Girl’s basketball roundup: ACCS runs into roadblock

Published 12:03 am Saturday, February 15, 2014

MENDENHALL — The Adams County Christian School Lady Rebels had already secured a berth in next week’s MAIS Class AA State Tournament after defeating Silliman Institute on Wednesday.

Unfortunately for ACCS, it ran into a road block Friday afternoon at the Class AA South State Tournament girls’ semifinals —two-time defending South State champion Bowling Green School.

And the Lady Buccaneers had too much firepower for the Lady Rebels to try to contain as they cruised to a 66-34 win at Simpson Academy. Reagan Moody led Bowling Green with 14 points, while Ashley Foret and Christina Jarrell had 13 points each.

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“They’re a very good team, very fundamentally sound, very well-coached team and very experienced,” Lady Rebels head coach Melanie Hall said.

“They’re not No. 1 in (Class AA) by chance. When you play them, you have to bring your ‘A’ game for four quarters.”

Which was something ACCS was not able to do for much of this game. The Lady Rebels tried to stay with the Lady Buccaneers in the first quarter, but still trailed 21-14 at the end of the quarter. The second quarter ended any thoughts of an upset as Bowling Green outscored ACCS 16-6 for a 37-20 halftime lead.

Skylar Adams and Tory Laird led the Lady Rebels with nine points apiece while Jordan Petty and Ashleigh Williams had six points each.

ACCS (25-5) will take on Brookhaven Academy today at 2 p.m. in the girls’ third-place game.

Tensas Academy 45, Trinity Episcopal 30

TALLULAH, La. — After a back-and-forth first half, the Tensas Academy Lady Chiefs turned up the defensive pressure on Trinity Episcopal in the second half en route to a 45-30 win over the Lady Saints in a girls’ semifinal game at the MAIS Class A South Regional Tournament at Tallulah Academy.

District 7 No. 3 seed Trinity Episcopal stayed right with District 7 No. 1 seed Tensas Academy throughout the first half, which ended with the score tied at 21-21.

The second half was a completely different story as the Lady Saints were held to four points in the third quarter and five points in the fourth quarter while the Lady Chiefs had 10 and 14 points, respectively.

Taylor Olds led the Lady Chiefs with a game-high 15 points while Katie Irby finished with 13 points and Bailey Keyes  added 10 points. The Lady Saints were led by Tali Beard with 11 points while Marty Lewis had six points and Gabby Knight chipped in with five points.

Trinity Episcopal (10-15) will take on Tallulah Academy in the third-place game at 2 p.m. today. The winner advances to the Class A State Tournament while the loser goes home. Tensas Academy (17-12) clinched a berth in the state tournament with its win over Trinity and will face Claiborne Academy at 3:15 p.m. in the championship game.

Oak Grove 54, Ferriday 50

OAK GROVE, La. — Sha’Keria Kelly led Ferriday with 21 points, but the Lady Trojans did not quite have enough to keep up with Oak Grove in the second half and lost to the Lady Tigers 54-50 Friday night in an LHSAA District 2-2A game.

Oak Grove led Ferriday 14-10 at the end of the first quarter, but the Lady Trojans outscored the Lady Tigers 13-10 in the second quarter to make it a 24-23 game at halftime.

But Oak Grove was able to do just enough scoring in the third and fourth quarters to pull out the win.

Jada Griggs scored 14 points and D’Asia Mitchell added 10 points for Ferriday (10-12, 5-5), which will learn its postseason fate Monday.

Jefferson County 45, Franklin County 34

FAYETTE — Dionna Jackson had a game-high 18 points and Diamond Gaines added 14 points as the Jefferson County Lady Tigers defeated the Franklin County Lady Bulldogs 45-34 Friday night in MHAAA Division 7-3A action.

Jefferson County was only up 23-20 at halftime before outscoring Franklin County 9-2 in the third quarter for a 32-22 advantage. The Lady Bulldogs were led by Tadayla Hunt and Brianta O’Quinn with seven points each.

Jefferson County and Franklin County will both next play in the Division 7-3A Tournament at Crystal Springs High School and starts Tuesday.