ACCS, Trinity girls’ teams pick up wins

Published 12:02 am Wednesday, November 11, 2015

NATCHEZ — Four players led Adams County Christian School in scoring as the Lady Rebels jumped out to a big lead and went on to defeat the Oak Forest Academy Lady Yellow Jackets 43-32 Tuesday night.

Bailey Boyd, Anna McDaniel, Jordan Petty and Ashleigh Williams each finished with nine points for ACCS. Mackenzie Boyd chipped in with six points for the Lady Rebels.

“As I always say, in victory or in defeat, to God be the glory. Any day you get to play basketball, it’s a good day,” Lady Rebels head coach Melanie Hall said.

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And ACCS got off to a really good start thanks to its tenacious defense, which forced Oak Forest to either turn the ball over or take contested shots that did not fall for the Lady Yellow Jackets.

The result was a 16-4 lead for the Lady Rebels by the end of the first quarter. The second quarter was better for Oak Forest, but it was still outscored by ACCS 10-8 and trailed at halftime 26-12.

“Since I’ve been back here, this is the most depth we’ve had,” Hall said. “I saw some positives and some things that need to be worked on.”

Led by Ashlee Rae Stafford, the Lady Yellow Jackets managed to outscore the Lady Rebels 20-17 in the second half, but the 14-point halftime deficit was too much to overcome. Stafford finished with a game-high 11 points.

“It’s a matter of getting our rotations down and working together as a unit. When we do that, we’re going to have a lot of fun,” Hall said.

ACCS (2-1) next plays at 6 p.m. Thursday at Wilkinson County Christian Academy.

Trinity Episcopal 60, Wilkinson County 52

NATCHEZ — Dionna Jackson finished with a game-high 25 points as the Trinity Episcopal Lady Saints withstood a fourth-quarter comeback attempt by Wilkinson County High School to defeat the Lady Wildcats 60-52 Tuesday night.

Jasmine Ivory added 13 points, and D’Asia Mitchell chipped in with nine points for the Lady Saints, which improved to 3-0 on the season.

Trinity Episcopal held Wilkinson County to single-digit scoring in the first quarter and led 13-7 by the end of the quarter. The MAIS Class AA Lady Saints continued to add to their lead in the second and third quarters.

When halftime arrived, the home team had a 29-17 advantage over the MHSAA Class 3A Lady Wildcats. And when the third quarter was over, Trinity was leading Wilkinson County 43-27. But the visitors would not go away quietly.

GaDrieka Cotton and Sharicka Franklin finally got shots to fall as the Lady Wildcats tried their best to rally from such a big deficit. Both players led Wilkinson County with 16 points. But even with a 25-point effort in the fourth quarter, the Lady Wildcats could not make nearly enough stops on defense as the Lady Saints scored 17 points.

Wilkinson County (0-2) hosts Natchez High Tuesday.. Trinity Episcopal will play its next game on Saturday, Nov. 21 at University Academy of CENLA.