Natchez falls to Picayune in Thanksgiving tourney

Published 12:01 am Sunday, November 25, 2018

PICAYUNE — The Natchez High School Lady Bulldogs came up just short in their attempt to win the girls’ championship of the Picayune High School Thanksgiving Tournament as they lost to the host Picayune Lady Maroon Tide 33-32 last Tuesday afternoon.

Natchez High led Picayune 10-7 after one quarter of play. Both teams scored eight points in the second quarter, giving the Lady Bulldogs an 18-15 halftime lead. However, the Lady Maroon Tide’s defense took over in the third quarter and its offense did just enough to allow them to outscore the Lady Bulldogs 6-3 to make it a 21-21 game heading into the fourth quarter.

Each team kind of regained their offensive rhythm in the final eight minutes, but Picayune outscored Natchez High 12-11 to take the win.

Aja Carter and Candi Gray led the Lady Bulldogs with eight points each while Kelvonda Arbuthnot made the all-tournament team. Camille Culpepper led the Lady Maroon Tide with a game-high 11 points and Deniyah Freeman added eight points.

Natchez High (2-2) next plays at Vidalia High School at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Ferriday 69, C.E. Byrd 23

MARKSVILLE — Pacha Poole finished with a game-high 17 points and Diamond Johnson had 14 points to lead four Ferriday High School players in double figures as the LHSAA Class 2A Lady Trojans defeated the Class 5A C.E. Byrd Lady Yellow Jackets 69-23 last Tuesday morning to go undefeated in their two games at the Marksville High School Tournament.

Shekayla Miller chipped in with 13 points and Tierra Spurs added 11 points for Ferriday, which held C.E. Byrd to single-digit scoring in three of the four quarters. The Lady Trojans outscored the Lady Yellow Jackets 21-1 in the second quarter for a 37-7 halftime lead and finished off the game with an 18-1 advantage in the fourth quarter.

The third quarter was the only one in which C.E. Byrd outscored Ferriday, but only by one point, 15-14.

Ferriday (3-1) will hit the road to Jonesville to take on Block High School Tuesday at 6 p.m.

Columbia Academy 56, ACCS 36

BROOKHAVEN — Lauren Rowley, a 6-2 senior shooting guard for Columbia Academy, ended up with a game-high 21 points as the Lady Cougars defeated the Adams County Christian School Lady Rebels 66-36 last Tuesday afternoon at the Brookhaven Academy Tournament.

Leading 12-5 at the end of the first quarter, Columbia Academy pulled away from ACCS with a 19-9 advantage in the second quarter for a 31-14 halftime lead. The Lady Cougars scored 21 points in the third quarter while holding the Lady Rebels to just nine points for a commanding 52-23 lead.

ACCS outscored Columbia Academy 13-4 in the fourth quarter, but it was not nearly enough. Danyel Weir was the only Lady Rebel to score in double figures as she made four 3-pointers on her way to an 18-point performance.

ACCS (0-2) plays host to Centreville Academy Tuesday at 6 p.m.