Prep basketball roundup: Lady Wildcats hold off Port Gibson

Published 12:03 am Sunday, February 3, 2019

PORT GIBSON — The Wilkinson County High School Lady Wildcats held off a late rally by Port Gibson High School to leave with a shocking 48-47 road win over the Lady Blue Waves Friday night in MHSAA Region 7-3A action.

Wilkinson County outscored Port Gibson in each of the first three quarters and led Port Gibson 39-30 by the end of the third quarter. But the Lady Blue Waves ratcheted up their defense in the fourth quarter, holding the Lady Wildcats to just nine points.

However, the home team scored 17 points in the final eight minutes when they actually needed either one more point to force overtime or two more points to win the game.

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Deionta Wyatt led the Lady Wildcats with 16 points and Asia Clark finished with 11 points.

Wilkinson County (4-14, 2-5) next plays at Jefferson County High School on Tuesday, Feb. 5 at 6 p.m.

Port Gibson boys 78,

Wilkinson County 48

PORT GIBSON — Thanks to a solid first half of basketball both offensively and defensively, the Port Gibson High School Blue Waves cruised to a 78-48 win over the Wilkinson County High School Wildcats Friday night in an MHSAA Region 7-3A game.

Port Gibson (13-6, 4-3) jumped out to an 18-9 lead over Wilkinson County at the end of the first quarter. Then the Blue Waves outscored 20-7 in the second quarter for a commanding 38-16 halftime advantage.

The Wildcats found their offensive rhythm in the third quarter and scored 22 points. The problem was their defense could not slow down anyone for the Blue Waves, who put up 26 points to extend their lead to 26 points.

Wilkinson County (3-16, 2-5) plays on Tuesday, Feb. 5 at 7:30 p.m. at Jefferson County High School.

Jefferson County boys split

late-week Region 7-3A games

FAYETTE — After a tough 63-54 loss on the road to the archrival Port Gibson High School Blue Waves on Thursday night, the Jefferson County High School Tigers bounced back with a home upset win over Hazlehurst High School Friday night

The Tigers’ stunning victory put an end to the Indians’ thoughts of running the table in MHSAA Region 7-3A. Hazlehurst fell to 7-13 overall and 5-1 in region play.

Jefferson County (no records given) hosts Wilkinson County High School for Senior Night on Tuesday, Feb. 5 with tip-off at 7:30 p.m.

Monterey boys 69,

Grace Christian School 27

MONTEREY — The Monterey High School Wolves took care of the Grace Christian School Warriors 69-27 Friday night to remain undefeated in LHSAA District 5-B. No other information on the game was available.

This was the Wolves’ second straight win over the Warriors in as many days. Monterey won at Grace Christian 64-29 Thursday night.

Monterey (12-6, 3-0) hosts Glenmora High School on Monday, Feb. 4 at 7 p.m.

Logansport girls 68, Block 59

JONESVILLE — The Logansport High School Lady Tigers held on for a 68-59 win over the Block High School Lady Bears Friday night to remain atop the standings in LHSAA District 3-1A.

While Logansport (15-6, 9-1) stayed in a tie with St. Mary’s High School with the win, Block (20-6, 6-3) is still comfortably in third place by itself in the district standings with three games to play.

The Lady Bears play at Montgomery High School on Monday, Feb. 4 at 6 p.m.

Vidalia boys 62, Mangham 52

MANGHAM, La. — DeMikal McCoy finished with 16 points while RayJay Ransom and Jaquan Wilson had 15 points apiece as the Vidalia High School Vikings defeated the Mangham High School Dragons 62-52 Friday night in an LHSAA District 2-2A game.

The first quarter was a back-and-forth battle and ended with Vidalia clinging to an 11-10 lead. But the second quarter is when the Vikings seized the momentum as they outscored the Dragons 19-12 for a 30-22 halftime advantage.

Vidalia made sure that Mangham (10-16, 4-6) would not get back in the game thanks to a 17-15 edge in the third quarter for a 47-37 cushion. Both teams scored 15 points in the fourth quarter.

Vidalia (12-13, 5-5) hosts Delhi Charter School on Tuesday, Feb. 5 at 7:30 p.m.

Mangham girls 61, Vidalia 37

MANGHAM, La. — The Mangham High School Lady Dragons moved into sole possession of second place in LHSAA District 2-2A after defeating the Vidalia High School Lady Vikings 61-37 Friday night.

Mangham’s win, coupled with Ferriday’s loss to Rayville High School that same night, allowed the Lady Dragons (20-5, 8-2) to take a half-game lead over the Lady Trojans in the district standings.

The Lady Dragons had three players score in double figures, led by Raci Dallas with a game-high 18 points. Zykera Webb added 11 points and Broderica Hicks poured in 10 points. And they had their way with the Lady Vikings through much of the first three quarters.

Mangham took a 14-7 lead after one quarter of play before outscoring the Lady Vikings 17-7 in the second quarter and 22-5 in the third quarter for a 53-19 lead.

With the Lady Dragons having such a big lead, they went to their bench in the fourth quarter and that allowed the Lady Vikings to outscore them 18-8.

Jamya Smith led the Lady Vikings with 15 points while Angel Heckard ended up with seven points and Kya Washington chipped in with six points.

Vidalia (4-18, 2-8) plays host to Delhi Charter School at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 5.

NATCHEZ — The Adams County Christian School Lady Rebels moved even closer to clinching the No. 1 seed in next week’s MAIS District 5-AAA Tournament and celebrated Senior Night on their home court with a 59-41 win over the Cathedral High School Lady Green Wave Friday night.

