Mary Miller Ratcliff chipped in with eight points. Molly Butts led Trinity with 10 points and Brandy Hall had nine points.

Natchez High girls 54, Amite County 36

LIBERTY — Koesha Brantley and Alia Frank scored 21 points each as the Lady Bulldogs remained undefeated with an 18-point win over the Lady Trojans Tuesday night.

Natchez High (4-0) held Amite County under double figures in the first and third quarters and the Lady Trojans narrowly got into double-digit scoring in the second and fourth quarters. Amite County was led by S. Anderson with 18 points.

The Lady Bulldogs outscored the Lady Trojans by a combined 16 points in the first and third quarters to put the game away.

Natchez High boys 61, Amite County 42

LIBERTY— Amite County hung tough with Natchez High for three quarters, but the fourth quarter was anything but close as the Bulldogs outscored the Trojans 22-7 to pick up their first win of the season.

Natchez High (1-3) wore down Amite County in the fourth quarter with their press defense and fast-break offense. Lorenzo Chatman scored a game-high 19 points to lead the Bulldogs. Kendall Logan had 15 points and Dejuan Hughes added 11 points.

Justin Paxton led the Trojans with 18 points, but he was the only player on his team to score in double figures.

Huntington girls 45, ACCS 15

NATCHEZ — Just like their first encounter last Saturday at the ACCS Girls Tip-Off Classic, the Lady Hounds’ pressure defense was too much for an inexperienced Lady Rebels team Tuesday night.

Huntington, which improved to 3-1 on the season, held ACCS (0-4) to just two points in the first quarter and then without a point in the third quarter. By the time the third quarter was over, the Lady Hounds had a commanding 38-11 lead. Phyllicia Woods led Huntington with 10 points while Chelsea Freeman led ACCS with seven points.

WCCA boys 56, Oak Forest 41

WOODVILLE — After a sluggish first quarter, the Rams found their offense in the second and third quarters en route to a 15-point win over the Yellow Jackets Tuesday night.

Even though Oak Forest’s football team is still alive in the Class AA South State Playoffs, its varsity boys basketball team went on and played against the Rams anyway.

They may should have thought twice about that after WCCA’s Todd Gonda scorched the Yellow Jackets for a game-high 27 points. The Rams put the game out of reach with a 20-4 advantage in the second quarter and a 21-9 edge in the third quarter.

Oak Forest girls 53, WCCA 21

WOODVILLE — The Lady Yellow Jackets jumped out to a 19-2 lead at the end of the first quarter and never looked back from there as they cruised to a 32-point win over the Lady Rams Tuesday night.

Lauren Brumfield led Oak Forest’s balanced offense with 11 points and Casey Bennett chipped in with 10 points. Allie Fontenot led WCCA (2-3) with a game-high 12 points.

Block boys 64, Tensas High 62

JONESVILLE — The Bears did not get off to a good start in their first game of the season, but they turned to their defense to rally for a narrow win over the Panthers Tuesday night.

Block (1-0) gave up an astonishing 28 points to Tensas High in the first quarter and trailed by three points. The Bears would trail by seven points at halftime before rallying in the second half. They won the game by outscoring the Panthers 18-11 in the fourth quarter.

Tensas High girls 65, Block 54

JONESVILLE — The Lady Panthers used a big third quarter and a balanced scoring attack to rally from a three-point halftime deficit and defeat the Lady Bears Tuesday night in the season-opener for both teams

Tensas High (1-0) outscored Block (0-1) 17-6 in the third quarter to turn a 32-29 deficit into a 46-38 lead as the fourth quarter began. Then the Lady Panthers made sure they would not let the Lady Bears get back in the game in the fourth quarter.

C. Mason scored 15 points and W. Dardon had 14 points to lead four Lady Panthers players in double figures. Arnesha Beard and Colisica Branch led the Lady Bears with 15 and 14 points, respectively.