Trinity continues hot hoops

Published 12:00 am Saturday, January 24, 2009

RAYVILLE, La. — Brandon Daggs led five Trinity Episcopal players in double figures with a game-high 24 points as the No. 1 team in Class AA defeated the Riverfield Raiders 73-40 Friday night to remain undefeated in District 3-AA.

For the first time in several games, Trinity Episcopal got off to the kind of start head coach David King had been wanting from his players. Thanks to stellar play on both ends of the court, the Saints took a 22-10 lead over the Raiders at the end of the first quarter.

The second quarter went back and forth between the two teams and ended with the Saints outscoring the Raiders 14-11 for a 36-21 halftime lead. But any thoughts of Riverfield rallying in the second half ended with a dominating third quarter performance by Trinity.

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The Saints put up 29 points in the third quarter while holding the Raiders to just 8 points. And just like that, the Saints had a comfortable 75-29 lead.

R.J. Fleming, Giovonni Dent and Bryant Pearson scored 11 points each, and Andrew Johnson added 10 points for Trinity Episcopal, which improved to 22-4 overall and 6-0 in district play.

Not a single Riverfield player scored in double figures in this game. The Raiders were led by Logan Moore with eight points and Jon Taylor Davis with seven points.

WCCA 56, Franklin Academy 50

WOODVILLE — Tip McKenzie scored a game-high 24 points and Todd Gonda had 22 points as the WCCA Rams held on for a six-point win over the Franklin Academy Cougars Friday night.

It appeared that WCCA was going to get an easy win after jumping out to a 19-10 lead over Franklin Academy after one quarter of play. But the Cougars would not go away and by the end of the third quarter, the Rams had added just one point to their lead.

The Cougars tried to rally in the fourth quarter. Even though they scored 18 points, they couldn’t make enough stops on the defensive end to do so. The Rams scored 14 points in the final eight minutes to preserve the win.

With the win, WCCA improved to 12-6 overall and 5-2 in MPSA District 6-A East Sub-district play. The Rams still have the same sub-district records as Huntington, which defeated Tensas Academy Friday night.

Huntington 67, Tensas Academy 55

ST. JOSEPH, La. — Thanks to a 30-point performance by Tensas Academy’s Austin Emfinger, this game turned out to be much closer than expected. But in the end, the Huntington Hounds escaped with a 12-point win over the Chiefs Friday night.

Struggling to find its rhythm offensively in the first quarter, Huntington led by just three points, 13-10, at the end of the quarter. By halftime, the Hounds were up by only nine points, 29-20.

Tensas Academy cut the lead to eight at the end of the third quarter, but Huntington outscored the Chiefs 23-19 in the fourth quarter to avoid what would have been a huge loss for the Hounds.

Tyler Pere’ led Huntington (12-9, 5-2) with 22 points while Jeremy Randall had 18 points and Kevin Brown added 17 points.

Centreville 90, Amite School Center 23

CENTREVILLE — Logan Felder scored 18 points and Adam Perry had 13 points to lead Centreville Academy to its most lopsided win over the season – a 67-point blowout of Amite School Center Friday night in MPSA District 5-AA action.

This game was about as one-sided as one could get. Centreville took a 27-9 lead at the end of the first quarter and a 51-14 lead at halftime. The second half did not get any better for the Rebels. In fact, it got worse as they scored a total of nine points while the Tigers scored 39 points.

Centreville (8-11, 3-5) also got 12 points from Kyle Brown. Amite School Center was led by Lucas Felder with six points.

River Oaks 88, ACCS 66

MONROE, La. — Thanks to a 28-10 advantage in the second quarter, River Oaks blew open a close game and went on to defeat the ACCS Rebels by 22 points Friday night in an MPSA District 3-AA game.

River Oaks led 24-16 at the end of the first quarter before taking control in the second quarter. By halftime, the Mustangs had a commanding 52-26 lead and the Rebels were unable to get back in the game in the second half. Even a 21-10 advantage in the fourth quarter was not enough for the Rebels to rally from 33-point deficit.

James Moffett led ACCS (5-13, 1-5) with 17 points and Joe Barksdale chipped in with 16 points.