Ferriday girls tab No. 2 seed in 2-2A tournament with win
FERRIDAY — The Ferriday High School girls basketball team secured the No. 2 spot in the LHSAA District 2-2A tournament with a 55-30 over Farmerville High School on senior night Tuesday.
“This group of five has been with me for many years, I’ve known them since they were younger,” head coach Lisa Abron said. “It was pretty special to have them all on the court tonight.”
The emotions of senior night did not get in the way of the Lady Trojans (13-12, 5-2) as they went to work. Their full court press smothered the visiting Lady Farmers, helping them to an early lead.
“We were focused tonight. We had a job to do which was secure the two-seed for the playoffs,” Abron said.
The Lady Trojans did not allow a basket until there was 2:45 remaining in the first period.
Ferriday took a 21-9 lead at the end of the first period and a 28-16 halftime lead.
The Lady Trojans’ lead was never threatened as they outscored Farmerville 17-5 in the third period. Ferriday took advantage of poor passes by Farmerville and transition the steals into easy fast break layups.
The relentless defense of coach Abron never allowed more than nine points in a period.
Seniors T’Keyah Fletcher and Chanta Poole scored 19 and 15 points, respectively.
“It was a big night for us, it was our last home district game,” Poole said. “ We want to do better in the playoffs this year than we did last year.”
Last season, the Lady Trojans were knocked out of the playoffs in the second round.
Ferriday travels to Lake Providence Wednesday for a rescheduled game.
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The Ferriday Trojans competed hard for two and a half quarters Tuesday without a senior on the roster. However, they fell to the visiting Farmers 80-61 in a game in which they never led.
The Trojans trailed by 10 at half time, 33-23, but turned it around in the third period, scoring eight points in the opening 50 seconds.
“I told them at halftime it was crucial to get some momentum,” head coach James Davis said. “Farmerville had a run of their own right after ours.”
After the 8-0 run by Ferriday, Farmerville had a 9-0 run, pushing their lead further.
The Trojans gave up too many offensive rebounds to Farmerville, resulting in second chance opportunities that the Farmers took advantage of.
“Their big men constantly move, ours just stand still,” head coach James Davis said. “You have got to move to get rebounds.”
Ferriday also gave up many fast break points to the Farmers.
“We have got to get back on defense, we have go to get better,” Davis said. “Hopefully we’ll learn from this years’ mistakes and it will translate into next year.”
Ferriday had three players score in double figures. Keyondis Washington led the Trojans with 15.