Tensas downs Hounds

Published 12:04 am Saturday, January 26, 2008

FERRIDAY — Kaitlen Emfinger scored 15 points and Mary Miller Ratcliff finished just two rebounds shy of a double-double as the Tensas Academy Lady Chiefs defeated the Huntington Lady Hounds 47-35 Friday night.

In a key MPSA District 6-A sub-district game for both teams, Huntington looked like it was on the verge of taking control of the game after Tensas (14-9, 5-1) had three of its players get in serious foul trouble in the first half.

However, the Lady Chiefs’ bench players kept them in the game as halftime approached.

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“Our subs did well,” Lady Chiefs head coach Allen Crigler said. “They got it up to a nice lead and we cut it to three at halftime.”

The third quarter turned out to be the turning point in the ball game. Crigler said he couldn’t tell whether Huntington went ice cold or his team played better defense or a combination of both that led to the Lady Chiefs outscoring the Lady Hounds 15-3 to take a 38-29 lead.

“Our defense was better in the second half,” Crigler said. They may have gotten a little tired. I don’t know.”

Ratcliff scored 14 points and grabbed eight rebounds for Tensas. Donna Tarver, Julie Moak and Julia Corbett led Huntington (10-16, 4-3) with eight points each.

Cathedral 53, St. Aloysius 49

VICKSBURG — The varsity girls game in the rivalry between these two Catholic schools surely didn’t disappoint as the Lady Green Wave rallied in the second half to defeat the Lady Flashes.

Led by Haley Forman and Kristian Dobard, Cathedral (8-14) overcame a slow start to defeat St. Aloysius, even though the Lady Flashes had three players score in double figures.

The first quarter ended in a 6-6 tie as both teams struggled to find any rhythm offensively. St. Aloysius outscored Cathedral 17-14 in the second quarter to take a three-point halftime lead.

“In the first half, we were real sluggish. You can tell we hadn’t played in a week,” Lady Green Wave head coach Kathy Graning said. “We gave them way too many free throws in the first half.”

The second half, however, was a different story. The Lady Flashes shot just five free throws while Forman, who led all scorers with 19 points, and Dobard, who had 15 points, made sure that the Lady Green Wave would not leave without defeating its biggest rival.

“We picked it up in the second half and we played smarter,” Graning said. “Haley and Kristian hit their free throws and they stepped it up inside. I think we wanted it more. St. Al’s a rival. They’re not in our division anymore. It really didn’t mean anything expect that we needed a win.”

Elizabeth Mazzanti led St. Aloysius with 17 points while Carlye Smith scored 14 points and Cori Hines had 13 points.

Trinity Episcopal 68, Riverfield 34

NATCHEZ — Molly Butts and Caroline Ketchings scored 15 points each as the Lady Saints remained undefeated in MPSA District 3-AA and won their 20th game of the season.

Trinity (20-5, 5-0) pretty much had its way with Riverfield throughout the game and Riverfield had no answer at all. The Lady Saints took a 17-9 lead on the Lady Raiders by the end of the first quarter and by halftime led 34-16.

As if the first and second quarters weren’t bad enough for the Lady Raiders, the third quarter was even worse as they were outscored by the Lady Saints 21-6 and trailed 55-22 as the fourth quarter got under way.

Brandy Hall scored 10 points and Madeline Cross had nine points for Trinity. Kelsey Cheek led Riverfield with 13 points and Claudia Williams had 10 points.

ACCS 33, River Oaks 28

NATCHEZ — The last time the Lady Rebels won a game this season was before the Christmas holiday. Their long losing streak finally came to an end Friday night with a big win over the Lady Mustangs in MPSA District 3-AA action.

Sara Beth Fuller led ACCS (5-16, 2-6) with 11 points and Meagan Cole had six points. The Lady Rebels jumped out to a 10-4 lead at the end of the first quarter, but River Oaks cut their lead to just three points at halftime.

However, ACCS outscored River Oaks by one point in both the third and fourth quarters to hold on for the win. Abby Herman led the Lady Mustangs with 14 points.

Jefferson County 41, Amite County 27

FAYETTE — Charlita White and Erin Wells combined to score 30 points as the Lady Tigers pulled away in the fourth quarter to defeat the Lady Trojans for a big win in Region 7-3A Friday night.

White led all scorers with 16 points and Wells finished with 14 points for Jefferson County, which led by just three points at halftime and only six points at the end of the third quarter.

The fourth quarter turned out to be big for the Lady Tigers as they outscored the Lady Trojans 17-9. Sabrina Crosby led Amite County with eight points.

WCCA 44, Franklin Academy 30

WINNSBORO, La. — The Lady Cougars hung tough with the Lady Rams in the first half, but any chance of them getting their first win in District 6-A this season got away from them in the second half.

Despite not winning a game in district going into the game, Franklin Academy played like a different team in the first half and only trailed WCCA by one point at halftime. That would be as close as the Lady Cougars would get, however, as the Lady Rams’ offense got going in the second half and wound up outscoring the home team 32-19.

Hannah Ashley led WCCA (8-15, 2-5) with 14 points. Katie Little led Franklin Academy with a game-high 18 points.

Kilbourne 47, Monterey 37

MONTEREY, La. — The Lady Hawks jumped out to a 16-point halftime lead and held on in the second half to defeat the Lady Wolves Friday night to remain undefeated in District 3-B.

With Molly Bartlett and Laura Beth Whittington leading the way, Kilbourne dominated the first half on both ends of the court en route to a 27-11 lead at the half. Monterey played much better offensively in the second half, but it wasn’t enough.

Bartlett led Kilbourne with 15 points and Whittington had 11 points. Shameika Finley led Monterey with 14 points and Madison Simpson chipped in with nine points.