Huntington falls in tourney title game

Published 12:04 am Sunday, February 8, 2009

FERRIDAY — Huntington’s run through the MPSA District 6-A Tournament ended with a thud Saturday evening in the championship game.

Riverdale Academy, ranked No. 2 in Class A, came out hot and never slowed down in a 66-30 victory.

Huntington didn’t score more than nine points in any quarter while Riverdale scored 16 or more points in three of the four quarters.

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“They are a very well-coached, well-organized team,” Huntington coach David Boydstun said of Riverdale. “They had crisp passes, took good shots and played good defense.”

And it was that good defense that frustrated the Hounds all night long.

“Offensively we couldn’t get anything going,” Boydstun said. “We just stood around at times and didn’t pass the ball well. And the shots from the perimeter didn’t fall either.”

Huntington’s leading scorer was Kevin Brown with 12 points. Tyler Peré chipped in eight for the Hounds in the loss.

Riverdale was led by Jordan Northcutt with 18 points and Jerry Northcutt with 17. Cody Garrett and Colton Warren also scored in double figures for Riverdale, tallying 11 and 10, respectively.

With the win, Riverdale (31-2) will be the No. 1 seed in the South State Tournament which begins Monday at Central Hinds in Raymond.

Huntington (16-10) will be the No. 2 seed in the 12-team tournament. The top four teams in that tournament advance to the State Tournament the following week.

Riverdale girls 46, Tensas Academy 32

The Tensas Academy Lady Chiefs had a horrendous first and third quarters, and it cost them in a 14-point loss in the District 6-A girls championship game.

Tensas was outscored 9-2 in the first quarter, but came back to close the gap to 17-15 at halftime.

However, they came out of the locker room cold and Riverdale took advantage, outscoring Tensas 17-6 in that quarter to pull away.

Mary Miller Ratcliff led the Lady Chiefs with 10 points while Mary Crigler scored eight points in the losing effort.

Riverdale was led by Morgan Trader with 14 points and Melissa Savell with 10.

Riverdale will be the No. 1 seed in the upcoming South State Tournament while Tensas Academy will be the No. 2 seed.