Poor shooting leads to Huntington loss in tourney

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, February 3, 2009

FERRIDAY — The Huntington Lady Hounds tried and tried, but just couldn’t get any shots to fall against Riverdale in the first round of the MPSA District 6-A Tournament Monday night.

The Lady Hounds went 11 minutes without scoring a point, including a scoreless third quarter in a 56-15 loss that ended their season.

“The ball just would not go in the hole for us,” Huntington coach David Boydstun said. “We couldn’t buy a shot.”

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Huntington kept it close most of the first quarter, but Riverdale closed the quarter on a bit of a run and took a 17-6 lead after one.

The Lady Rebels’ lead stood at 23-8 when Huntington hit a basket with a little over three minutes remaining in the second quarter to make it a 13-point game.

Their side of the scoreboard wouldn’t move for another 11 minutes.

Riverdale then went on a 23-0 run, including outscoring Huntington 16-0 in the third quarter to lead 46-10.

Kristen Havard’s 3-pointer 30 seconds into the fourth quarter finally ended the drought for the Lady Hounds, but by that time, Riverdale was already in cruise control.

“In the first quarter, I was feeling pretty good because we were hanging right in there with them,” Boydstun said. “But then the shots just stopped falling. We had 10 points forever.”

With the win, Riverdale clinches a spot in next week’s South State Tournament while Huntington’s season is over.

“The girls fought hard all year long,” Boydstun said of his team. “You couldn’t ask for any more from them. We just struggled shooting it all year and it hurt us.”

Abi Brown and Julia Corbett both led Huntington with four points each.

Riverdale was led by Melissa Savell with 15 points and Taylor Giddings with 13. Hanna Sam and Kaitlyn Squires chipped in 10 points each for the Lady Rebels in the win.

Riverdale will play either Tallulah or Central in the semifinals of the tournament on Friday night.

Tensas Academy girls 64, Glenbrook 22

The Tensas Academy Lady Chiefs used a big second quarter to pull away from Glenbrook and clinch a spot in the South State Tournament.

Tensas led just 14-8 after one quarter, but outscored Glenbrook 25-4 in the second quarter to pull away.

The Lady Chiefs were led by Mary Miller Ratcliff with 19 points and Jordan Leake with 12.

Lindsey Warren led Glenbrook with 10 points.

With the win, Tensas advances to the district tournament semifinals, where they will take on either Claiborne Academy or WCCA Friday afternoon.

Riverdale boys 76, Tensas Academy 39

The Tensas Academy Chiefs saw their season come to an end with a 37-point loss to Riverdale Academy in the first round of the District 6-A Tournament.

Riverdale jumped out to a 22-9 lead after one quarter and never looked back.

Austin Emfinger did most of the scoring for Tensas, pouring in 21 points, while Jon Truman James chipped in with 11.

Jordan Northcutt led Riverdale with 23 points while Jerry Northcutt scored 17 and Colton Warren added 15.

Riverdale will take on Glenbrook, a 50-43 winner over Franklin Academy in the first round, in the tournament semifinals Friday afternoon.