ACCS, Vidalia roll in tourneys

Published 12:01 am Tuesday, December 30, 2014

SICILY ISLAND — Bre’Honor Harris led the Vidalia High School Lady Vikings with a game-high 16 points as they defeated the Sicily Island High School Lady Tigers 53-28 Monday afternoon at the Sicily Island High Tournament.

Tierra Bell and Taylor Wilson also finished in double figures for Vidalia with 11 points each. The Lady Vikings also played some tough defense that kept Sicily Island frustrated for much of the game.

“The kids did real good. Played good team ball,” Lady Vikings head coach Fred Marsalis said. “It was a good win after the (Christmas) holiday. We had nine players because one of our players was ill. All nine got in the game. It was a good team game.”

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The only point Sicily Island scored in the first quarter was a free throw, and the Lady Tigers trailed the Lady Vikings 13-1 at the end of the quarter. Even though the home team tried to get back in the game in the second quarter, the Lady Tigers went into halftime down 23-10.

“Bre’Honor and Tierra had good games. Taylor Wilson had a good scoring game,” Marsalis said.

Kalin Phillips led Sicily Island with nine points, while Tanesha Williams had seven points and Aniyah Brown scored six points.

The Lady Vikings made sure that Sicily Island would not rally in the second half. They outscored the Lady tigers 11-7 in the third quarter and 19-11 in the fourth quarter.

Vidalia (5-5) takes on Madison Parish at 4 p.m. today during Day 2 of the Sicily Island High Tournament.

ACCS girls 69, Manchester Academy 36

CANTON — Anna McDaniel led Adams County Christian School with a game-high 15 points while Skylar Adams and Jordan Petty had 13 points apiece as the Lady Rebels defeated the Manchester Academy Lady Mavericks 69-36 Monday afternoon at the Canton Academy Christmas Holiday Shootout.

ACCS dominated Manchester Academy on both ends of the court throughout the first three quarters. By the time the first quarter was over, the Lady Rebels had a commanding 29-12 advantage. And when halftime arrived, they led the Lady Mavericks 47-22.

“In victory or defeat, to God be the glory. Tonight our defense led to a lot of easy offensive opportunities. Everybody got to play good minutes, and that’s always great,” Lady Rebels head coach Melanie Hall said. “The girls complimented each other with their play. It was a total team effort. We had all but player to score.”

The third quarter was more of the same as the Lady Rebels outscored the Lady Mavericks 16-7 for a 63-29 lead. Anna Ragland led Manchester Academy with 12 points and Kaylin Lloyd added 10 points.

“It was nice to play at Canton because that’s where state is going to be for (MAIS Class) AA and we got to play a couple of teams from the north that we don’t see in the regular season,” Hall said.

ACCS (14-2) will next play at noon Friday against Jackson Academy at the Jackson Prep Tournament in Jackson.

Vidalia boys 58, Sicily Island 55

SICILY ISLAND — Four players scored in double figures for the Vidalia Vikings, led by Julius Wilson with 14 points and Desmond Bindon with 13 points, as they used a third-quarter rally to defeat the Sicily Island Tigers 58-55 Monday afternoon at the Sicily Island High Tournament.

There were three key factors in this game that allowed Vidalia to get the win: balanced scoring, some big defensive rebounds in the third quarter and holding Sicily Island’s Larry Plummer below his average for the season.

“We pretty much played decent defense on Plummer. He still got 21, but that’s well below his average,” head coach Robert Sanders said. “Our rebounding improved from what it had been over the first two quarters. When we have three or four players score in double figures, we play a better game,”

Vidalia jumped out to a 13-8 lead over Sicily Island after one quarter of play, but the Tigers responded by outscoring the Vikings 16-11 in the second quarter, and the game was tied at 24-24 at the half. Then, the Vikings retook the momentum in the third quarter and that resulted in a 44-40 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

“We were a little more patient (in the third quarter). We just played our basic 1-2-2 defense and limited them to one shot,” Sanders said.

Demarco Brown and Overton Lewis added 11 points each for the Vikings. Jamison Tolliver finished with 14 points, and Ryan Mason had 10 points for the Tigers.

Vidalia (8-4) returns to action at the Sicily Island High Tournament at 6:40 p.m. today against Madison Parish.

ACCS boys 72, Manchester Academy 38

CANTON — Brody Cole led all scorers with 20 points and Devin Spear had 16 points as the Adams County Christian School Rebels defeated the Manchester Academy Mavericks 72-38 Monday afternoon at the Canton Academy Christmas Holiday Shootout.

Brandon Brooks and Tyler Stockstill had eight points each for ACCS, which jumped out to a 34-10 lead over Manchester Academy after one quarter of play and never looked back.

“We got off to a quick start. We were able to pressure and speed them up with the defense,” Rebels head coach Richy Spears said. “We had some threes in the first quarter. We finished in transitions. We got it inside and kicked it back out for the threes. We were executing (our game plan).”

The Rebels then outscored the Mavericks 22-8 in the second quarter to take a 56-18 lead into halftime. With the second unit in for ACCS in the second half, the Mavericks were able to outscore the Rebels 20-17, but it was not nearly enough.

ACCS (10-1) takes on Jackson Academy at 1:15 p.m. Friday at the Jackson Prep Tournament.

Natchez High girls 57, Hattiesburg 54 (OT)

HATTIESBURG — Natchez High School saw a double-digit lead at halftime go away in the second half, but the top-ranked team in MHSAA Class 5A were able to persevere in overtime as the Lady Bulldogs defeated the Class 6A Hattiesburg Lady Tigers 57-54 Monday night at the Hattiesburg Coca-Cola Holiday Tournament.

“It was a close game. We led at halftime by 11 points. They came back because we got in foul trouble,” Lady Bulldogs head coach Alphaka Moore said. “Rashonae Rice fouled out early in the fourth quarter. Zyaire Ewing had four fouls.”

Even with that, Natchez High showed the poise of a defending state champion. Ernesha Chatman stepped up for the Lady Bulldogs and Skylar Morgan made two pivotal free throws late that allowed them to take the lead for good in the overtime period.

Natchez High (10-0) will take on Brandon High School in the girls’ championship game of the Hattiesburg Coca-Cola Holiday Tournament at 3 p.m. today.

Franklin Parish girls 65, Block 45

SICILY ISLAND — Despite the efforts of Vontresia Barber and Ke’Aira Collins, the Block High School Lady Bears lost to the Franklin Parish High School Lady Patriots 65-45 Monday afternoon at the Sicily Island High Tournament.

Barber led Block with 13 points and Collins added 11 points. Unfortunately, the Lady Bears got off to a slow start and were never able to recover. It did not help them that the Lady Patriots scored 19 points in both the third and fourth quarters and kept adding to their lead after halftime.