Saints fall to Sicily Island

Published 12:16 am Wednesday, January 28, 2009

SICILY ISLAND, La. — Trinity Episcopal was looking to get back to playing its kind of basketball Tuesday night when it took on Sicily Island for the very first time Tuesday night.

But even though the Saints went into this game with a No. 2 ranking in Class AA, the Tigers were not at all intimidated. And this was the Saints’ fourth game in the last five days, three of which were on the road.

Sicily Island surprisingly controlled the pace of the game in the first half and then held on for a stunning 43-42 win for its 20th win of the season. The loss was the second in the last three games for Trinity Episcopal, which dropped to 23-6 on the season.

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The Tigers played much better defense against the Saints in the first half than a lot of people expected. At the end of the first quarter, the Tigers led 11-9 and by halftime were up 30-18.

But the second half was a completely different story as Trinity Episcopal turned up the defensive intensity and pressure. The Saints rallied to take a one-point lead with a 2:30 left in the fourth quarter before Sicily Island regained the lead and held on from there.

Neither team did particularly well at the free-throw line. Trinity Episcopal was 5 of 11 while Sicily Island (20-8) was a mere 4 of 13.

Karlos Gary led the Tigers with a game-high 17 points and Kenterrious Smith had 11 points. Brandon Daggs led the Saints with 16 points and Andrew Johnson added nine points.

Huntington 76, Tallulah Academy 36

FERRIDAY — After getting off to a slow start, Huntington blew the game wide open with a big second quarter and went on to defeat Tallulah Academy by 40 points Tuesday night in MPSA District 6-A East Sub-district action.

The Hounds struggled offensively and were only up 11-8 after one quarter of play, but then outscored the Trojans 27-8 in the second quarter for a commanding 38-16 lead at halftime.

Tyler Peré led Huntington with 24 points and Jeremy Randall had 16 points.

Natchez High 71, Jefferson County 53

FAYETTE — After a back-and-forth first half, Natchez High turned to its defense to make sure Jefferson County would not stay in the game as the Bulldogs defeated the Tigers by 18 points Tuesday night.

Natchez High (14-10) appeared to be in control after taking a 20-11 lead at the end of the first quarter. But Jefferson County responded by outscoring the Bulldogs 22-17 in the second quarter to trail by just four points at halftime.

Unfortunately for the Tigers, they could not keep the momentum going in the second half. And that was in large part to the Bulldogs’ defense, which allowed only nine points in the third quarter. Jeremy McMorris led Natchez High with 20 points and James Reed scored 18 points. Jefferson County was led by Terry Tenner with 20 points.

Chamberlain-Hunt 69, WCCA 51

WOODVILLE — The third quarter proved to be the difference as the Cadets outscored the Rams 14-2 en route to an 18-point non-district win on the road Tuesday night.

There were several lead changes in the first half, which ended with WCCA holding a 34-33 lead. But then the Rams’ offense suddenly disappeared in the third quarter and the Cadets took advantage, allowing them to switch the momentum to their side and they kept it in the fourth quarter.

Seven-foot center David Hahn led Chamberlain-Hunt with 21 points and Uzi Uzuegbunum had 15 points. WCCA (13-7) was led by Tip McKenzie with a game-high 25 points and George Davis with 12 points.

Riverfield 72, ACCS 47

RAYVILLE, La. — John Taylor Davis scored 21 points and Logan Moore had 14 points to lead a balanced scoring attack for Riverfield as the Raiders handily defeated the Rebels in MPSA District 3-AA action Tuesday night.

Riverfield jumped out to a 23-14 lead after one quarter of play and then made sure that ACCS would not make a comeback attempt the rest of the game. Joe Barksdale led the Rebels (5-15, 1-6) with 15 points.

Franklin Academy 36, Tensas Academy 31

ST. JOSEPH, La. — It took until the fourth quarter for both teams’ offense to get going, and in the end Franklin Academy had a little more offense than Tensas Academy did and won by five points Tuesday night.

The Cougars won the game by outscoring the Chiefs (1-14, 1-6 in MPSA District 6-A East Sub-district) 17-12 in the final eight minutes. Tanner Wiggins led the Cougars with 16 points and Austin Emfinger led the Chiefs with 14 points.