Prep basketball roundups: Ferriday girls let one slip away in loss to Lady Tigers

Published 12:02 am Thursday, February 6, 2014

FERRIDAY — The Ferriday High School Lady Trojans saw a golden opportunity to upset Jonesboro-Hodge High School slip through their fingers in the fourth quarter as the Lady Tigers escaped with a 78-71 win Wednesday night in a key LHSAA District 2-2A game for both teams.

Even though Jonesboro-Hodge scored at least 20 points in each of the final three quarters, Ferriday head coach Lisa Abron said her team played good defense throughout the game. However, it was two other factors that proved to be the difference.

“A lot of turnovers. Costly turnovers right at the end,” Abron said. We had J-Hodge until the end. They’re the No. 1 team in our district and we wanted to beat them. We played through every mistake.”

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Abron added that she felt like this young Lady Trojans team grew up in that they didn’t get down and they did a good job of keeping their composure.

“They played hard, and I couldn’t ask for anything more,” Abron said.

Ferriday got off to as good of a start as one could get against a team as good as Jonesboro-Hodge and had a 24-13 lead at the end of the first quarter. The Lady Tigers got back in the game by outscoring the Lady Trojans 22-18 in the second quarter to make it a 42-35 game at halftime. The Lady Tigers then had a 23-15 advantage in the third quarter for a 58-57 lead.

The Lady Tigers then hit a big 3-pointer with under 2:00 to go in the ball game and went to stalling the ball with about a minute and a half remaining, which forced the Lady Trojans to foul them. And as Abron pointed out, when that happened, the Lady Tigers made their free throws.

Ferriday next plays at Jonesboro-Hodge at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11. Their game at Oak Grove has been moved to Friday, Feb. 14.

Cathedral girls 46, MSD 31

JACKSON — Elizabeth Smith led a balanced scoring attack for Cathedral School with 11 points as the Lady Green Wave defeated the Mississippi School for the Deaf Lady Bulldogs 46-31 in MHSAA Division 7-1A action Wednesday night.

Akua Kumi and McKenzie Milligan had eight points each while Natalie Fletcher and Caroline Smith chipped in with six points each for Cathedral, which jumped out to a 19-8 lead after one quarter of play and then led MSD 35-15 at halftime.

The one bright spot for the Lady Bulldogs was Kylisha Cathey, who led all scorers with 18 points.

Cathedral (11-9, 4-5) plays host to Pelahatchie at 6 p.m. Friday.

Jonesboro-Hodge boys 51, Ferriday 46

FERRIDAY — Ferriday High School wasn’t quite able to overcome its first-half struggles from the field as the Trojans lost to the Jonesboro-Hodge High School Tigers 51-46 Wednesday night in an LHSAA District 2-2A game.

Ferriday was held to just three points in the first quarter, scored only six points in the second quarter and trailed Jonesboro-Hodge 24-9 at halftime. The Trojans cut the lead to six points, 37-31, after outscoring the Tigers 22-13 in the third quarter. But the home team couldn’t keep that kind of momentum going in the fourth quarter as Ferriday only managed to outscore Jonesboro-Hodge 15-14.

William Scott led the Trojans with a game-high 12 points and Ronald Davis added eight points.

Ferriday (N/A, 2-6) next plays at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Jonesboro-Hodge.

Cathedral boys 62, MSD 37

JACKSON — Cathedral jumped out to a 16-2 lead after the first quarter and never looked back as it won handily against the Mississippi School for the Deaf Wednesday in an MHSAA Division 7-1A game.

Ishmael Blackmon was the only double-digit scorer for the Green Wave, which led 28-14 at intermission.

Cathedral (9-10, 6-3) will host Pelahatchie at 7:30 p.m. Friday.