Jefferson County girls win own holiday tourney

Published 12:41 am Sunday, December 30, 2007

FAYETTE — Erin Wells of Jefferson County scored a game-high 23 points and was the only player to score in double figures as the Lady Tigers defeated the Wilkinson County Lady Wildcats 39-37 Saturday night.

With the win, Jefferson County went 3-0 to win its own holiday tournament. And Lady Tigers head coach Flora McKnight was happy with Wells’ performance in the girls’ championship game. Especially because only three other players on the team managed to get in the scoring column.

Jefferson County trailed by two points at halftime after being outscored 10-7 by Wilkinson County. But Wells made sure that the Lady Tigers would not lose on their home court in their own tournament.

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The Lady Tigers outscored the Lady Wildcats 13-10 in the third quarter and made sure the opposition would not come back in the fourth quarter with an 11-10 advantage.

Toni Anthony was held in check by Jefferson County’s defense as she had just nine points. Santrice Jarvis also scored nine points for Wilkinson County.

Huntington boys 44, Tallulah Academy 37

BASTROP, La. — Tyler Peré helped Huntington overcome the turnover bug as he scored a game-high 26 points in the Hounds’ win over the Trojans Saturday afternoon at the Prairie View Doubleheader.

In addition to Pere’s big game, Josh Guillory and Martez Tolliver scored six points each for Huntington. J. Shivers, Tallulah Academy’s leading scorer, was held to just 10 points by a strong Hounds defense.

“We struggled with the ball handling. We played pretty good defense and we rebounded pretty good today,” Hounds head coach David Boydstun said. “We had too many turnovers and too many missed opportunities.”

Huntington (4-10) got off to a good start in the early part of the game and led Tallulah Academy 15-9 at the end of the first quarter. The Hounds then took a 23-16 lead at halftime.

The Tallulah Trojans then went from a zone defense to a man-to-man defense early in the third quarter, which allowed the Hounds to run their offense and get the ball inside to Pere.

“We got the ball in the lane several times for easy baskets. We got Pere open off the screen,” Boydstun said. “At the end we were able to spread the ball around and play a little delay game. We scored a couple of baskets at the end.

ACCS girls 27, Centreville 16

WOODVILLE — The Lady Rebels played aggressive defense for three quarters as they bounced back from a loss to Amite School Center with an 11-point win over the Lady Tigers at the WCCA New Year’s Shootout.

ACCS led 7-3 after one quarter of play, but then outscored Centreville 12-3 in the second quarter and then held the Lady Tigers scoreless in the third quarter to take a 23-6 lead.

Rachel Holloway led the Lady Rebels with 11 points and Sara Beth Fuller had eight points. Breann Deville scored four points while Erin and Emily Gaulden added three points each for the Lady Tigers.

Centreville boys 81, ACCS 47

WOODVILLE — Cade Lockwood led four Tigers in double figures with 24 points as they rolled to a big win over the Rebels Saturday afternoon at the WCCA New Year’s Shootout.

Centreville scored at least 20 points in each of the final three quarters to pull away from ACCS after leading by only six points after one quarter of play.

Brad Jelks scored 17 points, Jamie Dezendorf had his best game of the season with 16 points, and Kyle Brown had 15 points for Centreville. Phillip Breland had 13 points and Hunter Russ added 12 points for ACCS.

WCCA girls 45, Amite School Center 33

WOODVILLE — Allie Fontenot scored 11 points and got plenty of help from her teammates as the Lady Rams defeated the Lady Rebels Saturday night at the WCCA New Year’s Shootout

Mary Claire Netterville finished with nine points while Hannah Ashley and Emma Benton had eight points each for WCCA, which outscored Amite School Center 24-6 in the first half en route to the 12-point win.

Katie Moore scored nine points and Candy Swims had eight points for Amite School Center.

