Friday prep basketball round up: Lady Vikings fall to Madison Parish on Friday

Published 12:31 am Sunday, December 30, 2018

SICILY ISLAND — With two players for Vidalia High School having fouled out, Madison Parish High School took advantage with a big fourth quarter as the Lady Jaguars pulled away for a 51-35 win over the Lady Vikings Friday afternoon at the Sicily Island Tournament.

Adriana Fountain led Madison Parish with a game-high 13 points and Alexis Mason added 11 points.

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It was obvious to anyone watching that Lady Vikings head coach Sue’Ann Easterling was not at all pleased with the officiating in this game.

“Both of our guards fouled out. We had three and four fouls on (a couple of our players) by halftime. We had 10 fouls and they had two. It just wasn’t a balanced call today,” Easterling said. “If it had been as balanced as it was (Thursday), we would have had a chance to win.”

Yet the Lady Vikings hung tough with a good Lady Jaguars team through the first three quarter. Vidalia led Madison Parish 9-5 at the end of the first quarter, but the Lady Jaguars responded with a 14-6 edge in the second quarter for a 19-15 halftime lead. The Vikings answered with a 13-10 advantage in the third quarter to cut the lead to one point, 29-28.

“We were ahead in the third quarter. They hustled really good. We played hard and I’m proud of them,” Easterling said. “We have a little work (to do) on boxing out. We have a little work (to do) on fast breaks.”

It was not only those things, but the foul trouble that hampered the Lady Vikings in the fourth quarter as they were outscored by the Lady Jaguars 22-7.

Angel Heckard led the Lady Vikings with 11 points and Jamya Smith added 10 points.

Vidalia (2-9) goes up against Tensas High School today at 5 p.m. during the third and final day of the Sicily Island Tournament.

Hattiesburg boys 76, Natchez High 71 (OT)

HATTIESBURG — A bizarre ending to regulation after a technical foul was called on Hattiesburg High School actually gave the Tigers a second chance and they took advantage in a 76-71 overtime win over the Natchez High School Bulldogs Friday night at the Hattiesburg Coca-Cola Classic Holiday Tournament.

“We hit a shot at the end of regulation to tie it,” Bulldogs head coach David Haywood said. “They were called for a technical foul that sent us to the line for two free throws.”

But instead of the free throws counting after time had ran out, the referees determined they would count for the start of overtime. So instead of Natchez High winning the game 69-68, they began overtime with that score after making one of two at the line. However, Haywood said he would not blame the officials for the loss.

“We had some opportunities to make shots down the stretch. Two really good teams. Both teams played hard. I’m so proud of my guys. They fought. They fought. They fought,” Haywood said. “They tuned everything out and played basketball.”

Hattiesburg got off to a good start and led Natchez High 24-16 after one quarter of play. But the Bulldogs responded by outscoring the host Tigers in each of the final three quarters to force overtime. However, the Tigers outscored the Bulldogs 8-3 in the extra session.

James Singleton led the Bulldogs with a game-high 36 points and Charles Credit had 18 points.

“For all the fans that came from Natchez, everyone was proud of the way we played. We tried to win first place,” Haywood said. “I think everyone back home is proud of the guys. James and Charles, offensively and defensively, played some great games. Alex (Miller), Tyreeq (Washington), and Travon (Jackson) played tenacious defense all night long.”

Cameron Brown led the Tigers with 23 points and Alex Jordan chipped in with 15 points.

Natchez High (9-3) will take on Brandon High School today at 4:30 p.m. in the boys’ third-place game.

Block girls 44, Delta Charter 42

SICILY ISLAND — Shir’Cold Bowman scored 20 points and Cintina Green had 10 points as the Block High School Lady Bears needed a fourth-quarter rally to defeat the Delta Charter School Lady Storm 44-42 Friday night at the Sicily Island Tournament.

Block led Delta Charter 27-22 at halftime, but the Lady Bears went ice cold from the field and were outscored by the Lady Storm 12-3 in the third quarter to fall behind 34-30.

