Natchez, Trinity girls struggle through adversity, move on

Published 12:09 am Monday, January 17, 2011

NATCHEZ — When the Natchez High School Lady Bulldogs bounced back from a 63-32 loss to Lanier Tuesday with a 54-40 win against Wingfield Friday, they snapped a two-game losing skid.

The Lady Bulldogs improved to 14-4 on the season, 3-2 in regional play, and hopefully started a new streak, coach Sue Johnson said.

A stifling defense was the main key to Natchez High’s win against Wingfield, but it also helped having all of their starters back.

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“Sometimes when children are bad, you have to put them in time out,” Johnson said.

“We put two of our starters in time out. We felt they weren’t giving us 100 percent. But we bounced back (with the win against Wingfield).”

With Robert Lewis Middle School’s season over, Johnson called up Rashonae Rice to the varsity squad. She saw some minutes Friday night, scoring four points for the Lady Bulldogs.

“She stepped up and gave our post players a break,” Johnson said.

The Lady Bulldogs will travel to Jefferson County Tuesday.

Trinity Episcopal

The first few minutes of the Trinity Episcopal girls’ Tuesday’s game against Tensas Academy drew frustration from head coach Richy Spears, and in Saturday’s loss to Bowling Green the emotion wasn’t any better.

Tuesday in the first five and half minutes, the Lady Saints managed just six points. However, a strong defensive effort by Trinity kept Tensas Academy at bay, and when the offense finally woke up, the game became lopsided quickly.

“That’s just what we think the most about,” Trinity girls Spears said.

“I feel like if you play sound defense, you’ll always be in the game. That’s just how I feel. Intensity comes if you’re playing defense, no matter how slow you are on offense.

If you’re playing good defense, you’re going to be intense. That’s why we play man and not zone.”

Tensas Academy scored just six points in the first quarter, and tallied just four points in each remaining quarter. After a big lead mounting, Spears subbed in his backups — and there wasn’t really any letdown defensively.

“When my subs have to go against the starters in practice, that’s going to get them ready for whenever they do go in the game,” Spears said.

“Having to guard them every day in practice helps with that. We’re intense in practice, too. I holler as much them in practice as I do in the game. I just don’t want there to be drop off.”

Saturday, Spears frustration was back as the girls lost 51-41 to Bowling Green. A sluggish offense and a usually-defense just didn’t click, Spears said.

Trinity will play at Briarfield Tuesday.