Teams shake off winter weather delays to face season’s end
NATCHEZ — Cold and icy weather forced numerous games to be delayed or canceled this past week.
For the Natchez High boys, the weather forced their Friday night game against Brookhaven High School to be postponed to Saturday afternoon.
The Bulldogs lost in a heartbreaker 56-55, but assistant coach David Haywood said he doesn’t think the weather messed up his team’s rhythm too badly.
“We moved our game to Saturday, when we’d normally be practicing, but we only lost one practice day Friday,” Haywood said.
Natchez High is now 10-14 on the season, and will turn its attention to the MHSAA Region 6-6A tournament at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in Terry. The Bulldogs will face Wingfield.
“I think we’re getting a little better,” Haywood said. “I think we can still improve, and I don’t know if we’re improving at the pace we need to be, but from the beginning of the year until now, we’ve gotten better.”
Natchez High continues to rely heavily on senior Trevon Chatman’s prowess. In the loss Saturday, Chatman tallied a game-high 27 points for the Bulldogs.
“He gives us a chance to win and be in every game,” Haywood said. “He’s a really good player.
“It’s kind of hard when the majority of the scoring is coming from him, but the other guys have been giving great effort on defense. Trevon is our main offensive focus, and we try to run it through him.”
The Cathedral boys got a big win at home last Tuesday as they defeated rival St. Aloysius 67-49. Although the rivalry is big for players and fans, head coach Peter Arnold said winning all divisional games is what’s most important to him.
“All the kids at the school, they consider it their biggest rival,” Arnold said. “To me, it’s just another team from our region.
“All of them are equally important, none more than the other. I do think both teams get up for the game — it’s something passed down to them from one class to another. It’s just a natural rivalry that exists.”
Cathedral will play in the MHSAA Region 7-1A tournament at 7:30 tonight at the Mississippi School for the Deaf. The Green Wave will once again play St. Al, and Arnold said it’s do-or-die time for his team.
“(Tonight) will be huge. It’s one of those lose and go home deals,” Arnold said.
“If we win, we qualify for the postseason no matter what. If we lose, we go home. No matter what’s happened, it’s a new season starting (tonight).”