Bradley scores 28 points in Natchez High victory

Published 12:22 am Friday, November 21, 2008

BROOKHAVEN — Keosha Bradley scored a game-high 28 points to lead the Natchez High Lady Bulldogs to a 56-40 win over the Crystal Springs Lady Tigers Thursday night at the Brookhaven Tournament.

Bradley was the only Natchez High player to score in double figures, but she got more help offensively from her teammates than Crystal Springs’s Marshanthia Walker, who was the only Lady Tigers player to end up in double figures with 25 points.

Anastasia Hutchins finished with eight points and Jameka Watkins added seven points for the 7-2 Lady Bulldogs. Meanwhile, the next highest scorer behind Walker was T. Johnson, who had just six points.

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The Lady Bulldogs’ defense stepped up after trailing 12-11 at the end of the first quarter. They held the Lady Tigers to eight points in the second quarter and a mere six points in the third quarter en route to taking a 36-26 lead.

Natchez High will take on the winner of the South Pike/Tylertown game in the girls’ championship game Saturday at 6 p.m.

Cathedral 42, St. Aloysius 32

NATCHEZ — Thanks to an offensive explosion in the second quarter, the Cathedral Lady Green Wave rallied from an early five-point deficit to defeat the Lady Flashes Thursday night.

St. Aloysius got off to a good start and led Cathedral 12-7 at the end of the first quarter. That wouldn’t last long as the Lady Green Wave stormed back in the second quarter, outscoring the Lady Flashes 21-8 to take a 28-20 halftime lead.

Both teams struggled offensively in the second half, but Cathedral (2-2) did just enough to make sure St. Aloysius would not get back in the game.

Ana Perry led the Lady Green Wave with 12 points and Betsy Daggett had nine points. Carlye Smith led the Lady Flashes with a game-high 13 points.

Ferriday 72, Rayville 59

RAYVILLE, La. — Even though three Ferriday players scored in double figures, this game was still in doubt until the fourth quarter, when the Lady Trojans pulled away to defeat the Lady Hornets Thursday night.

Rayville (1-1) jumped out to a 20-16 lead after one quarter of play, but Ferriday clawed back in the game over the next two quarters, leading to a 50-50 score at the end of the third quarter.

However, the Lady Hornets could not slow down the Lady Trojans’ trio of Chante Poole, Jasmine Upchurch and JaLessia Davis in the fourth quarter. Ferriday outscored Rayville 22-9 in the final quarter. Poole led all scorers with 30 points while Upchurch finished with 19 points and Davis had 12 points.

Ferriday was originally scheduled to host Rayville tonight, but because Rayville’s football team is still in the playoffs, the varsity basketball games were rescheduled for Thursday night. The games were moved to Rayville so it wouldn’t have do any traveling, Lady Trojans head coach Lisa Abron said.

Oak Forest 54, Trinity Episcopal 39

CLINTON, La. — Trinity Episcopal got off to a tough start in the first quarter against a good Oak Forest team and was never able to get back in the game, resulting in a 15-point loss Thursday night at the Silliman Shootout.

Trinity Episcopal (4-4) will take on Amite School Center in the girls’ consolation game Saturday at 4 p.m. Amite School Center lost to Huntington in the other winners’ bracket game.

Oak Forest, which will take on Huntington in the girls’ championship game Saturday at 6:30 p.m., dominated the first quarter on both ends of the court. By the end of the quarter, the Lady Yellow Jackets had a 19-7 lead.

Despite the efforts of the Lady Saints’ Caroline Ketchings and Madeline Cross, the Lady Yellow Jackets had too much balanced scoring for them to overcome. Ketchings made three three-pointers and led Trinity Episcopal with 17 points. Cross had a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds to go with five steals. Even though Bethany Ogden scored just two points, she pulled down seven rebounds.

Lauren Brumfield led Oak Forest with a game-high 20 points and Lindsey Oliver had 13 points.

Huntington 38,

Amite School Center 27

CLINTON, La. — In a seesaw game to determine who would play Oak Forest in the girls’ finals of the Silliman Shootout, Huntington’s defense held Amite School Center without a field goal in the fourth quarter and pulled away from the Lady Rebels Thursday night.

After the first quarter ended in a 6-6 tie, Huntington outscored Amite School Center 13-9 in the second quarter for a four-point halftime lead. The Lady Rebels cut that lead in half by the end of the third quarter, but they couldn’t keep the momentum going in the fourth quarter.

That was mainly due to the defense the Lady Hounds put on. The only point the Lady Rebels scored was at the free throw line. Julia Corbett led Huntington with 12 points and Julie Moak added 10 points.

Parklane 54, ACCS 22

NATCHEZ — Caitlyn Adams scored 22 points and Kellen Choate had 14 points to lead Parklane past Adams County Christian School Thursday night.

The Lady Pioneers allowed only two Lady Rebels players to get in the scoring column. Sara Beth Fuller had 12 points and Ashley Morrison had 10 points.

Parklane led ACCS 38-22 after three quarters of play before outscoring the home team 16-0 in the fourth quarter. This was the third straight loss for the Lady Rebels after starting the season 3-0.