NHS girls pull away late for win

Published 12:53 am Wednesday, December 22, 2010

MONTICELLO — It may not be the prettiest thing in the world, but the Natchez High Lady Bulldogs keep finding ways to win basketball games.

Natchez did it again on Tuesday night, as they pulled away in the fourth quarter to defeat Lawrence County 59-49.

The Lady Bulldogs improved their record to 11-1 with the victory.

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The game was close throughout, as Natchez led 25-22 at halftime and took a 42-40 lead into the fourth quarter.

However, the Lady Bulldogs outscored Lawrence County 17-9 in the final eight minutes to pull away and take the victory.

Ricarla Shotwell led Natchez with 17 points while Rebecca Minor and Kierra Johnson both scored 10 points and Ashley Minor chipped in nine.

Lawrence County was led by T. Griffin with 20 points.

Natchez will next play in the Pepsi Tournament at Jackson State University. The Lady Bulldogs will open the tournament at 10 a.m. on Dec. 28 against Bailey Magnet.

Natchez High boys 66,

Lawrence County 37

MONTICELLO — The Natchez High Bulldogs got a much-needed easy victory Tuesday night, as they jumped out to a big lead and coasted to a 66-37 win over Lawrence County.

The Bulldogs led 22-10 after one quarter and sported a 49-19 lead at halftime.

Natchez took its foot off the gas in the second half, and gave some younger players a chance to play in the blowout.

The Bulldogs were led by Trevon Chatman with 22 points and Jonathan Griffin and Rashun Bates, who both scored 10.

David Haynes led Lawrence County with 12 points.

Natchez improved its record to 5-7 with the victory and will next play on Dec. 27 in the Sunkist Shootout in Lafayette, La.

Madison Parish girls 55, Ferriday 47

TALLULAH, La. — All it took was one bad quarter for the Ferriday Lady Trojans to suffer a loss to Madison Parish on Tuesday night.

Ferriday outscored Madison Parish by four points in the first, third and fourth quarters, but were outscored 19-7 in the third quarter, and that was the difference in a 55-47 loss.

Ferriday led 9-8 after the first quarter, but trailed 27-16 at halftime thanks to the bad second quarter.

Both teams scored 14 points in the third quarter before Ferriday outscored Madison Parish 17-14 in the fourth quarter. However, it wasn’t enough for the Lady Trojans to avoid dropping to 5-10 on the season.

Ferriday was led by Chanté Poole with 26 points and T’Keyah Fletcher with 12.

Malik Barnes led Madison Parish with 23 points while Kateri McWright scored 11 and Jessica Hawkins chipped in with 10.