ACCS sees lead slip away late

Published 12:20 am Friday, November 16, 2007

NATCHEZ — The ACCS Rebels led the Tensas Academy Chiefs for much of the first three quarters and appeared to have momentum on their side with an eight-point lead.

Unfortunately, ACCS went ice cold from both the field and the free-throw line went away and they had to deal with a hot-shooting Hunter Hale in the fourth quarter as Tensas rallied for a 49-42 win Thursday night.

“It just wouldn’t go for us,” ACCS first-year head coach Billy Britt said. “We quit hitting and they got hitting.”

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The Rebels (0-2) led 11-4 after one quarter of play and saw their lead diminish by only two points by halftime. They then outscored the Chiefs 15-12 in the third quarter to take a 39-31 lead.

In the fourth quarter, the Rebels missed five free throws, many of which Britt said were front ends of one-and-one situations that could have kept Tensas from getting back in the game.

And if that wasn’t enough, the Chiefs made several three-pointers and, with the Rebels having to foul late in the game, made some key free throws. Hale led Tensas with 17 points and Austin Emfinger had 15 points.

“We’re still not in shape from football,” Britt said. “We played in a tournament last weekend. We really haven’t had a chance to work. We got a good effort.

Lee Swinny led ACCS with 13 points and Dustin Carroll had 10 points.

Tensas Academy girls 48, ACCS 15

Kaitlen Emfinger and Kelsey Doyle combined to score 23 points to lead the Tensas Academy Lady Chiefs to a 33-point win over the ACCS Lady Rebels Thursday night.

Emfinger led all scorers with 13 points and Doyle added 10 points to lead Tensas, which improved to 3-1 on the season. Jessica Moffitt led ACCS (0-5) with nine points, but two other Lady Rebels managed to get in the scoring column.

The Lady Chiefs jumped out to a 13-7 lead at the end of the first quarter and by halftime had a commanding 29-11 lead. Things didn’t get any better for a young ACCS squad as the Lady Rebels went scoreless in the third quarter.

Silliman boys 40, Huntington 38

FERRIDAY — White the Hounds’ offense got going in the second half, their defense couldn’t make enough stops when it mattered as the Wildcats held on for a two-point win Thursday night.

Even though three players scored in double figures for Huntington (1-1), it wasn’t quite enough to overtake Silliman (1-1). The Hounds were led by Nick Mouille with 14 points, followed by Josh Guillory with 12 points and Phillip Washington with 10 points.

Deven Moody led the Wildcats with 12 points and Nick Ohlinger chipped in with nine points. The key to Silliman’s win was a defense that held the Hounds to just 13 first-half points.

Silliman girls 38, Huntington 17

FERRIDAY — The Lady Hounds played very well in the first quarter as they led 12-6 at the end of the quarter. After that, it was all Lady Wildcats — especially one Katelin Palermo, who led all scorers with 26 points.

In the final three quarters, Huntington (3-2) scored a grand total of five points, including just one in the entire second half. Donna Tarver led the Lady Hounds with five points.