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At the buzzer: Ferriday beaten by Madison as time expires

Ferriday High School’s Jada Griggs passes the ball around Madison High School’s ZaTerrica Williams Monday night at the Sicily Island Holiday Tournament. Griggs led Ferriday with 22 points in the game. (Ben Hillyer / The Natchez Democrat)

Ferriday High School’s Jada Griggs passes the ball around Madison High School’s ZaTerrica Williams Monday night at the Sicily Island Holiday Tournament. Griggs led Ferriday with 22 points in the game. (Ben Hillyer / The Natchez Democrat)

With their starting point guard, Jada Griggs, back on the floor, and after jumping out to a 13-0 lead against Madison, things appeared to be heading in the right direction for the Ferriday Lady Trojans.

Ferriday led by double-digits for a majority of the game, but late in the fourth quarter, the Lady Trojans began falling apart, and Madison was able to rally back and steal a victory on a game-winning layup as time expired, 66-65.

“This is going to be a good learning experience for us,” Ferriday head coach Lisa Abron said. “They didn’t listen to me at the end. I gave them specific instructions on what to do, and they didn’t follow through on that. You’ve got to be coachable in this game.”

Griggs, who was returning from an ankle injury, led the Lady Trojans with 22 points, Kesia Mason added 14, while Lakeshanna Harris chipped in with 10 points.

“She is still not 100 percent,” Abron said of Griggs. “I could see her limping throughout the game, but I kept asking her if she was OK, and she said she was fine. I noticed she was kind of tired, so those three games she sat out, probably put her behind. But overall, I think she did pretty good.”

Madison began making their run with a little more than five minutes left in the game. A basket here, a basket there — the Lady Jaguars hung around. But Griggs could only answer so many times for Ferriday, and eventually the Lady Jaguars were able to push through, with a big reason being their play in the post, where they had the William’s twins score a combined 34 points.

“We had worked on a 2-3 zone,” Abron said. “If they got out of our press, we were supposed to lay back in the zone and try to double up the two big girls, but we didn’t do that. We kind of got away from it. When fatigue sets in, they have a tendency to forget things.”

Abron said she and her team acknowledge the fact they still have things to work on, but they are going to put the loss behind them.

“The last thing I told them was that this was water under the bridge, and we have to move on,” Abron said. “We have to use it as a learning experience, because we’ve got to get ready for district.”

Ferriday will resume play at noon today against Sicily Island.