Block wins in quarterfinals, Ferriday falls

Published 12:00 am Friday, February 27, 2009

GUEYDAN, La. — Phyllicia Woods and Tyra Jefferson scored 12 points each to lead the Block Lady Bears to a 54-36 win over the Gueydan Lady Bears Thursday night in LHSAA Class 1A quarterfinals.

Any thoughts of the long road trip from Jonesville, La. to the northwest corner of Vermillion Parish having an effect of Block ended quickly. The top-seeded and visiting Lady Bears took an 11-8 lead over the host Lady Bears and never looked back from there.

Even though Gueydan was in the game at the end of the opening quarter, Block pulled away with a 15-6 advantage in the second quarter for a 26-14 halftime lead. Thanks to a balanced scoring attack and pressure defense, Block continued to build on its lead in the second half.

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Desiree Savage contributed with 10 points and Arnesha Beard scored nine points for Block, which improved to 27-4 on the season. The Lady Bears will take on No. 4 seed Southern Lab in the Class 1A semifinals next week as part of the Ladies’ Top 28 Tournament at Fant-Ewing Coliseum in Monroe, La. Southern Lab defeated No. 5 seed Plain Dealing in another quarterfinal game.

Gueydan, the No. 9 seed, was led by Paige Boudreaux with 12 points and Whitney Woods with 11 points.

Oakdale 51, Ferriday 40

OAKDALE, La. — Neka Jones scored all of her 19 points in the second half and 6’4” center Netanya Jones had 10 of her 14 points after halftime as the Oakdale Lady Warriors upset the Ferriday Lady Trojans in the Class 2A quarterfinals Thursday night.

Ferriday was supposed to have played without Jasmine Upchurch and Jalessia Davis. But head coach Lisa Abron put them in for a few minutes in the second half because the Lady Trojans’ outside shots were not falling.

“She (Upchurch) gave us a few quality minutes,” Abron said. “I didn’t have anyone who could contain (Netanya Jones). She didn’t dominate in the first half. She only scored four points. The other Jones didn’t score a point in the first half.”

Ferriday relied on its outside game to stay with the 12th-seeded Lady Warriors in the first half and the score was tied 18-18 at halftime. But the second half was a completely different story.

Chante Poole led No. 4 seed Ferriday with 10 points and T’Keyah Fletcher had nine points. The Lady Trojans finished the season with a 30-6 record.

“(Upchurch and Davis) weren’t 100 percent. I thought we played a good game against them. The second half we got away from our double team. (Netanya Jones) got her shots in then,” Abron said. “We switched to a man-to-man because of foul trouble. The guard got a lot of fast-break points in the second half.”

Danisha Allison added 12 points for Oakdale (21-6), which will take on the winner of the Donaldsonville-John Curtis game next week in the Class 2A semifinals.