Natchez High readies for tourney

Published 12:08 am Monday, February 6, 2012

ROD GUAJARDO/The Natchez Democrat — Natchez High School’s Quincey Washington drives to the basket past defenders during the second half of Saturday’s game against Wilkinson County. Natchez High won the game and plans to take the momentum into a Region 6-6A tournament this week.

NATCHEZ — After a 73-43 win against Wilkinson County High School Saturday, Natchez High School will turn its attention to the Region 6-6A tournament Tuesday.

NHS will take on tournament host Forest Hill at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, and NHS assistant coach David Haywood said his team’s defense and rebounding will be the keys to win the tournament opener.

“Every time we played them, we held them to their lowest scoring output of all the teams in our region,” Haywood said.

“We were up by 10 to 15 points last time, and they ended up coming back and winning. We missed free throws and didn’t execute plays. It’s going to be a battle, especially since it’s the playoffs.”

Cathedral High School

A convincing 66-32 win against Bogue Chitto High School seemed almost lost in the confusion of an attempted theft Friday night at Cathedral High School.

Several Bogue Chitto boys players reportedly sneaked into the Cathedral girls’ locker room during their game against the Lady Bobcats and stole four cell phones and more than $100 in cash.

The belongings were eventually returned, and no charges were filed. After the Cathedral girls won 46-45, there were questions as to whether the Cathedral boys would even play a game on senior night, the final home game of the regular season.

The game was eventually played, and two Bogue Chitto boys players sat out. Cathedral head coach Peter Arnold said he was glad his seniors got to have a game on a night they were honored by the Cathedral family.

“We’re a senior-oriented team, and we have seven seniors, so senior night is always a special night,” Arnold said. “(The seniors) did what they were supposed to do: be motivated and get the rest motivated, and they went out and led the team.”

Not all was well for Cathedral after the game, however. Senior Jamon Gray got cut above his eye, forcing him to have stiches put in. Daniel Huffines, also a senior, turned his ankle in the first quarter.

Gray was able to come back into the game eventually, and Arnold said he’s expected to play in the Region 7-1A tournament Tuesday. Huffines, though, is listed as questionable for that game.

“He’s a tough kid, so when he has to come out, there’s usually a good reason,” Arnold said.

Cathedral will play Bogue Chitto Tuesday in the first round of the tournament at Cathedral.

Vidalia High School

The Vikings’ defense led the way Friday night against Buckeye High School, as Vidalia improved to 10-17 overall, 3-5 in District 3-3A.

Vidalia boys coach Robert Sanders called the win ugly, and said there were several things his team needed to improve upon, including free throw shooting, which Sanders said was poor in the fourth quarter.

“Free throws continue to be a problem, even though we work on them every day,” Sanders said.

“Hopefully we can learn not to make the same mistakes and to push the ball when we have opportunities, and not just walk the ball up the floor.”

Vidalia will host Marksville Tuesday.