WCCA boys 37, Oak Forest 32

WOODVILLE — Trumaine Norwood scored a team-high 10 points as the Rams held on to defeat the Yellow Jackets Saturday afternoon at the WCCA New Year’s Shootout even though Todd Gonda was held to seven points.

With Oak Forest’s defense focused on stopping Gonda, George Davis and Christopher Houghton stepped up for WCCA as they scored seven points each. The Rams led 8-4 after one quarter of play and 17-10 at halftime.

William McKinney led Oak Forest with 10 points and Phillip Ingraffia added eight points.

Ferriday girls 60, Harrisonburg 52

SICILY ISLAND, La. — Jasmine Upchurch scored a game-high 24 points as the Lady Trojans rallied in the second half to defeat the Lady Bulldogs to win the girls’ championship at the Sicily Island Tournament.

Ferriday (19-4) trailed Harrisonburg 26-22 at halftime after scoring just nine points in the second quarter. However, the Lady Trojans got things going after intermission as they outscored the Lady Bulldogs 38-26 in the second half en route the win.

Jasmine Butler added 11 points and Deonka Birdon chipped in with 10 points for Ferriday. Sloane Jefferson scored 14 points and Katie Johnson had 13 points for Harrisonburg.

Ferriday girls 57, Block 32

SICILY ISLAND, La. — The Lady Trojans advanced to the girls’ championship game of the Sicily Island Tournament with convincing 25-point win over the Lady Bears Saturday afternoon.

Jasmine Upchurch finished with a game-high 21 points while Deonka Birdon and K’Teyah Fletcher scored nine points each to lead the Lady Trojans. Arnesha Beard led Block with 14 points.

Ferriday got off to a slow start and led Block 11-7 at the end of the first quarter. But the second quarter belonged to the Lady Trojans on both ends of the court as they didn’t allow the Lady Bears to score a single point and took a 26-7 lead at halftime.

Unlike Vidalia Friday afternoon, Block would not be shut out in the third quarter. However, the Lady Bears were outscored by the Lady Trojans 19-8 and trailed by 30 points at the end of that quarter.

Jefferson County boys 57, Wilkinson County 54

FAYETTE — Kadon Day and Percy Turner combined for 48 points as the Tigers overcame a slow start to defeat the Wildcats to wind up action at the Jefferson County High School Holiday Tournament.

Jefferson County trailed Wilkinson County 15-5 at the end of the first quarter, but cut the Wildcats’ lead in half by halftime. The Tigers then used a 23-point third quarter to take a four-point lead into the fourth quarter and held on for the win.

Day led all scorers with 26 points and Turner finished with 22 points. Kenny Harden and Megal Covington scored 16 points each and Corey Anthony had 15 points for Wilkinson County.

Enterprise Lincoln girls 62, Cathedral 41

WESSON — Led by Lacey Orr’s 18 points and an solid performance at the free-throw line, the Lady Yellow Jackets defeated the Lady Green Wave Saturday afternoon in the girls’ consolation game of the Wesson Invitational Tournament.

Enterprise made 22 of 27 free throws in the game, including nine of 12 in the fourth quarter to stop a Cathedral rally.

“We cut it to 11 and started fouling,” Lady Green Wave head coach Kathy Graning said.

The first half did not go as Cathedral (5-11) had hoped for – especially the second quarter. Cathedral was down by only two points at the end of the first quarter, but Enterprise started to pull away thanks to a 15-6 advantage in the second quarter and led by 11 points at halftime.

Orr’s 18 points led all scorers and Amanda Burke added 11 points for the Lady Yellow Jackets. Kristian Dobard, who was named to the all-tournament team, led the Lady Green Wave with 16 points and Haley Forman had 10 points.

Cathedral boys 62, Pelahatchie 50

WESSON — Juan Gray, who was named to the all-tournament team, scored a game-high 27 points and Andy Lucas had 12 points, but the Green Wave weren’t able to pull away from a pesky Chiefs team until the third quarter in the boys’ consolation game of the Wesson Invitational Tournament.

