Prep boys roundups: Trinity defeats Tallulah
NATCHEZ — After giving up 14 points to Tallulah Academy in the first quarter, the Trinity Episcopal boys’ defense stepped up big for the Saints.
The result was an 80-29 win Friday night to finish undefeated in MAIS District 6-A.
Four players for Trinity ended up in double figures. Kent King scored a game-high 16 points while Tip McKenzie had 13 points, Givonni Dent added 11 points and Kevin Brown chipped in with 10 points as the Saints, ranked No. 3 in Class A, improved to 19-4 overall and finished 8-0 in district play.
Tallulah Academy was led by Cody Petty with nine points and Jake Busby with eight points.
Trinity Episcopal hosts Brookhaven Academy this afternoon.
Block 45, LaSalle 21
JONESVILLE, La. — Trevor Vault led a balanced scoring attack for Block with 11 points as the Bears rolled past the LaSalle Tigers Friday night to remain unbeaten in District 3-1A.
Even though Vault was the only player for either team to finish in double figures, he was one of five players to score at least six points for Block. While the Bears did struggle from the field in the first quarter, they didn’t allow LaSalle to make a single shot and the Tigers’ only point in the opening quarter was from the free-throw line.
Block (9-8, 4-0) pulled away from LaSalle (6-12, 0-4) in the second and third quarters and took a 35-12 lead at the end of three quarters. Ben Beckley led the Tigers with seven points.
Block will be on the road next Tuesday night when it takes on Tensas High.
Jim Hill 72, Natchez High 66
JACKSON — Natchez High scored 48 points in the second half, but a cold-shooting first half proved to be a little too much to overcome as the Bulldogs lost to the Jim Hill Tigers in Division 6-6A action Friday night.
Trevon Chatman scored 19 points, Quincy Washington had 15 points and Derrian Johnson added 13 points for Natchez High. That was the good news. The problem was the Bulldogs were ice cold from the field in the first half and found themselves trailing Jim Hill at halftime 37-18.
Natchez High fell to 9-12 overall and finished 1-5 in division play, making it the No. 4 seed in next month’s division tournament. The Bulldogs play at Jefferson County today.
Tensas Academy 75, Briarfield 53
ST. JOSEPH, La. — Blaine Fletcher scored a game-high 22 points and Josh Sikes added 21 points to lead four Tensas Academy players in double figures as the Chiefs finally won their first game of the season.
It didn’t like that was going to happen the way the first quarter went. Briarfield Academy got off to a blazing start on its way to a 25-13 lead at the end of the quarter. After that, however, the Rebels cooled down in this MAIS District 6-A game Friday night.
And while Briarfield was going one way, Tensas Academy was going the other way. The Chiefs outscored the Rebels 18-11 in the second half, yet they still trailed 36-31 at halftime. The Chiefs kept their momentum going during the second half and there was very little the Rebels could do about it.
Tensas Academy took the lead during the third quarter and led 51-45 at the end of the quarter. The Chiefs continued to put the pressure on the Rebels in the fourth quarter and ended up outscoring them 24-8 for the 22-point victory.
Ferrell Keahey and Jake Emfinger scored 12 points apiece for Tensas Academy, which looks to extend its winning streak to two in a row when it hosts Franklin Academy next Monday.