Butler’s 25 points lead Lady Trojans to victory

Published 1:33 am Saturday, January 30, 2010

MONROE, La. — Jasmine Butler has had an up-and-down season. In some games, she has been one of Ferriday’s top scorers. But at times she has struggled, especially against good teams.

On Friday night, she was the Lady Trojans’ leading scorer as she finished with a game-high 25 points in leading them to a 66-42 win over the Sterlington Lady Panthers to stay right behind Lake Providence in District 2-2A.

Ferriday head coach Lisa Abron described Butler’s performance as one of her best games of the entire season.

“She was able to get out and run ahead of the fast break and make some lay-ups. Plus she knocked down a couple of 3s,” Abron said.

Ferriday (16-8, 4-1) showed up at Sterlington a little late and it showed in the way the team played in the first quarter. Still, the Lady Trojans led the Lady Panthers 10-9 at the end of the quarter.

Even though Ferriday played better defense in holding Sterlington to six points in the second quarter, it had an eight-point lead at halftime. The Lady Panthers, who got 12 points from Alicia Williams and 11 points from Lakelia Pounds, would not go away quietly as they put up 18 points on the Lady Trojans in the third quarter to make the score 40-33 at the end of the quarter.

“We got here kind of late, so we started kind of sluggish. Once the second quarter started, we played better defense,” Abron said. “We rebounded the ball very well tonight. Most of our points came off fast breaks.”

But the Lady Trojans took over in the fourth quarter. Led by Butler and Chante Poole, who had 19 points, they outscored Sterlington 26-9 to put away a pesky Lady Panthers team. Abron also contributed the win to some outstanding free-throw shooting.

“We shot 22 times and we only missed three. Couldn’t ask for a better night shooting,” Abron said.

Franklin County 58, Amite County 45

MEADVILLE — With Franklin County hosting the Region 7-3A Tournament in a week and a half, the Lady Bulldogs made sure they were going to clinch the No. 1 seed on their home court.

And they did so Friday night by defeating the Amite County Lady Trojans, although it was not in the dominating fashion they have had against the rest of their opposition.

Franklin County, ranked No. 3 in Class 3A, looked like it was own its way to another easy win as it jumped out to a 16-10 lead over Amite County after one quarter of play. But the Lady Trojans kept the game close for a little while and they even outscored the Lady Bulldogs 13-10 in the second quarter to trail by just three points at halftime.

That would be as close as Amite County would get for the rest of the game With CeeCee Miller, Leondra Shaw and Erica Jenkins leading the way, Franklin County scored 32 points in the second half.

The Lady Bulldogs’ trio each finished with 14 points as they improved to 16-3 overall and 8-0 in region play with at Tylertown and home against Hazlehurst to finish the reguar season. Cikia Patterson led Amite County with 14 points and Tydesheaia Pool chipped in with 12 points.

Trinity Episcopal 58, Huntington 30

FERRIDAY — Trinity Episcopal’s Bethany Ogden and Madelyn Cross combined to score more points than Huntington did as a team as the Lady Saints rolled to a 28-point win over the Lady Hounds in an MAIS District 6-A game Friday night.

Ogden led all scorers with 21 points while Cross poured in 18 points. Trinity Episcopal (19-8, 7-1) jumped out to an 18-2 lead over Huntington after one quarter of play and never looked back. All nine players on the Lady Saints’ roster got into the scoring column.

Allie Boothe led Huntington with 13 points and Abi Brown added eight points.

Avoyelles Charter 45, Monterey 41

MONTEREY, La. — Katie Mayeaux scored 15 points and Zeva Lewis added 10 points as the Avoyelles Charter Lady Vikings held off a furious rally to defeat the Monterey Lady Wolves in District 6-B action Friday night.

Avoyelles Charter led Monterey by three points at the end of the first quarter, six points at halftime and 11 points at the end of the third quarter. But the Lady Wolves nearly pulled off a fourth-quarter comeback. They cut the Lady Vikings’ lead down to four points late only to run out of time.

Ellen Bairnsfather led Monterey (18-10, 1-5) with 15 points while Kendall Lipsey had 13 points.