Cathedral (13-3), perhaps still a little stunned after its 14-point loss to host Wesson in the semifinals Friday night, led Pelahatchie 14-8 after one quarter of play and 29-24 at halftime.

But the Green Wave came out strong in the third quarter, scoring 22 points while holding the Chiefs to just nine points. Pelahatchie tried to rally in the fourth quarter, but the 18-point deficit was too big to overcome.

Labrandon Hill finished with 15 points and Darion Ragsdale chipped in with 14 points for Pelahatchie.

Ferriday boys 57, Franklin Parish 56

SICILY ISLAND, La. — The Trojans nearly let an eight-point lead slip away in the fourth quarter, but they somehow held on to defeat the Patriots Saturday night to win the boys’ championship at the Sicily Island Tournament.

Ferriday (14-6) led 46-38 at the end of the third quarter. But the pressure almost got to the Trojans as Franklin Parish tried its best to take victory from the jaws of defeat, only come up two points short.

Joshua Upchurch led Ferriday with 16 points and Mike Tennessee had 15 points. J.C. Williams led Franklin Parish with a game-high 21 points and Brandon Simms had nine points.

Tallulah Academy girls 48, Huntington 27

BASTROP, La. — The Lady Trojans’ trio of Anna Book, Mary Givens and Caroline Todd scored a combined 40 points as the defeated the Lady Hounds Saturday morning at the Prairie View Doubleheader.

Book led Tallulah Academy with 15 points while Givens had 13 points and Todd added 12 points. The Lady Trojans jumped out to an 18-11 lead at the end of the first quarter and never looked back.

Donna Tarver led Huntington (7-12) with nine points, but she was the only player to come close to scoring in double figures for the Lady Hounds.

WCCA boys 41, Amite School Center 33

WOODVILLE — Trumaine Norwood scored 14 points and Christopher Houghton had nine points as the Rams defeated the Rebels Saturday night at the WCCA New Year’s Shootout.

WCCA outscored Amite School Center in each of the first three quarters en route to a 32-19 lead. The Rebels outscored the Rams 14-9 in the fourth quarter, but it was not enough.

Aaron Westbrook led Amite School Center with 15 points and Jessie Rymer had seven points.

Oak Forest girls 66, WCCA 32

WOODVILLE — Lindsey Oliver scored a game-high 17 points and Lauren Brumfield had 15 points as the Lady Yellow Jackets cruised to a 34-point win over the Lady Rams Saturday afternoon at the WCCA New Year’s Shootout.

Oak Forest jumped out to a 19-9 lead after one quarter of play and then outscored WCCA 17-3 in the second quarter to put the game completely out of reach.

Hannah Ashley led WCCA with nine points and Allie Fontenot chipped in with eight points.

Franklin County 40, Airline (La.) 34

BOSSIER CITY, La. — The Lady Dawgs’ offense struggled for three quarters before exploding for 21 points in the fourth quarter in a come-from-behind win over the host team at the Doc Edwards Classic.

Franklin County (10-6) trailed 28-19 at the end of the third quarter and things didn’t look good for the Lady Dawgs. But they turned their defense up a notch and outscored Airline 21-6 in the fourth quarter to pull out the amazing win Saturday night.

Paige Webster led the Lady Dawgs with 14 points and Shareka Hunt had 12 points. Rachel McDaniel led Airline with 10 points.

Parkway (La.) 69, Franklin County 50 (Friday night)

BOSSIER CITY, La. — Despite having three players score in double figures, the Lady Dawgs fell in the quarterfinals to Parkway, which got a 25-point performance from Brittany Dukes.

Parkway took a 24-10 lead after one quarter of play and then led at halftime 40-24. Unfortunately for Franklin County, it was unable to mount any kind of a rally in the second half.

Shareka Hunt led Franklin County with 17 points while Paige Webster had 15 points and Monea Cameron had 11 points. Miranda Thomas scored 14 points for Parkway.