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Tale of 2 teams: Cathedral boys struggle against Monterey, girls get victory

Cathedral High School’s Wyatt Boothe drives to the basket against Monterey High School Friday. Cathedral lost the game 44-33. Boothe led the Green Wave with seven points. (Sam Gause / The Natchez Democrat)

Cathedral High School’s Wyatt Boothe drives to the basket against Monterey High School Friday. Cathedral lost the game 44-33. Boothe led the Green Wave with seven points. (Sam Gause / The Natchez Democrat)

A two-point second quarter doomed the Cathedral Green Wave as they fell 44-33 against Monterey Friday.

“It was horrible, it was absolutely horrible,” Cathedral head coach Peter Arnold said. “We didn’t have any guys on our team shooting with any confidence, so they just stayed in a 2-3 zone. We’re not hitting any shots, and we are hesitant to shoot the shots. From late in the first quarter on, it was difficult to even watch.”

Cathedral held a three-point lead after the first quarter, but the wheels fell off in the second as the Green Wave failed to hit a shot from the field, and was only able to convert on two free throws.

“I about broke the chalkboard in the back,” Arnold said. “I told them at half, we missed about five shots from about three feet from the basket, and we are five or six inches taller than most of the players they have on the floor.”

No Cathedral player scored in double-figures. Wyatt Boothe led the way with seven points, and R.J. Givens added six.

Kade Passman led Monterey with 14 points, and teammate Jake Cooper posted 11.

The road doesn’t get any easier for Cathedral, who will face Pelahatchie to open district play Tuesday.

“We’ve got the most important district game of the year, in my opinion, on Tuesday,” Arnold said. “Pelahatchie is probably the favorite in the district. Somewhere, between now and Tuesday, we’ve got to get confidence. Kids have short term memories, and you can go from cold to hot quick, and that is what I’m hoping for.”

Cathedral (girls) 42, Monterey 29

Physicality was the name of the game in the Cathedral Lady Green Wave’s 42-29 victory against Monterey Friday night.

Bodies were banging in the paint and both teams were racking up fouls as the game progressed, but the Lady Wave were able to make some adjustments after halftime and pull away from the Lady Wolves.

“It was very physical,” Cathedral head coach Randy Smith said. “We were reaching in the first half, and in the second half, we didn’t reach as much and it made a big difference. McKenzie Milligan was in foul trouble in the first half, so we saved her for the second, and she was the difference maker.”

McKenzie Watts paced the Lady Wave offense with 14 points, and Elizabeth Smith added 10 points of her own in the win.

The game was tight most of the way, with Monterey hanging around for a majority of the contest. However, Cathedral was able to run away in the fourth quarter to capture the win.