Bulldogs win in overtime

Published 1:00 am Wednesday, January 21, 2009

MONTICELLO — Jeremy McMorris made one of two free throws and then blocked a 3-point shot with about five seconds left in overtime to give Natchez High a 75-74 win over Lawrence County Tuesday night.

The game would not have gone into overtime had the Bulldogs played better defense in the fourth quarter. They went into the final eight minutes of regulation with a 54-44 lead, but the Cougars responded by scoring 24 points. The Bulldogs, on the other hand, scored just 14 points.

McMorris finished with 15 points, but he will also be remembered for his heroics on the defensive end thanks to his block that kept the Cougars from winning the game.

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Brandon Holden led Natchez High (12-10) with 21 points and James Reed added 14 points. M. Wells led Lawrence County with a game-high 24 points while B. Haynes had 12 points.

Vidalia 74, Bunkie 49

BUNKIE, La. — Finally playing its first District 3-3A game of the season, the Vikings showed why they are the team to beat as they rolled to an impressive 25-point win over the Panthers Tuesday night.

Vidalia (19-1, 1-0; No. 2 in the Class 3A power ratings) controlled the action in the first quarter on its way to a 24-4 lead. However, head coach Robert Sanders was not happy with the team’s defense in the second quarter when Bunkie scored 19 points.

“We came out and jumped on them early. Our shots were falling and we were playing good defense,” Sanders said. “We slacked up on them in the second quarter. We picked it back up in the second half. I was pleased with our overall effort.”

Torrey Dixon led the Vikings with 21 points while Quartrell Thomas had 18 points and Gary Stewart added 16 points. Romansla Williams led Bunkie (9-10, 0-1) with 20 points.

Huntington 58, WCCA 41

FERRIDAY — After rallying from a four-point halftime deficit to take the lead after three quarters of play, Huntington put WCCA away in the fourth quarter for a big win in District 6-A action Tuesday night.

WCCA (11-6, 4-2) led 13-9 at the end of the first quarter and kept its four-point lead at halftime. Then Huntington got its offense rolling and outscored the Rams 19-13 in the third quarter for a 38-36 lead. The Hounds won the game by outscoring the Rams 20-5 in the fourth quarter.

Jeremy Randall scored a game-high 18 points to lead Huntington (11-9, 4-2) and Tyler Peré had 16 points. The Rams were led by Todd Gonda with 14 points and Tip McKenzie with 13 points.

Franklin County 59, Wilkinson County 50

MEADVILLE — Jamie Collins scored 18 points and Jordan Hunt had 14 points to lead four Franklin County players in double figures as the Bulldogs defeated the Wildcats Tuesday night in Region 7-3A action.

Franklin County jumped out to an early 12-5 lead, but Wilkinson County responded with a 15-8 advantage in the second quarter for a 20-20 score at halftime. But the Bulldogs put the game away by outscoring the Wildcats 21-10 in the third quarter.

Kenny Harden led Wilkinson County with 18 points and John Moore III finished with nine points.

Jefferson County 69, South Pike 52

MAGNOLIA — Led by Davion Noble and Terry Tenner, the Jefferson County Tigers defeated the South Pike Eagles Tuesday night for a big win in Region 7-3A.

However, the outcome was still in doubt until Jefferson County (6-9, 5-2) put away South Pike with a 22-11 advantage in the fourth quarter. Noble led the Tigers with a game-high 24 points and Tenner added 18 points.

The Eagles were led by Donerrick Ellzer with 15 points and Devon Malone with nine points.

Block 54, LaSalle 47

OLLA, La. — Preston Bowman scored 25 points and Rinaldo Fox had nine points as the Block Bears rallied in the second half to defeat the LaSalle Tigers Tuesday night in a District 3-1A game.

Block (9-7, 3-0) trailed LaSalle 24-21 at halftime and was only able to cut one point off that lead in the third quarter. But the Bears went on a tear in the fourth quarter as they scored 25 points while the Tigers scored just 16 points.

Jacoab Roark led LaSalle (0-2 in 3-1A) with 25 points and Drew White added 12 points.

Central Private 71, Centreville 53

BAKER, La. — Central Private’s trio of Rick Meyer, Jacob Fryoux and Jason Young were too much for Centreville as they combined for 54 points in leading the Rebels past the Tigers in District 5-AA action Tuesday night.

Meyer led all scorers with 21 points while Fryoux had 17 points and Young chipped in for 16 points. Central Private trailed throughout much of the first half and was down 32-25 at halftime.

Unfortunately for Centreville, there were still two more quarters of basketball to play and the Tigers could not keep their momentum going and, for that matter, their lead. The Rebels scored 46 second-half points while the Tigers could muster just 21 points.

Logan Felder led Centreville (7-11, 2-5) with 14 points and Colby Lockwood had 12 points.