WCCA rolls to victory

Published 12:07 am Saturday, December 15, 2007

WOODVILLE — Even though Trumaine Norwood was held in check by Tallulah Academy, the Trojans’ defense couldn’t contain Todd Gonda and George Davis as the WCCA Rams took a 56-46 win in District 6-A action Friday night.

“Tallulah focused on him (Norwood) defensively and that’s why he had just four points,” Rams head coach Ray Olive said.

With the Trojans determined to make sure he wasn’t a factor in the game, Gonda and Davis took up the slack and then some. Gonda led WCCA (5-4, 1-0) with 18 points and Davis finished with 17 points

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The Rams took an 18-11 lead after one quarter of play, but they led by just six points at halftime. Even though the Trojans stayed with the Rams in the second half, they weren’t able to get a big rally going.

Crystal Springs boys 65, Jefferson County 57

FAYETTE — For the second time this season, the Jefferson County Tigers had a big lead at halftime only to end up losing their focus and eventually going down in defeat.

On Friday night, Jefferson County had a 36-21 lead at intermission, but a bad third quarter led to the host Tigers losing to the visiting Tigers to drop to 8-7 on the season.

“We didn’t run our offense in the second half the way we did in the first half,” Jefferson County head coach Marcus Walton said. “Give credit to Crystal Springs. They came out with a lot of intensity. We had the lead against Natchez and we lost our focus. We’ve got to learn to keep our focus, play four quarters and finish games.”

It appeared that the second quarter was going to be the turning point of the game as Jefferson County outscored Crystal Springs 24-13 to take the 15-point halftime lead. But somehow the host Tigers couldn’t do anything right in the third quarter and the visiting Tigers took advantage of the situation.

Crystal Springs outscored Jefferson County 19-3 to take a 40-39 lead and capped off the amazing comeback victory with a 25-18 edge in the fourth quarter.

Percy Turner led Jefferson County with 25 points and Kadon Day had 16 points. J. Tillman led four Crystal Springs players in double figures with 13 points and Josh Hollins added 12 points.

Ferriday boys 56, Tensas Parish 49

FERRIDAY — In a surprisingly low-scoring game, the Trojans held on for a seven-point win over the Panthers Friday night at the Ferriday Invitational Tournament.

Ferriday, which got to the .500 mark at 6-6 with the win, led 13-8 after one quarter of play and 26-17 at halftime. Tensas Parish tried to rally in the fourth quarter, but came up short.

Joshua Upchurch led Ferriday with 18 points and Demarco Lewis had 13 points. Ralph Johnson led Tensas Parish with a game-high 21 points.

Wilkinson County girls 56, Amite County 39

WOODVILLE — Led by Toni Anthony and Jasmine Ayers, as well as an outstanding display of defense in the third quarter, the Lady Wildcats defeated the Lady Trojans to remain undefeated in Region 7-3A.

Anthony scored a game-high 20 points and Ayers followed with 17 points for Wilkinson County (4-6, 2-0), which pulled away from Amite County with a 17-0 advantage in the third quarter for a commanding 45-19 lead.

C. Patterson finished with 15 points and L. Anderson had 12 for the Lady Trojans, who made the outcome more respectable with a 20-11 edge in the fourth quarter.

Ferriday girls 84, Tensas Parish 62

FERRIDAY — Jasmine Butler led four Ferriday players in double figures with a game-high 28 points as the Lady Trojans defeated the Lady Panthers Friday night at the Ferriday Invitational Tournament.

Tensas Parish got off to a good start and the score was tied at 16-16 at the end of the first quarter. But Ferriday (13-3) turned to its defense in the second quarter to take the lead for good. By halftime, the Lady Trojans had a 37-29 lead.

Ferriday finished the game strong with a 22-13 advantage in the fourth quarter. Jasmine Upchurch finished with 21 points while Deonka Birdon scored 17 points and Ja’Lessia Davis had 11 points for the Lady Trojans.

Tallulah Academy girls 51, WCCA 34

WOODVILLE — The Lady Trojans trio of Anne Beth Book, Katherine Post and Mary Beth Givens combined to score 40 points in their District 6-A win over the Lady Rams Friday night.

Book finished with a game-high 14 points while Post and Givens each scored 13 points for Tallulah Academy, which improved to 11-3 overall and 1-0 in district play. The Lady Trojans jumped out to a 17-4 lead and never looked back.

Hannah Ashley led WCCA (5-7, 0-1) with 13 points and Allie Fontenot chipped in with 10 points.

Silliman girls 48, ACCS 17

CLINTON, La. — Silliman jumped out to a 16-2 lead at the end of the first quarter and never looked back en route to a 31-point win over the Lady Rebels Friday night.

No individual scoring was available for Silliman. Sara Beth Fuller led ACCS (2-9) with nine points and Chelsea Freeman had five points.