Ferriday girls lose early lead

Published 12:00 am Saturday, January 3, 2009

TALLULAH, La. — Just two days after winning the Sicily Island Tournament, the Ferriday Lady Trojans started off the new year on the wrong foot as they were hammered by the Madison Parish Lady Jaguars 67-48 Friday night.

After taking a 27-25 lead at halftime, Ferriday had a hard time getting shots to fall in the third quarter. Madison Parish took advantage and outscored the Lady Trojans 20-9 to take a 45-36 lead into the fourth quarter.

“I thought we did a good job in the first half. In the third quarter we had cold shooting,” Ferriday head coach Lisa Abron said. “Fourth quarter, we had people in foul trouble. But I’m pleased with how we played. Madison is a good team. I give them the credit.”

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The Lady Trojans’ defense could not contain the Lady Jaguars’ duo of Caroline Harris and Tequilla Barnes, who scored 25 and 18 points respectively. They were two of four Lady Jaguars players to score in double figures.

Chante Poole led Ferriday (19-2) with 16 points and Jasmine Upchurch had 15 points. But Atasia Banks and Jalessia Davis finished with just five points and four points, respectively.

“Turnovers and cold shooting is what did us in. We needed a game like this. This wasn’t a district game,” Abron said.

Cathedral boys 37, Monterey 36

MONTEREY — Carl Hammitte’s free throw with about a minute left in the game proved to be huge as the Cathedral Green Wave held on for a one-point win over the Monterey Wolves Friday night.

The bucket gave Cathedral a 37-34 lead, and Austin Lipsey made a lay-up to cut the lead to one point. But after that, neither team was able to score. The Green Wave missed some key free throws that would have put the game away, but the Wolves couldn’t take advantage.

“They had three possessions in the last 20 seconds,” Green Wave coach Peter Arnold said. “They shot the ball with 10 seconds left. They missed it and Russell Goodman grabbed the rebound. They grabbed it, and it was a jump ball with .9 seconds left.”

Monterey attempted a lob pass up the middle, but Daniel Huffines jumped up and knocked the ball away. Time ran out before the Wolves could attempt a shot.

Arnold said the team’s defense and the effort of Josh Callaway were the key factors in the Green Wave’s win.

“We were aggressive getting to the loose balls and rebounding the ball.” Arnold said. “Josh Callaway played really well defensively and rebounding the ball. He had 12 rebounds.”

Cathedral (3-12) trailed Monterey 18-13 at halftime, but the Green Wave picked up its full-court pressure in the third quarter, resulting in a 12-6 advantage and a one-point lead going into the fourth quarter.

Collin Hammons led the Green Wave with 11 points and Hammitte finished with nine points. They will return to Region 8-1A play next Tuesday when they travel to Hattiesburg to take on Sacred Heart.

Ross Lipsey scored 11 points and Austin Lipsey chipped in with seven points to lead Monterey (8-13), which will host ACCS next Tuesday.

Jefferson County girls 60, Tylertown 38

FAYETTE — Tylertown had no answer for Jefferson County’s Erin Wells, who scored a game-high 34 points in leading the Lady Tigers past the Lady Chiefs Friday night in Region 7-3A action.

Jefferson County (7-8, 2-1) took control of this game in the first half and was never really challenged by Tylertown. The Lady Tigers jumped out to a 20-7 lead after one quarter of play and by halftime they had enjoyed a 32-12 lead over the Lady Chiefs.

The only hiccup defensively for the Lady Tigers was the third quarter, when the Lady Chiefs scored 19 points. However, the visitors could only manage to cut one point off the home team’s lead.

The Lady Tigers capped off their impressive win with a 10-7 advantage in the fourth quarter.

Malikia Graves finished with eight points for Jefferson County. Shaporah Youngblood led Tylertown with 13 points.

Prairie View Academy girls 58, Tensas Academy 31

BASTROP, La. — Just when it looked like Tensas Academy was getting back in the game, Prairie View Academy made some key shots near the end of the first half en route to the Lady Spartans’ 27-point win over the Lady Chiefs Friday afternoon at the Prairie View Academy Doubleheader.

“We got it down to seven near the end of the (first) half. We went to sleep and they hit a couple of threes and they were up 15 at halftime,” Lady Chiefs head coach Chuck Bauerle said. “We hadn’t played since the 19th (of December).”

Prairie View, one of the best teams in Class AA, dominated the action on both ends of the court throughout the first quarter on its way to a 16-4 lead. The Lady Spartans then went on that key run to end the first half and pulled away in the second half.

“The game got away toward the end. We started out so slowly and actually played a lot better after the first little bit of the ball game,” Bauerle said. “It’s a way to get in shape for the district games.”

Mary Miller Ratcliff led Tensas Academy (9-7) with 12 points. Caroline Oliphant led Prairie View with a game-high 26 points. The Lady Chiefs will take on Claiborne Academy today at 4:40 p.m.

Jefferson County boys 60, Tylertown 57

FAYETTE — Terry Tenner scored a game-high 20 points and Davion Noble had 16 points to lead the Jefferson County Tigers to a hard-fought win over the Tylertown Chiefs Friday night in a Region 7-3A game.

Trailing 29-28 at halftime, Jefferson County responded by outscoring Tylertown 15-13 in the third quarter to regain the lead at 43-42. The Chiefs had their chances to win the game in the fourth quarter, but the Tigers would not let that happen as they scored 17 points to the Chiefs’ 15 points.

Trellvion Gaines added 12 points for Jefferson County (4-7, 2-1). D. Magee led Tylertown with 18 points and C. Conerly chipped in with 15 points.

Monterey girls 51, Cathedral 29

MONTEREY, La. — Thanks to an unexpected 25-point first quarter and some outstanding defense, the Monterey Lady Wolves defeated the Cathedral Lady Green Wave by 22 points Friday night.

Monterey has not been known as a team that gets off to a fast start, but that’s exactly what the Lady Wolves did in the first quarter, which was a surprise not only to the Lady Green Wave, but the fans of both teams watching from the bleachers.

When the quarter had ended, the Lady Wolves were up 25-11. Cathedral tried to get back in the game in the second quarter, but was outscored by Monterey 13-10 to trail by 17 points at halftime.

After Cathedral had cut the lead to 13 points at the end of the third quarter, Monterey responded with a 9-0 advantage in the fourth quarter.

Brooke Baker led Monterey (7-11) with 14 points and Kendall Lipsey had 10 points. Ginny Daggett scored 10 points and Amanda Richardson added six points to lead Cathedral (4-10).