Franklin County girls pick up big win

Published 12:01 am Saturday, February 2, 2008

MEADVILLE — Led by junior Paige Webster and senior Charlesia Houston, the Franklin County Lady Dawgs picked up a big win in Region 7-3A as they defeated the Amite County Lady Trojans 59-34 Friday night.

Big because Franklin County improved to 6-4 in region play and still has a chance to get a good seed in the Region 7-3A Tournament with two games to go — at Tylertown next Tuesday and home against Jefferson County next Friday.

Franklin County (17-9 overall) dominated on both the offensive and defensive ends for most of the game, holding Amite County to single-digit scoring in three of the four quarters.

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The Lady Dawgs jumped out to an 18-7 lead by the end of the first quarter and by the time halftime arrived, they had a commanding 29-13 lead. The only quarter the Lady Trojans managed to score in double figures was the third quarter, when they ended up with 13 points. However, they were not able to cut into the Lady Dawgs’ lead.

Webster led all scorers with 23 points and Houston finished with 12 points. Amite County had just one player in double figures – T. Pool, who had 11 points.

Ferriday 65, Jonesboro-Hodge 52

JONESBORO, La. — The Lady Trojans almost let a double-digit lead slip away at halftime, but they regrouped and took control of the game in the second half en route to a 13-point win over the Lady Tigers Friday night.

Led by Chante Poole, Jasmine Upchurch and Jasmine Butler, Ferriday didn’t let Jonesboro-Hodge’s fans have much to get excited about in the first quarter. By the time the quarter was over, the Lady Trojans had a 19-8 lead.

Poole led all scorers with 20 points while Upchurch had 18 points and Butler finished with 17 points.

Jonesboro-Hodge, realizing how important this game was as far as staying in the hunt in District 2-2A, responded by outscoring Ferriday 14-7 in the second quarter and trailed by just four points at halftime.

The Lady Trojans got back to playing their kind of basketball in the third quarter, but the Lady Tigers stayed right with them and still had a chance to pull off the upset trailing 42-37 as the quarter came to an end.

But the fourth quarter was a different story as Ferriday scored 23 points while holding Jonesboro-Hodge to 15 points. The Lady Trojans improved to 27-5 overall and 5-1 in district play.

Charlite Thomas led Jonesboro-Hodge (11-14, 3-3) with 12 points and Whitley Leonard scored 11 points.

Wilkinson County 67, Tylertown 57

TYLERTOWN — Toni Anthony led a balanced scoring attack for Wilkinson County with 22 points as the Lady Wildcats pulled away in the second half to defeat the Lady Chiefs in Region 7-3A action Friday night.

This was a big win for Wilkinson County, which is trying to stay in the top part of the standings in Region 7-3A. The Lady Wildcats improved to 11-12 overall and 6-3 in region play.

The Lady Wildcats saw an eight-point lead after one quarter of play decrease to just three by halftime thanks to a 17-12 advantage in the second quarter by the Lady Chiefs. However, that would be as close as Tylertown would get.

Wilkinson County increased its lead to five points by the end of the third quarter and then outscored Tylertown 21-16 in the fourth quarter. Jasmine Ayers scored 14 points, Tyeshia Lee added 12 points and LaStencia Brown chipped in with nine points for the Lady Wildcats.

The Lady Chiefs got a game-high 27 points from O. Bearden and 16 points from T. Magee, but they got little help from their teammates.

Cathedral 59, Sacred Heart 11

HATTIESBURG — Cathedral varsity boys’ head coach Peter Arnold had to coach the Lady Green Wave with head coach Kathy Graning staying back in Natchez for the Krewe of Phoenix parade.

As far as the Lady Crusaders were concerned, they were going to be in for a long game no matter who coached the Lady Green Wave. Especially having to stop or at least slow down Kristian Dobard.

Sacred Heart wasn’t able to do that as Dobard finished with a game-high 20 points and Ana Perry scored 11 points, a season high for her, as Cathedral rolled to a 48-point win in Region 8-1A action Friday night.

Cathedral (10-14, 5-4) scored 17 points in the first quarter while Sacred Heart went scoreless from the field and managed to make just one free throw. At halftime, the Lady Green Wave led 28-7. The Lady Crusaders didn’t think it could have gotten any worse after the first quarter – but it did as they were outscored 13-0 in the third quarter.

Tatum Farlow and Lindsey Thomas led Sacred Heart with four points each.

Forest 55, Monterey 42

MONTEREY, La. — Despite getting a game-high 17 points from Madison Simpson, the Lady Wolves couldn’t keep up with the Lady Bulldogs in the second half and lost by 13 points Friday night to remain winless in District 3-B.

Monterey (5-22, 0-4) led Forest 12-10 after one quarter of play and the two teams were tied a 23-all by halftime. But the Lady Bulldogs had too many go-to players for the Lady Wolves to contend with and the game got away from them in the final two quarters.

B. Stutts led Forest with 13 points while J. Paris and B. Pippen scored 12 points each. Lauren New added seven points for Monterey.

Bunkie 48, Vidalia 31

BUNKIE, La. — Kristy Gouspard scored a game-high 19 points as the Lady Panthers used a couple of big quarters to defeat the Lady Vikings Friday night in District 3-3A action.

Bunkie controlled the action early on in the game and took a 15-6 lead at the end of the first quarter. The Lady Panthers then outscored the Lady Vikings 17-6 in the third quarter to give them a 20-point lead.

Tyshica Rodgers led Vidalia (5-22, 0-8) with 11 points and Dejanae Harris chipped in with eight points.