The Lady Bears regained their composure and their momentum and played better defense in the fourth quarter. The result was a 14-8 advantage and the narrow come-from-behind victory.

Kierra Neal led the Lady Storm with 20 points and Cloi Cummings finished with 10 points.

Block (14-4) will take on General Trass High School today at 2 p.m. Delta Charter (7-9) faces off with Franklin Parish High School today at 1 p.m.

Laurel girls 56, Natchez High 44

HATTIESBURG — India Singleton led Laurel High School with 17 points and Kristian Edwards added 16 points as the Lady Golden Tornadoes defeated the Natchez High School Lady Bulldogs 56-44 Friday afternoon at the Hattiesburg Cola-Cola Classic Holiday Tournament.

It was also a match-up between ShaRhonda Gipson, Natchez High’s current head coach, and Alphaka Moore, Laurel’s current head coach and former Lady Bulldogs head coach who led the program to back-to-back MHSAA Class 5A state titles in the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons.

Laurel took control in the first quarter and led Natchez High 17-9 at the end of the quarter. The Lady Bulldogs cut into the lead a little bit in the second quarter, but still trailed the Lady Golden Tornadoes 30-24 at halftime.

But it was a lack of offensive production in the third quarter that proved to be costly for the Lady Bulldogs as they scored just three points and down 40-27 at quarter’s end.

Zoey Cooley chipped in with 10 points for Laurel. Candi Gray led the Lady Bulldogs with a game-high 21 points. Tremecia Proby scored eight points and Kelsey McNeal had seven points.

Natchez High (7-8) will look to end a four-game skid when it takes on Columbia High School today at 9 a.m.

Pelahatchie boys 65, Wilkinson County 58

MCCOMB — Damontaye Turnage scored 18 points and Javeious Purvis had 15 points as the Pelahatchie High School Chiefs defeated the Wilkinson County High School Wildcats 65-58 Friday morning at the McComb Invitational Tournament.

Pelahatchie jumped out to an 18-7 lead after one quarter of play and led Wilkinson County 48-33 at the end of the third quarter. The Chiefs held off a furious fourth-quarter comeback by the Wildcats to escape with the win.

LeDarrion Earls led the Wildcats with a game-high 22 points, but he was the only player for Wilkinson County to finish in double figures. Anthony Thompson added nine points while Jeffery Anderson and Freddie Byrd III had eight points each.

Wilkinson County (1-9) takes on South Pike High School today at 1:15 p.m.

Wilkinson County girls’ game vs. East Marion canceled

MCCOMB — The Wilkinson County High School Lady Wildcats were scheduled to take on the East Marion High School Lady Eagles Friday morning at the McComb Invitational Tournament.

That was until East Marion decided to pull out of the tournament, Lady Wildcats head coach Latasha Williams said. The Lady Wildcats will play their tournament opener at 11:30 a.m. Saturday when they go up against the South Pike High School Lady Eagles.

Ferriday girls 79, Tensas High 23

SICILY ISLAND — Zaniya Curry finished with a game-high 19 points and Pacha Poole had 16 points as the Ferriday High School Lady Trojans annihilated the Tensas High School Lady Panthers 79-23 Friday afternoon at the Sicily Island Tournament.

The first half was as good as it could get for Ferriday and an absolute nightmare for Tensas High. The Lady Trojans raced out to a 17-4 lead after one quarter of play and then put the game completely out of reach with a dominating 31-6 advantage in the second quarter to go into halftime with a 48-10 lead.

SheKayla Miller added 14 points and ShaKeyla McCray chipped with 10 points for the Lady Trojans.

Ferriday (11-4) resumes play in the Sicily Island Tournament today when it take on Madison Parish High School at 4 p.m.

Sterlington boys 65, Ferriday 52

STERLINGTON, La. — The Sterlington High School Panthers defeated the Ferriday High School Trojans 65-52 Friday night at the Sterlington Tournament. No other information on the game was available.

Ferriday (6-10) hosts Delhi Charter School on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. in an LHSAA District 2-2A game.