Lady Trojans fall to Jonesboro-Hodge

Published 12:58 am Wednesday, January 21, 2009

JONESBORO, La. — Tuesday night’s District 2-2A showdown between Ferriday and Jonesboro-Hodge surprisingly turned into a game of two halves for both teams.

Ferriday did very little wrong during the first half in jumping out to a 30-16 halftime lead. But in the second half, Jonesboro-Hodge took advantage of turnovers and missed free throws and did a better job on the boards in capturing a 57-55 come-from-behind win.

Lady Trojans post player Jasmine Upchurch returned to the lineup after missing the last three games. But even that was not enough.

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“She played sparingly for a couple of quarters. She’s not 100 percent,” head coach Lisa Abron said. “She did get some key rebounds and got a couple of blocked shots.”

Ferriday (22-4, 2-1; No. 3 in the Class 2A power ratings) had its chances to either send the game into overtime or even win the game, but it missed some free throws and a basket with seven seconds left.

“We got a good look at the basket, but it didn’t fall,” Abron said

Led by Atasia Banks, Chante Poole and Jalessia Davis, the Lady Trojans played their best first half in several games. After taking a 13-8 lead after one quarter of play, they outscored the Lady Tigers 17-8 in the second quarter and appeared on their way to a blowout win.

Banks led all scorers with 19 points while Poole had 17 points and Davis finished with 11 points.

But Jonesboro-Hodge had other ideas in the second half. The Lady Tigers were more aggressive on both ends of the court, which seemed to frustrate the Lady Trojans. In the third quarter, the Lady Tigers scored 19 points to the Lady Trojans’ 13 points.

Jonesboro-Hodge continued its amazing rally in the fourth quarter as it scored 22 points while holding Ferriday to just 12 points.

“We started off really great. I was really impressed with the first half of play,” Abron said. “Second half, turnovers, not boxing out is what really hurt us. They outhustled us in the second half.”

Jasmine Nash had 17 points and April Leonard chipped in with 15 points for Jonesboro-Hodge, which improved to 2-0 in district play.

Lawrence County 62,

Natchez High 59

MONTICELLO — Alia Frank scored 27 and Keosha Bradley followed with 25 points and it still was not enough as Lawrence County held on for a three-point win over Natchez High Tuesday night.

Usually when Frank and Bradley put up those numbers, the opposing team loses. But that was not the case this time because only two of their teammates managed to get in the scoring column.

Natchez High (15-8) took a 16-11 lead at the end of the first quarter, but Lawrence County outscored the Lady Bulldogs a combined 36-26 over the next two quarters for a 47-42 lead.

The Lady Cougars made just enough stops defensively to keep the Lady Bulldogs from going on a big run in the fourth quarter.

T. Griffin led Lawrence County with 18 points and C. Little added 13 points.

Tensas Academy 36, Tallulah Academy 28

TALLULAH, La. — Thanks to a 14-0 run in the third quarter, the Tensas Academy Lady Chiefs were able to put away the Tallulah Academy Lady Trojans Tuesday night to stay undefeated in MPSA District 6-A.

Tensas Academy (15-7, 5-0) got off to a rough start in the opening minutes of the game and scored just five points in the first quarter. By halftime, the Lady Chiefs were down 16-13.

The third quarter, however, was a completely different story for both teams. Tensas Academy picked up its defense and didn’t allow Tallulah Academy to score a single point. By the time that quarter was over, the Lady Chiefs had taken a 27-16 lead.

Mary Miller Ratcliff led Tensas Academy with nine points. Katie Book led Tallulah Academy with 10 points.

Block 54, LaSalle 27

OLLA, La. — Tyra Jefferson scored a game-high 20 points and Arnesha Beard had 10 points to lead the Block Lady Bears to an easy win over the LaSalle Lady Tigers Tuesday night to remain undefeated in District 3-1A.

The Lady Bears left little doubt as to why they are one of the best teams not only in their district but also in Class 1A as they jumped out to a 20-6 lead after one quarter of play and never looked back. Phyllicia Woods and Sheteca Collins each had eight points.

Block, ranked No. 2 in the most recent Class 1A power ratings, improved to 18-4 overall and 3-0 in district play. The Lady Bears will take on Montgomery, No. 3 in the Class 1A power ratings, Friday night in a battle of the two best teams in the district.

WCCA 57, Huntington 37

FERRIDAY — Mary Claire Netterville finished with 16 points and Hannah Ashley had one of her best offensive performances of the season with 13 points to lead the Lady Rams past the Lady Hounds in District 6-A action Tuesday night.

The first half turned out to be closer than expected as WCCA led by just six points at the end of the first quarter and only five points at halftime. But the Lady Rams took control of the game in the third quarter, scoring 16 points while holding Huntington to just four points.

Julie Moak and Abi Brown scored eight points apiece to lead Huntington (8-15, 1-5).

Bunkie 43, Vidalia 28

BUNKIE, La. — Nekia Jurell scored 18 points and Tabitha Kyle had 12 points to lead the Lady Panthers to a 15-point win over the Lady Vikings in a District 3-3A game Tuesday night.

Bunkie dominated the action on both ends of the court in the first quarter en route to a commanding 19-2 lead. And even though Vidalia (3-14, 0-3) outscored Bunkie 10-4 in the second quarter, the Lady Vikings still trailed by 11 points at halftime.

The Lady Panthers put the game away with a 14-6 advantage in the third quarter.

Gabrielle Wagoner led Vidalia with 12 points and Dejanae Harris chipped in with 10 points.