Tigers pull away from rival Rams

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, December 3, 2008

CENTREVILLE — The first half of Tuesday night’s match-up between rivals Centreville Academy and Wilkinson County Christian Academy went back and forth between the two teams.

The second half, however, was another story as the Tigers pulled away for a 64-45 win over the Rams to put both teams’ records at 3-2.

Centreville trailed WCCA 10-8 at the end of the first quarter before outscoring the Rams 18-14 in the second quarter for a 26-24 halftime lead. The Tigers came out with more energy and more focus than the Rams did in the third quarter and it showed as the home team outscored the visitors 23-10 for a 49-34 lead.

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Jamie Dezendorf led the Tigers with a game-high 20 points while Kyle Brown scored 17 points and Colby Lockwood had 12 points. Tip McKenzie led the Rams with 17 points and Justin Davis added 14 points.

Grace Christian 86, Cathedral 45

ALEXANDRIA, La. — Cathedral had no answer for Grace Christian’s Jeremy Fontenot, who scored a game-high 34 points to lead the Warriors past the Green Wave Tuesday night.

Grace Christian, now 13-3 on the season, led Cathedral 24-13 after one quarter of play and then dominated the second quarter on its way to putting the game out of reach. The Warriors outscored the Green Wave 31-5 en route to a 55-18 halftime lead.

Cathedral (0-6) was led by Collin Hammons with 13 points and Daniel Huffines with 12 points. Shawn Smith had 11 points and Zach Peyett finished with 10 points for the Warriors.

Ferriday girls 78, Franklin Parish 63

FERRIDAY — Jasmine Upchurch led a balanced scoring attack for Ferriday with 20 points as the Lady Trojans defeated the Franklin Parish Lady Patriots 78-63 Tuesday night.

Upchurch was one of five Lady Trojans players to score at least eight points. Atasia Banks scored 16 points, Jalessia Davis had 13 points, Deonka Birdon added nine points and Chante Poole had eight points.

With the game well in hand, Ferriday head coach Lisa Abron sat her starters in the fourth quarter. Franklin Parish, which struggled to find any offensive rhythm in the first half, took advantage by outscoring the Lady Trojans 32-10, but that only made the final margin more respectable.

The good news for the Lady Patriots (4-4) was that Jasmine Jones and Latonya Whitley combined for 51 points. The bad news was that most of those points came after halftime. Jones finished with a game-high 26 points and Whitley had 25 points.

The first half belonged to Ferriday (8-1). The Lady Trojans’ defense put the clamps on Jones and Whitley while their offense was almost unstoppable. The two factors allowed Ferriday to take a 25-10 lead at the end of the first quarter and a commanding 54-15 lead at halftime.

The Lady Trojans will take on the winner of the Richwood/Block game Friday at 6:30 p.m. as part of the Ronnie Brown Memorial Basketball Tournament at Vidalia High.

WCCA 56, Centreville 24

CENTREVILLE — Mary Claire Netterville led all scorers with 16 points in leading the Lady Rams back into the winning column for the first time in over two weeks as they defeated the Lady Tigers Tuesday night.

Allie Fontenot had 12 points and Caroline Walker chipped in with eight points for WCCA (4-3), which jumped out to a 19-8 lead after one quarter of play and never looked back. It was the Lady Rams’ first win since defeating Amite School Center on Nov. 17.

Katie Vine led Centreville with nine points. The Lady Tigers managed to get to double digits in just one quarter — the third quarter, when they scored 10 points.