Prep roundups: Cathedral girls ride strong 2nd quarter

Published 12:09 am Wednesday, December 8, 2010

TYLERTOWN — Cathedral varsity girls basketball coach Bernita Dunbar returned to the sidelines after being out of town much of last week. After the first quarter of Tuesday night’s game at Salem, she could not have been pleased.

Not with the defense. Not with the effort. And definitely not with the Lady Green Wave trailing 12-7 to the Lady Wildcats at the end of the quarter. So coach Dunbar got her team to change its defense in the second quarter.

And it worked. Cathedral outscored Salem 23-8 in the second quarter to take a 10-point halftime lead and then continued to dominate the Lady Wildcats in the second half en route to a 52-28 win.

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“A lot of togetherness and teamwork,” Dunbar said was the key to the Lady Green Wave’s victory. “We ended up going to a full-court trap and quick steals and lay-ups.”

Ginny Daggett and Ana Perry were the two key components of that defense as they forced Salem into turnover after turnover after turnover. And they ended up being Cathedral’s leading scorers. Daggett ended up with a game-high 22 points and Perry finished with 13 points. Epiphany Jackson added nine points for the Lady Green Wave.

“I was pleased with Ginny and Ana in reference to the trap,” Dunbar said. “They worked together as a team and forced turnovers.”

By halftime, Cathedral was up 30-20 and then put the game away with a 16-5 advantage over Salem in the third quarter. Jamie Davis led the Lady Wildcats with 12 points and Sandrenka Slocum had nine points.

Cathedral (3-4) will next play in the Harrisonburg Tournament, which takes place Dec. 9-11.

Block 42, Ferriday 36

JONESVILLE — There’s a first time for everything. And on Tuesday night, Ferriday head coach Lisa Abron witnessed something occur to the Lady Trojans that has never previously happened to any team she has coached — being shut out for an entire quarter.

What had been a back-and-forth game between Ferriday and Block came to a screeching halt when the Lady Trojans failed to score even a single point in the third quarter. The Lady Bears led by 15 points by the end of that quarter, then had to hold off a fourth-quarter rally to defeat the Lady Trojans.

“Never happened to me. Ever,” Abron said. “The third quarter doomed us. No points at all in eight minutes? I don’t know what happened.”

Ferriday went to a man-to-man defense in the fourth quarter to apply pressure on Block. And despite scoring 18 points in the final eight minutes, it wasn’t enough.

Chante Poole led the Lady Trojans with a game-high 22 points. The Lady Bears were led by Desiree Savage with 19 points and Tambra Johnson with 12 points.

Ferriday (2-6) will next play at the Peabody Girls Tournament, which takes place Dec. 9-11. Block (3-2) doesn’t play again until next Tuesday at Plainview.

Monterey 51, Georgetown 48

GEORGETOWN, La. — Monterey senior Kendall Lipsey scored a game-high 15 points, including the game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer as the Lady Wolves defeated the Georgetown Lady Bulldogs Tuesday night.

The Lady Bulldogs had a 15-13 lead at the end of the first quarter and continued to maintain a slim lead at both halftime and the end of the third quarter.

Tanner Maxwell led Georgetown with 13 points while Haley Landry and Hailey Cockerham added 12 points apiece.

But with time running out and the score tied at 48-48, it was Lipsey who came through in the clutch for Monterey and kept the game from going into overtime.

Rachel Pecanty scored 11 points and Kaley Baker chipped in with eight points for Monterey (10-1). The Lady Wolves take on Grace Christian Thursday at 3:30 p.m. at the Harrisonburg Tournament.

Trinity Episcopal 54,

Prairie View 36

BASTROP, La. — In recent years, Prairie View Academy’s Lady Spartans had dominated their games with the Trinity Episcopal Lady Saints. That would not be the case this time around.

Led by Madelyn Cross’ double-double and a surprising performance from Rosie Woods, Trinity Episcopal gave Prairie View one of its worst losses in quite some time as the Lady Saints defeated the Lady Spartans by 18 points Tuesday night.

Cross finished with a game-high 17 points to go with 12 rebounds while Woods had her best game of the season as she scored 16 points and Bethany Ogden added 10 points for the No. 2 ranked team in Class A.

Trinity Episcopal (7-3) begins MAIS District 6-A action Friday when it plays at Tensas Academy at 6 p.m.

ACCS 62, Central Private 25

BAKER, La. — After a surprisingly close first quarter, Adams County Christian School’s Lady Rebels dominated the next two quarters on their way to a 37-point win over the Central Private School Lady Rebels Tuesday night.

Central Private trailed ACCS by just three points, 10-7, at the end of the first quarter. However, the Lady Rebels from Natchez took control of the game by outscoring the host Lady Rebels 19-4 in the second quarter for a 29-11 lead.

The third quarter was not much better for Central Private. Led by Abby Givens and Brandis White, ACCS outscored Central Private 21-8 for a commanding 50-19 lead. Givens led all scorers with 19 points and White had 14 points.

ACCS (9-2, 1-0) hosts Silliman in District 5-AA action Thursday at 6 p.m.

Franklin County 42,

North Pike 36

MEADVILLE — For the first time this season, the Franklin County Lady Dawgs were tested. And the second-ranked team in Class 3A overcame a sluggish first quarter to defeat a good North Pike team Tuesday night.

Even though Franklin County wasn’t able to go on a big run in the second half, it did outscore North Pike by two points in each of the final two quarters. Vintrice Briggs and Kierra Collins led the Lady Dawgs with 11 points each.

Franklin County (7-0) travels to Magnolia to take on South Pike Friday at 6 p.m.

Port Gibson 57,

Wilkinson County 44

PORT GIBSON — Had it not been for a bad second quarter, Wilkinson County would have had a chance to pull off an upset win over Port Gibson Tuesday night.

Instead, the Lady Wildcats scored just four points while the Lady Blue Waves put up 16 points to take a 31-19 halftime lead en route to the 13-point victory.

Chiacurail Hill led Port Gibson with 16 points while Rajee McDonald scored 14 points and Andreka Spiller added 13 points. Wilkinson County (0-7) was led by Linesia Palmer with a game-high 17 points and Tyeshia Harris with 16 points.

The Lady Wildcats begin Region 7-3A action Friday when they go to Liberty to take on Amite County at 6 p.m.