Griffin, Williams lead NHS boys over St. Stanislaus

Published 12:01 am Saturday, December 29, 2012

GULFPORT — Led by De’Arius Griffin and JaDarrius Williams, the Natchez High Bulldogs defeated the St. Stanislaus Rock-a-Chaws 61-46 Friday afternoon in a losers’ bracket game at the Gulfport Hardwood Classic held at Gulfport High School.

Griffin was the leading scorer for Natchez High with 17 points and Williams was right behind him with 16 points. Gary Woods also finished in double figures as he poured in 11 points for the Bulldogs.

With the exception of both teams scoring 18 points in the second quarter, the Bulldogs were too much for the Rock-a-Chaws. Natchez High got off to a good start in the first quarter and led St. Stanislaus 20-13 at the end of that quarter. The Bulldogs were then able to hold on to their seven-point lead at halftime.

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Both teams struggled to do anything offensively in the third quarter, yet Natchez High still managed to outscore St. Stanislaus 8-5 to take a 46-36 lead. The Bulldogs put the game away with a 15-10 advantage in the fourth quarter.

Natchez High improved to 7-7 on the season and will take on Madison Central in the fifth-place game today at 4:30 p.m.

Northwood-Lena 61, Vidalia 58 (OT)

SICILY ISLAND, La. — Michael Laysard finished with a game-high 29 points as the Northwood-Lena Gators rallied in the fourth quarter to force overtime and then outscored Vidalia 9-6 in the extra session to defeat the Vikings Friday afternoon at the Sicily Island Tournament.

Vidalia seemed to have control of the game with a 42-35 lead at the end of the third quarter. But once again, the Vikings allowed an opponent to rally in the fourth quarter. This time it was the Gators, who outscored the Vikings 17-10 to tie the score at 52-52 and send the game into overtime.

Julius Wilson led the Vikings with 21 points and Isiah Thompson chipped in with 11 points. Vidalia (1-13) finishes up tournament play today at 5 p.m. against Tensas Parish.

CENLA Christian 66, Trinity Episcopal 63 (OT)

RAYVILLE, La. — Kyland Joiner led all scorers with 21 points and LaMontrell Goudeau had 12 points as the CENLA Christian Academy Lions upset the Trinity Episcopal Saints Friday night at the Riverfield Academy Tournament.

CENLA Christian got off to as good of a start as possible against the No. 4 team in Class AA and led Trinity 22-11 at the end of the first quarter. But it didn’t take long for that 11-point lead to go away. The Saints outscored the Lions 14-6 in the second quarter and 15-12 in the third quarter to tie the score at 40-40.

Both teams had their chances to win the ball game in regulation, but the game went into overtime tied at 55-55. There the Lions held on by outscoring the Saints 11-8.

Trinity got a double-double from Dre McCoy as he scored 17 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Tommy McCoy led the Saints in scoring with 18 points and Tanner Cage had 16 points. However, the Saints were just 7-for-23 from the free-throw line.

Next up for Trinity Episcopal (8-3) is a home game against Prairie View Academy next Friday.

Ferriday 88, Tensas Parish 71

SICILY ISLAND, La. — Quavion Ellis scored 31 points to lead Ferriday as the Trojans defeated the Tensas Parish Panthers Friday night at the Sicily Island Tournament. No other information on the game was available.

Ferriday (5-9) will take on Northwood-Lena today at 12:30 p.m.

Brookhaven Academy 54, ACCS 39

BROOKHAVEN — Peyton Hood and Gage Posey scored 12 points each as the Brookhaven Academy Cougars defeated the Adams County Christian School Rebels Friday night to advance to the boys’ finals of the Brookhaven Academy Holiday Invitational.

Even though Brookhaven Academy didn’t run away with this game like it did in Thursday’s 70-22 win over Wilkinson County Christian Academy, the Cougars did outscore ACCS in each of the four quarters.

Tyler Stockstill led the Rebels with 10 points and Trey Fleming chipped in with eight points. ACCS (4-9) next plays at Cathedral on next Friday.