Ferriday girls keep rolling

Published 12:00 am Saturday, December 8, 2007

FERRIDAY — With the way the Ferriday Lady Trojans have been playing so far this season, the other teams in District 2-2A may want to take notice.

The Jefferson County Lady Tigers found out first hand Friday night just how good this team can be. Jasmine Upchurch and Jasmine Butler scored 24 points each as Ferriday rolled to an 81-50 win.

Lady Trojans head coach Lisa Abron said the key to her team’s win was its defense.

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“We pretty much put pressure on their guards the entire game and forced a lot of turnovers early on,” Abron said. “Our defense generated some nice lay-ups for us tonight.”

Ferriday (10-3) jumped out to a 17-6 lead at the end of the first quarter and by the time halftime had arrived, the Lady Trojans had a commanding 39-18 lead over the Lady Tigers.

Not only did Upchurch and Butler have outstanding performance Friday night, but so did Chante Poole, who finished with 16 points.

“She’s a freshman. That’s my freshman point guard,” Abron said. “I expected a lot from her, but she still has a lot to learn on defense. She’s going to be the key to how we play down the line.”

Erin Wells led Jefferson County with 18 points while Kimberly Walker and Charlita White finished with 11 points each.

Cathedral boys 58, Monterey 44

HARRISONBURG, La. — Juan Gray scored a game-high 32 points as the Green Wave controlled the action in the first half en route to a 14-point win over the Wolves at the Harrisonburg High Basketball Tournament.

Cathedral (8-1) will take on Buckeye in the boys’ championship game today at 7:15 p.m. Buckeye defeated Grace Christian 38-32 in the first semifinal game of the day.

The Green Wave took an 11-4 lead after one quarter of play and at halftime they enjoyed a 26-10 halftime lead. The margin of victory would have been bigger had it not been for the fourth quarter, in which Monterey outscored Cathedral 23-17.

Andy Lucas added 12 points for the Green Wave. Beau Shivley led the Wolves with 11 points.

Jefferson County boys 70, Ferriday 66 (2 OT)

FERRIDAY— Thanks to the effort of Kadon Day and Percy Turner, Jefferson County overcame a six-point halftime deficit to defeat Ferriday in a double-overtime thriller Friday night.

Day led Jefferson County with a game-high 40 points and Turner contributed with 17 points. The Tigers trailed Ferriday (4-5) 34-28 at halftime, but they outscored the Trojans 15-9 in the third quarter to tie the score at 43-43.

Both teams scored 16 points to force overtime with the score at 59-59. There wasn’t much scoring in the first overtime, which ended at 62-62. Jefferson County finally won the game by outscoring Ferriday 8-4 in the second overtime.

Montrell Tennessee led the Trojans with 19 points and Matthew Smith chipped in with 16 points.

Harrisonburg girls 63, Cathedral 49

HARRISONBURG, La. — Katie Johnson and Sloane Jefferson combined to score 31 points as the Lady Bulldogs defeated the Lady Green Wave to advance to the girls’ championship game of the Harrisonburg High Basketball Tournament.

Johnson led Harrisonburg with 16 points and Jefferson had 15 points. The Lady Bulldogs jumped out to a 17-5 lead at the end of the first quarter. Which was a good thing because Cathedral (2-8) hung tough with them the remainder of the game. The Lady Green Wave even outscored the Lady Bulldogs 18-8 in the fourth quarter.

Kristian Dobard led Cathedral with a game-high 22 points and Haley Forman chipped in with nine points.

Wilkinson County boys 67, Tylertown 52

WOODVILLE — Kenny Harden and Corey Anthony combined to nearly match Tylertown’s total output as the Wildcats rolled to a 15-point win in their Region 7-3A opener Friday night.

Harden finished with a game-high 28 points and Anthony scored 23 points for Wilkinson County. The key to the Wildcats’ win was a 14-7 advantage in the first quarter and a 19-13 edge in the third quarter.