Prep girls roundups: Laird, ACCS top C. Hinds

Published 12:02 am Wednesday, January 8, 2014

NATCHEZ — Tory Laird led Adams County Christian School with a game-high 17 points as the Lady Rebels defeated the Central Hinds Academy Lady Cougars 44-25 Tuesday night in an MAIS District 5-AA game.

Central Hinds went toe to toe with ACCS in the first quarter and was only down 9-8 at the end of that quarter. Unlike their win last Friday night against Brookhaven Academy, the Lady Rebels would not allow the Lady Cougars to hang around in this game.

ACCS played better and more aggressive defense over the next two quarters and that turned to be the turning point of the game. The Lady Rebels outscored the Lady Cougars 13-5 in the second quarter for a 22-13 halftime lead and 18-5 in the third quarter for a commanding 40-18 advantage.

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Several players for the Lady Rebels had solid performances. Jordan Petty had seven points to go with seven rebounds. Ashleigh Williams scored six points and Rachel House added five points. No one for Central Hinds scored in double figures. The Lady Cougars were led by Mary Beth Hale with seven points.

ACCS (15-3, 3-0) hosts District 5-AA opponent Prentiss Christian School at 6 p.m. Friday.

Tensas Academy 44, Trinity Episcopal 37

ST. JOSEPH — Taylor Olds led a balanced scoring attack for Tensas Academy with 10 points as the Lady Chiefs defeated the Trinity Episcopal Lady Saints 44-37 in MAIS District 7-A action Tuesday night.

Hali Matthews and Madison Keyes chipped in with nine points apiece for Tensas Academy, which jumped out to a 17-10 lead over Trinity Episcopal after one quarter of play and held on from there

Sloane Young led the Lady Saints with a game-high 18 points and Marty Lewis finished with nine points.

Trinity Episcopal (4-10, 0-1) next plays at 6 p.m. Thursday at Parklane Academy. Tensas Academy takes on District 7-A rival Franklin Academy Friday at 6 p.m.

Natchez High 42, McComb 23

MCCOMB — Zyaire Ewing ended up with a game-high 13 points as Natchez High’s swarming defense held McComb High School to eight points over the first three quarters in the Lady Bulldogs’ 42-23 win over the Lady Tigers Tuesday night.

The outcome could have been a lot more lopsided had the Lady Bulldogs shot the ball better. The first quarter ended with them leading the Lady Tigers 12-2 and by halftime Natchez High had a 27-6 lead.

McComb was held to just two points in the third quarter, but Natchez High scored only six points and had a 33-8 lead heading into the fourth quarter. Kiana Jones had seven points and Jhanasia Dent added five points for the Lady Bulldogs.

Natchez High (12-2) returns to MHSAA Division 6-5A action at 6 p.m. Friday when it hosts Brookhaven High School.

Ferriday 63, Sicily Island 18

SICILY ISLAND — D’Asia Mitchell led Ferriday with a game-high 22 points as the Lady Trojans rolled to a 63-18 win over the Sicily Island Lady Tigers Tuesday night.

It did not take long for Ferriday to pull away from Sicily Island. Led by Mitchell and Jada Griggs, as well as a smothering defense, the Lady Trojans jumped out to a double-digit lead in the first quarter and led the Lady Tigers 20-3 at the end of the quarter.

Things worsened for Sicily Island in the second quarter as it failed to score a single point while Ferriday scored 23 points for a 43-3 halftime lead.

Griggs finished with 15 points for the Lady Trojans. Sicily Island was led by Janisha Smith with five points.

Ferriday (5-8) opens up LHSAA District 2-2A play at 6 p.m. Friday at Sterlington.

Port Gibson 63, Jefferson County 51

FAYETTE — Reagan Tinner led four Port Gibson players in double figures with a game-high 17 points as the Lady Blue Waves defeated the Jefferson County Lady Tigers 63-51 Tuesday night.

Jaquita McCay and Justina Ratliff scored 12 points each and JNitra Ratliff poured in 11 points for Port Gibson, which led Jefferson County 15-8 after one quarter of play and continued to add to its lead throughout the next two quarters.

The Lady Blue Waves took a 50-30 lead into the fourth quarter. The Lady Tigers did manage to outscore them 21-13 in the fourth quarter, but the 20-point deficit was too big to overcome. Jefferson County was led by Dionna Jackson with 13 points and Diamond Smith with 11 points.

Jefferson County (8-7) begins MHSAA Division 7-3A play at 6 p.m. Friday at Wesson.

Atlanta 49, Monterey 41

MONTEREY — Despite getting 10 points each from Carli Scott and Karlee Woodruff, the Monterey Lady Wolves lost to the Atlanta (La.) Lady Bulldogs 49-41 Tuesday night.

Monterey led Atlanta 14-11 after one quarter of play, but the Lady Bulldogs responded by outscoring the Lady Wolves in each of the final three quarters. The game was tied at 23-23 at halftime before Atlanta doubled up Monterey 12-6 in the third quarter to take the lead for good.

Monterey (10-9) doesn’t play again until next Tuesday at 6 p.m. when it plays host to Calvin.