Prep girls roundups: Natchez High girls beat Terry 72-42
TERRY — The Natchez High Lady Bulldogs overcame a rough first quarter to defeat the Terry Lady Bulldogs 72-42 Tuesday night in the first round of the MHSAA Division 6-6A Tournament at Terry High School.
Natchez High, the No. 2 seed and the fourth-ranked team in Class 6A, scored just eight points in the first quarter and found itself down by six points to third-seeded Terry. Then the visiting Lady Bulldogs asserted themselves in the second quarter and ended up outscoring the host Lady Bulldogs 25-13 to take a 33-27 lead into halftime.
It only got worse for Terry in the third quarter as far getting shots to fall is concerned. Natchez High’s defense put even more pressure on its opponents and that in turn led to Terry scoring just nine points. For the second quarter in a row, Natchez High put up 25 points for a commanding 58-36 lead and the rout was on.
Ashley Minor led Natchez High (19-5) with a game-high 22 points while Ricarla Shotwell had her best scoring output in several games with 13 points and Rebecca Minor finished with 11 points.
Terry was led by Kai Johnson with 14 points and Ashley Gresham with 10 points.
Natchez High will take on top-seeded Jim Hill, the No. 1 team in Class 6A, Friday at 6 p.m. in the girls’ championship game.
Rapides 52, Monterey 38
MONTEREY, La. — Fredricka Warren and Tineshia Blue combined to score 41 of Rapides’ 52 points as the Lady Mustangs remained undefeated in District 6-B with a 14-point win over the Monterey Lady Wolves Tuesday night.
Warren led all scorers with 21 points and Blue was right behind her with 20 points for Rapides (20-11, 8-0), which actually had to rally from a one-point deficit at the end of the third quarter after controlling the pace of the game throughout the first half.
Monterey was held to single-digit scoring in each of the first two quarters — seven points in the first quarter and eight in the second — and it was a wonder the Lady Wolves didn’t trail by more than five points at halftime. Yet in the third quarter they took the momentum away from Rapides in a big way.
Led by Ellen Bairnsfather and Kendall Lipsey, Monterey outscored Rapides 17-11 to take a 32-31 lead. But any thoughts of the Lady Wolves giving the Lady Mustangs their first loss in District 6-B ended quickly in the fourth quarter. Rapides put 21 points in the final eight minutes while Monterey (22-5, 5-4) managed just six points.
Monterey hosts Oak Hill in its home, district and regular-season finale Friday night. Even with a win, the Lady Wolves will still finish in third place in its district behind Rapides and Glenmora.
Wilkinson County 48,
HAZLEHURST — Tyesha Harris scored 17 points and Melesia Slack had 11 points as the Wilkinson County Lady Wildcats took care of the Tylertown Lady Chiefs Tuesday night in the first round of the MHSAA Region 7-3A Tournament at Hazlehurst High School.
Wilkinson County, the No. 3 seed, took control of this game not long after tahe opening tip and sixth-seeded Tylertown didn’t have a chance. By the time the first quarter was over, the Lady Wildcats led 16-2. Once halftime arrived they had a 26-6 lead.
Alisha Fortenberry led Tylertown with six points.
The Lady Wildcats advanced to the girls’ semifinals with the win and will take on No. 2 seed Amite County Thursday at 7 p.m.
Central Hinds 42,
COLUMBIA — The Centreville Academy Lady Tigers were looking to continue their late-season momentum going at the MAIS Class AA South State Tournament being held at Columbia Academy.
But the Central Hinds Academy Lady Cougars had other ideas as they pulled off the first upset of the tournament by stunning the Lady Tigers Tuesday night in an opening-round match-up to end their season much earlier than they expected to happen.
The key to the Lady Cougars’ victory was the third quarter as they scored 20 points while holding a good Centreville team to just seven points. This after Central Hinds, the No. 4 seed out of District 4-AA managed to score just 14 points the entire first half.
Centreville, the No. 3 seed from District 5-AA, was led by Renee Miley with 14 points and Katie Berry with 10 points. Jordan Fisher led Central Hinds with a game-high 16 points.
Avoyelles 91, Vidalia 25
MOREAUVILLE, La. — Markisha Johnson scored more points by herself than Vidalia did as a team as her 28 points helped the Avoyelles Lady Mustangs roll past the Lady Vikings in District 3-3A action Tuesday night.
Three other players scored in double figures for Avoyelles. Keonta Nelson finished with 17 points while India Marbs added 15 points and Kourtney Magee chipped in with 14 points.
Vidalia was led by Kisha Swanson with 13 points. The Lady Vikings play at Buckeye today.
Riverdale Academy 55,
Tensas Academy 8
RAYVILLE, La. — Melissa Savell had a game-high 15 points and Taylor Giddings added 14 points as the third-ranked Riverdale Academy Lady Rebels defeated the Tensas Academy Lady Chiefs Tuesday afternoon in the first round of the MAIS Class A South State Tournament at Riverfield Academy.
Riverdale Academy, the District 7-A champion, dominated the first three quarters en route to the easy win. The Lady Rebels jumped to a 22-4 lead over Tensas Academy after one quarter of play and then led the Lady Chiefs 41-6 at halftime.