Wave win ugly over St. Al

Published 12:05 am Saturday, January 26, 2008

VICKSBURG — An ugly win is a lot better than a pretty loss. As least that’s how the Cathedral Green Wave are feeling after grinding out a 47-31 win over the St. Aloysius Flashes Friday night.

And it took solid performances by Juan Gray and Geoffrey Martin as well as a big second half for Cathedral to defeat St. Aloysius and end its two-game losing streak. This was the Green Wave’s first game in a week, so head coach Peter Arnold said he was pleased that his team was able to get the win.

“We were anxious to get back playing,” Arnold said. “It was a sluggish game. They fouled a lot. There was nothing pretty about it.”

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Gray, who led all scorers with 33 points, made three three-pointers in the second quarter, yet the Green Wave managed to outscore the Flashes by just four points. And that was their lead at halftime.

But it was Martin who came up with the game’s biggest play early in the third quarter that turned the momentum in the Green Wave’s favor.

“He made a steal at the top of the key and drove it down the floor for a lay-up. It got us going and our defense played well. Geoffrey played good tonight,” Arnold said. “Juan played well. He made three threes in the second quarter, but we couldn’t get anything going.”

Martin finished with nine points in the game for Cathedral (17-5). Alex Lanier led St. Aloysius with 14 points and Price Blagg had 10 points.

Trinity Episcopal 73, Riverfield 59

NATCHEZ — Riverfield’s top three scorers outscored Trinity’s top three scorers, but the Saints’ depth proved to be the difference as the second-ranked team in Class AA remained undefeated in District 3-AA Friday night.

Trinity (18-3, 6-0) jumped out to a 15-7 lead by the end of the first quarter and continued to add to its lead the rest of the game. Riverfield did something few teams have done this season against Trinity — score 20 or more points in a quarter. The Raiders scored 22 points in the fourth quarter, yet the Saints scored 26 points.

Matthew Freeman led Trinity with 13 points while Jordan Dossett and Andrew Johnson had 10 points each. Logan Moore led Riverfield with 13 points while Alex Malmah and Clayton Morris had 12 points each.

Huntington 62, Tensas Academy 44

FERRIDAY — Huntington’s trio of Tyler Pere, Kevin Brown and Jody Cottongin combined for 44 points as the Hounds improved to 5-2 in District 6-A sub-district play Friday night.

Pere led all scorers with 19 points while Brown scored 13 points and Cottongin had 12 points for the Hounds (10-11 overall), who pulled away from Tensas by outscoring the Chiefs 35-23 in the second half.

Hunter Hale led Tensas Academy with 18 points and John Trueman James added 10 points.

Jefferson County 79, Amite County 59

FAYETTE — Kadon Day scored a game-high 33 points and Percy Turner had 16 points as the Tigers jumped out to a big lead and never looked back in a 20-point win over the Trojans in Region 7-3A action Friday night.

Jefferson County (17-9, 8-1) took a 23-11 lead after one quarter of play and then led at halftime 43-20. By the end of the third quarter, the Tigers enjoyed a 29-point lead before Amite County made the final margin a little more respectable.

Justin Patterson led Amite County with 25 points and Nick Magee chipped in with nine points.

Jim Hill 57, Natchez High 52

JACKSON — Natchez High played good basketball for three quarters and took a six-point lead into the fourth quarter. However, they couldn’t hold on to that lead as the Tigers rallied for a big win in Division 6-5A action Friday night.

Natchez High (11-11, 2-3) led 28-23 at halftime and 43-37 at the end of the third quarter. But Jim Hill (3-2 in division play) forced several turnovers and bad shots and won the game by outscoring the Bulldogs 20-9.

Deshawn Griggs led Natchez High with 15 points and Kendall Logan scored 10 points. T. Hill led Jim Hill with 14 points while R. Bingham had 12 points and A. Harris chipped in with 10 points.

Kilbourne 64, Monterey 46

MONTEREY, La. — D. Hill scored a game-high 20 points and D. Rogers added 17 points as the Hawks jumped to a big lead early and rolled to an 18-point win over the Wolves in District 3-B action Friday night.

Kilbourne (2-0 in district play) led Monterey 16-6 after one quarter of play and 34-18 by halftime. Even though the Hawks managed to outscore the Wolves (0-2 in district play) by just two points in the second half, they made sure that the home team wouldn’t get too close.

Jared Ensminger led Monterey with nine points and Jon Lipsey scored eight points.

River Oaks 55, ACCS 42

NATCHEZ — Jordan Smith scored 19 points and Vincent Moore finished with 12 points as the Mustangs defeated the Rebels Friday night to keep them winless in District 3-AA.

River Oaks didn’t use one or two big quarters to pull away from ACCS in this game. Instead, the Mustangs slowly kept adding to their lead after taking a 9-6 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Phillip Breland led ACCS (1-15, 0-6) with 14 points and Lee Swinney scored nine points.

Franklin Academy 60, WCCA 43

WINNSBORO, La. — WCCA stayed with a good Franklin Academy team for three quarters, but the Cougars were too tough in the fourth quarter as they defeated the Rams Friday night in District 6-A action.

The Rams trailed by five points at halftime and was down by just three points by the end of the third quarter. But their comeback attempt ended mercifully in the fourth quarter, as they were outscored by the Cougars 22-8.

Franklin Academy (5-1 in district play) was led by Haring and Collie with 16 points each. Christopher Houghton led WCCA (11-12, 3-4) with 13 points and George Davis had 12 points. Todd Gonda was held to just seven points.