Lady Saints fall in playoff

Published 12:27 am Saturday, February 9, 2008

LAKE PROVIDENCE, La. — For the second time this week, the Trinity Episcopal Lady Saints had to pull off an upset of the Prairie View Lady Spartans to win the MPSA District 3-AA championship.

After suffering a 19-point loss at home on Tuesday night, Trinity had an opportunity to avenge that loss and defeat the third-ranked team in Class AA for the second time this season.

But in this one-game playoff played at Riverfield Academy to determine which team would be the best in District 3-AA, the Lady Spartans proved why they are one of the best teams in the state as they used a balanced scoring attack to defeat the Lady Saints 56-33 to take the district title.

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Prairie View improved to 31-1 overall and finished district play with an 8-1 record. The Lady Spartans will be the district’s No. 1 seed and will receive a first-round bye in next week’s Class AA South State Tournament at Columbia Academy.

Trinity, 23-9 overall, wound up with a 7-2 record in district play and will have to play a first-round game at South State on Monday due to being the district’s No. 2 seed.

With the way the first half was played, it appeared that this game would go down to the final minutes of the fourth quarter. Prairie View led 19-13 after one quarter of play, but Trinity held the Lady Spartans to just 10 points in the second quarter and trailed by just five at halftime.

But Prairie View’s defense was the story in the second half as it either made the Lady Saints take many contested shots or forced them to turn the ball over, which in turn the Lady Spartans converted into easy lay-ups.

Prairie View was led by Emily Jones with 14 points while Caroline Oliphant finished with 13 points and Logan Tubbs added 12 points. Caroline Ketchings led Trinity with 10 points and Madeline Cross had nine points.

Monterey 47, Epps 41

MONTEREY, La. — The Lady Wolves were not going to go winless in District 3-B this season and Madison Simpson helped make sure of that as she scored a game-high 23 points in their six-point win over the Lady Panthers Friday night.

Monterey, which finished 1-5 in district play, took a 10-7 lead after one quarter of play and then led at halftime 26-18. Epps tried to get back in the game in the second half, but the Lady Panthers were not able to get a big rally going.

If Forest defeats Epps tonight, Monterey will take on Epps in a play-in game to determine the district’s number three seed for the playoffs.