Bulldogs get record back over .500

Published 12:04 am Wednesday, January 9, 2008

NATCHEZ — After going 0-2 at the Sunkist Shootout nearly two weeks ago, the Natchez High Bulldogs needed a win to gain some momentum heading into the second half of Region 6-5A play.

And a win is what Natchez High got, even thought it took a couple of big quarters to do so as the Bulldogs defeated the Wilkinson County Wildcats 60-50 Tuesday night to get back over the .500 mark for the season at 9-8.

The first quarter was close the entire way with Wilkinson County taking a 12-10 lead at the end of the quarter. Natchez High answered by outscoring the Wildcats 16-9 in the second quarter and led at halftime 26-21.

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The Wildcats got their offense going after the break and scored 16 points in the third quarter, but they could only cut two points into the Bulldogs’ lead. Any thoughts of the Wildcats continuing their rally in the fourth quarter, however, were put to rest as the Bulldogs outscored them 20-13.

Kendall Logan led Natchez High with 16 points and Kenny Jackson had 11 points. Corey Anthony led Wilkinson County with a game-high 18 points while Kenny Harden added 15 points and Darrius Knox chipped in with 11 points.

Cathedral 74, Sacred Heart 41

NATCHEZ — Fourteen players got in the scoring column for Cathedral as the Green Wave defeated a Crusaders team that is in its first year of basketball to remain undefeated in Region 8-1A.

Juan Gray led Cathedral (15-3, 4-0) with 17 points and Jamerson Jones had 11 points. Cathedral head coach Peter Arnold kept substituting his starters and his reserves throughout the game.

“It’s their first year to have high-school basketball,” Arnold said. “We just wanted to get the win and not rub it in. They’re a young team. They played hard.”

After being shut out in the first quarter, Sacred Heart played much better in the final three quarters. Lex Agnew led the Crusaders with 16 points and Jack Fitzpatrick had 13 points.

WCCA 66, Franklin Academy 52

WOODVILLE — Both the Rams and the Cougars had three players score in double figures, with the Rams’ trio of Todd Gonda, Trumaine Norwood and Justin Davis combining for 54 points in their 14-point win in District 6-A action.

Gonda led all scorers with 23 points with Norwood having 19 points and Davis chipping in with 12 points for WCCA, which improved to 10-7 overall and 2-1 in district play. The Rams jumped out to a 19-9 lead after one quarter of play, but led by just six points at halftime.

However, WCCA outscored Franklin Academy (2-1 in district play) by eight points in the second half to put the game away.

Caleb Haring led the Cougars with 17 points while Sleby Zeaglar and Chris Goodman finished with 11 points each.

Huntington 53, Tensas Academy 39

ST. JOSEPH, La. — Tyler Pere scored a game-high 23 points and Jody Cottongin returned to Huntington’s line-up for the first time this season Tuesday night as the Hounds defeated the Chiefs in District 6-A action.

Huntington head coach David Boydstun put Cottongin for a couple of minutes each quarter to get some playing time and he scored two points. Cottongin injured his collarbone near the end of the football season.

The Hounds led 14-9 after one quarter of play and by as many as 15 points by the end of the third quarter. Josh Guillory scored 12 points and Kevin Brown added 10 points for Huntington (6-10, 2-1). Hunter Hale led Tensas with 16 points.

Centreville 77, Amite School Center 36

CENTREVILLE — Nick Goudeau was added to the roster and made an immediate impact as he scored 14 points as the Tigers had little problem defeating the Rebels in the District 5-AA opener for both teams.

Centreville (8-5, 1-0) took a 19-5 lead after one quarter of play and increased its lead to 44-15 by halftime. Cade Lockwood led the Tigers with 16 points and Kyle Brown had 10 points.

Ferriday 61, Sterlington 42

FERRIDAY — Led by Joshua Upchurch and Montrell Tennessee, the Trojans extended their winning streak to nine games as they defeated the Panthers Tuesday night in the District 2-2A opener for both teams.

Upchurch and Tennessee led Ferriday (15-6, 1-0) with 16 points each and Demarco Lewis scored 12 points. The Trojans opened up a close game with 20-7 advantage in the second quarter that gave them a 15-point halftime lead.

Derek Griffon led Sterlington with a game-high 21 points.