Girls Prep Roundup: Lady Bulldogs advance to South State playoffs

Published 12:01 am Saturday, February 22, 2014

JACKSON — Wingfield High School tried to keep pace with Natchez High School in the girls’ championship game of the MHSAA Division 6-5A Tournament at Wingfield Friday night, but it was to no avail.

Rashonae Rice led the top-seeded Lady Bulldogs with 19 points and Zyaire Ewing added 14 points as they dominated the second-seeded Lady Falcons in the second quarter en route to a 79-39 win and the division championship.

The first quarter was a good one between Natchez High and Wingfield and ended with the Lady Bulldogs holding a 12-11 lead. That would be the closest the upset-minded Lady Falcons would get the rest of the game.

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The Lady Bulldogs’ defense made it tough for the Lady Falcons to not only get any open looks at the basket, but also to get the ball across half court in the second and third quarters. Natchez High outscored Wingfield 28-5 in the second quarter and 20-5 in the third quarter for a 60-21 lead. The fourth quarter was just as competitive as the first quarter was, but the outcome had already been decided.

Natchez High (22-2), will host Division 5-5A No. 2 seed West Jones at 6 p.m. Monday in the first round of the MHSAA Class 5A South State Playoffs.

Hazlehurst 48, Wilkinson County 43

CRYSTAL SPRINGS — The Wilkinson County Lady Wildcats’ comeback bid after a dismal first half fell a few points short as they lost to the Hazlehurst Lady Indians 48-43 Friday afternoon in the girls’ consolation game of the MHSAA Division 7-3A Tournament at Crystal Springs High School.

Hazlehurst, the No. 3 seed, had its way with No. 5 seed Wilkinson County throughout the first half and went into halftime with what should have been a commanding 24-7 lead. But the Lady Wildcats would not go away quietly — at least not in the fourth quarter.

Still down by 15 points at the end of three quarters, the Lady Wildcats rallied behind the play of Lineasia Palmer and Gadrieka Coton. But despite putting up 21 points in the final quarter, the Lady Indians managed to hold on even though they were held to 11 points.

Wilkinson County will play at a time to be determined Monday in the first round of the Class 3A South State Playoffs.

Block 51, Houma Christian 48

JONESVILLE — Vontresia Barber and Jazlyn Savage led Block with 13 points each as the No. 12 seed Lady Bears rallied to defeat the No. 21 seed Houma Christian Lady Warriors Friday night in the bi-district round of the LHSAA Class 1A Playoffs.

The lead changed hands several times between the two teams in this game. Houma Christian led Block 12-11 after one quarter of play, but the Lady Bears responded by outscoring the Lady Warriors 15-13 in the second quarter for a 26-25 halftime lead.

Quinesha Branch scored 10 points and Tinesha Branch added nine points for Block (17-8), which next plays at 6 p.m. Monday at No. 5 seed Arcadia in a regional round game.

Crystal Springs def. Franklin County

CRYSTAL SPRINGS — The top-seeded Crystal Springs Lady Tigers defeated the second-seeded Franklin County Lady Bulldogs Friday night to win the MHSAA Division 7-3A Tournament at Crystal Springs High School. No other information on the game was available.

Franklin County (14-12) will host the Division 8-3A No. 3 seed at a time to be determined Monday in the first round of the MHSAA Class 3A South State Playoffs.