Ferriday girls defeat Franklin Parish

Published 12:42 am Wednesday, December 16, 2015

WINNSBORO, La. — After a rough first quarter, the Ferriday Lady Trojans turned up the defensive intensity and got solid performances from several players in a 54-40 win over the Franklin Parish Lady Patriots Tuesday night.

Ferriday couldn’t do much right on either end of the court from the opening tip and trailed Franklin Parish 16-5 at the end of the first quarter. Between the end of the first and the beginning of the second quarter, Lady Trojans assistant coach Charles Cothern let it be known that the players needed to play better and play harder.

“We came out kind of dry. (I) don’t know what was going on,” head coach Lisa Abron said. “Charles gave them a tongue lashing more than I did. He got our guards to step it up. He told them to do what they’re supposed to do after the first quarter and they listened.”

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Did they ever. Led by Anasia Turner, Shaniqua Hillard and LaKeshanna Harris, Ferriday outscored Franklin Parish 17-11 in the second quarter to go into halftime down just five points at 27-22.

The Lady Trojans dominated the Lady Patriots on both ends of the court in both the third and fourth quarter. Ferriday outscored Franklin Parish 15-6 in the third quarter for a 37-33 lead and put the game away with a 17-7 advantage in the fourth quarter.

Turner led the way with a game-high 17 points while Hillard finished with 14 points and Harris added nine points.

“Our pressure defense got going (in the second quarter). We rely on our press. We’re getting better at using it. It worked out in our favor tonight,” Abron said.

Ferriday (3-5) next takes on Sicily Island at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Ferriday Tournament.

Monterey 50, Harrisonburg 25

MONTEREY — Sydney Woodruff led Monterey High School with a game-high 16 points and Emily Woodrum had 12 points as the Lady Wolves doubled up the Harrisonburg Lady Bulldogs 50-25 Tuesday night.

Monterey played with its own steady pace on offense and made it tough for Harrisonburg to get clean looks at the basket for the most part throughout the game. The Lady Wolves led the Lady Bulldogs 10-2 at the end of the first quarter and rolled from there.

Harrisonburg failed to reach double figures in scoring in each of the first three quarters and barely got there in the fourth quarter with 10 points. Buy the time halftime arrived, the Lady Bulldogs were down 22-11 and it only got worse out of the break as they were outscored by the Lady Wolves 12-4 to trail 34-15.

Tiffany Weeks led Harrisonburg with 10 points and Addison Edwards chipped in with six points.

Monterey (11-5) next plays at the LaSalle Tournament on Thursday at 6 p.m. against Caldwell Parish.