Saints use big first quarter to run away from ACCS

Published 1:04 am Wednesday, January 21, 2009

NATCHEZ — A quick start in the first quarter gave Trinity all they would need to defeat ACCS as the Saints cruised to a 79-40 District 3-AA win over the Rebels.

The Saints (21-4, 5-0) took an early 27-4 lead after the first quarter.

ACCS finally began scoring in the second quarter but were still facing a 30-point deficit at halftime.

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“Two of our starters were out for the first half tonight,” ACCS head coach Rick Fife said. “Unfortunately they killed us on the boards and we weren’t consistent on offense.”

Trinity only outscored the Rebels by two in the third quarter, but ACCS could not find a way to slow down the Saint offensive attack which was without it’s leading scorer Brandon Daggs.

“We were a little tired after last night’s game,” Trinity head coach David King said. “We were also without our leading scorer.”

Four Saints scored in double digits and Trinity never looked back as they sent in the second string mid-fourth quarter.

Andrew Johnson led all scorers with 24 points while teammate Giovanni Dent added 14 points for the Saints.

Bryce Murray led the Rebels with 13 points.

Both teams will continue District 3-AA play Friday when ACCS hosts Riverfield and Trinity travels to River Oaks.

Trinity girls 65, ACCS 25

Neither team’s offense got off to a good start, but a 23-point third quarter gave the Trinity Lady Saints an easy win over the home standing ACCS Lady Rebels.

Both teams combined for only 15 points in the first quarter, but the Lady Saints began inching away in the second and took a 14-point lead into the half.

A double-double by Trinity’s Madelyn Cross helped the Lady Saints cruise through the second half and to the win.

Cross led all scorers with 19 points and also grabbed 16 rebounds. Caroline Ketchings added 17 points for the Lady Saints.

Sarah Beth Fuller led ACCS with 9 points.