Ferriday girls win, boys lose to Sterlington Friday
FERRIDAY — The Lady Trojans survived a scare Friday night as Chanta Poole made a game-winning shot with 2.4 seconds left to give Ferriday a 46-45 win.
Ferriday surrendered a 9-point fourth quarter lead to the Sterlington Lady Panthers who trailed the entire game until 25 seconds remained.
Sterlington lived off of free throws. They were in the double bonus throughout the fourth quarter, sending the Panthers to the line to shoot two with every foul.
Keatrice Brown, for Ferriday, fouled out in the fourth.
After tying the game with three minutes to play, the Lady Panthers let the Lady Trojans pull away from them again. Sterlington trailed by 5 with 51.6 seconds, but managed to take the lead with two consecutive and-one shots converted.
After a Trojan time out, with 25 seconds on the clock, Chanta Poole held the ball just past half court as the clock ticked down. She drove the lane and made a spinning jump shot as she was fouled to give Ferriday a one-point lead. Poole then missed the following free throw that was rebounded by Sterlington. However, a desperation shot was never attempted, giving Ferriday the win.
Poole finished the game with 11 points and T’Keyah Fletcher had 14.
Ferriday boys 56
A 31-point first period was the beginning of Ferriday’s troubles Friday night as the Trojans fell to the Sterlington Panthers 92-56.
The visiting Panthers shot excellently and rarely made mistakes with the basketball. In the first period, the Panthers seemed on fire as they dropped 31 points, rarely missing a shot.
“They had some good shooters, but we weren’t defending the way we should,” head coach James Davis said.
Matt Allred for Sterlington led the game with 31 points, rarely missing a shot. Allred also came away with many fast break layups, something the Trojans had a hard time stopping.
Allred and the Panthers ran the floor against the Trojans all night, never slowing the game down.
“That was the big difference, they didn’t slow down at all,” Davis said. “They made so many easy layups.”
The Trojans also struggled with shooting. They did not make a three-pointer all night and missed many mid-range shots.
“We didn’t shoot well, but regardless of shooting, you got to make stops on defense, and we didn’t do that,” Davis said. “We didn’t rebound well either.”
Four players for Sterlington managed double-digit scores; Ferriday’s highest scoring player was Ted’Rai Gullage who scored 16.
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