The Lady Rebels took control of this cross-town rivalry game early on and never let up. They jumped out to an 18-7 lead at the end of the first quarter and stretched their lead to 14 points, 30-16, at halftime.

Drue Boyd led ACCS with a game-high 18 points while Shelby Mason had 15 points, Marlee Magee came through with 12 points, and Danyel Weir ended up with 10 points.

“To God be the glory. First and foremost, I thank God for the opportunity to play basketball,” Lady Rebels head coach Melanie Hall said. “I’m thankful we can secure that district win and come out strong not only for our last home game, but a district game.”

As for Boyd and Magee stepping up offensively, Hall said, “Different ones at different times stepped up here and there.”

Hall added that while the Lady Rebels played well at times, they also played sloppy at times and that they need to cut down on the turnovers.

“And of course, now is the time that everything has to be sharp. We have to have the mental game as well as the physical game go hand and hand,” Hall said.

The Lady Green Wave played much better on the offensive end in the second half, but the Lady Rebels would not let them get back in the game.

Bailey Graning led the Lady Green Wave with 17 points while Ryleigh Probst and Madeline Smith added nine points each.

Even with the win, ACCS has not clinched the top seed yet. If Central Private School upset Silliman Institute Friday night, the Lady Rebels would automatically get the No. 1 seed. If not, then they cannot lose by no more than four points to the Lady Wildcats next Monday.

“We just need to take care of our business – play hard, play smart, and play together. When you do that, you have fun,” Hall said.

Cathedral (5-19, 0-5) hosts Central Private School for Senior Night on Monday, Feb. 4 at 6 p.m. ACCS (5-14, 5-0) plays at Silliman Institute on Monday, Feb. 4 with tip-off at 6 p.m.

Cathedral boys 43, ACCS 30

NATCHEZ — Sam Mosby scored 13 points and Colby Passman had 11 points as the Cathedral High School Green Wave defeated the Adams County Christian School Rebels 43-30 Friday night in an MAIS District 5-AAA game.

The Green Wave raced out to an 18-9 lead over the Rebels after one quarter of play and then kept ACCS at arms’ length the rest of the game.

Glaston Magee led the Rebels with seven points and Dawson Parker chipped in with six points.

Cathedral (7-17, 2-3) hosts Central Private School at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 4. ACCS (2-17, 1-4) visits Silliman Institute on Monday, Feb. 4 at 7:30 p.m.

Rayville girls 60, Ferriday 57

FERRIDAY — Early foul trouble and untimely costly turnovers proved to be too much for Ferriday High School as the Lady Trojans saw a potential upset turn into a excruciating loss as they fell to the Rayville High School Lady Hornets 60-57 Friday night in an LHSAA District 2-2A game.

Ferriday got off to a good start by not letting Rayville did what it did in their first meeting three weeks earlier – getting defensive rebounds that led to fast-break opportunities.

“We knew that they were pretty good in rebounding and getting out on the fast break,” Lady Trojans head coach Lisa Abron said. “That’s how they beat us the first time.”

And it looked like the game plan was going to work for the Lady Trojans as they took a 16-15 lead after one quarter of play and then outscored the Lady Hornets 12-6 in the second quarter for a 28-21 halftime lead.

However, post players Pache Poole and Tierra Spurs both had three fouls by early in the second half and that forced Abron to go to her bench. Poole ended up with 10 points and Spurs was held to eight points. One of her reserves, Aaliyah Gray, led Ferriday with 13 points. Unfortunately, that would not be enough.

“Foul trouble messed up our chemistry. Aaliyah did a great job. But the other bench players have to step up,” Abron said. “We turned it over a few times at crucial times at the end.”

Led by Jalexis Kelly and Amari West, the Lady Hornets (19-11, 10-0) outscored the Lady Trojans 17-14 in the third quarter and 22-15 in the momentum-swinging fourth quarter. Kelly led all scorers with 24 points and West finished with 16 points.

“It was a battle. We knew it was going to be rough,” Abron said. “It was a painful loss, but that’ll make us better.”

Ferriday (21-6, 8-3) plays at Beekman Charter School on Tuesday, Feb. 5 at 6 p.m.

Rayville boys 102, Ferriday 45

FERRIDAY — Kashie Natt led all scorers with 36 points and Jamarkus Wilson scored 21 points as the Rayville High School Hornets rolled to a 102-45 win over the Ferriday High School Trojans Friday night to remain undefeated in LHSAA District 2-2A.

The first quarter was a tell-tale sign of things to come for both teams. Rayville (26-6, 10-0) dominated Ferriday in pretty much every statistical category – scoring, rebounding, steals, assists, turnovers. And when the quarter was finally over, the Hornets had put up a whopping 38 points while the Trojans managed just 11 points.

The second quarter was more of the same as the Hornets outscored the Trojans 28-17 for a 66-28 halftime advantage.

Montrieze Sandage led the Trojans with 14 points and Tyron Gullage added eight points.

Ferriday (12-14, 6-5) will play at Beekman Charter School on Tuesday, Feb. 5 at 7:30 p.m.

Delta Charter girls 62, Sicily Island 11

FERRIDAY — Delta Charter School senior guard and co-captain Kierra Neal ended up with twice as many points by herself as Sicily Island High School had as a team in leading the Lady Storm to a 62-11 win over the Lady Tigers in LHSAA District 2-1A action Friday night.

Neal finished with 22 points while Shyvlie Blaney ended up with 14 points for the Lady Storm, which had a 20-6 lead after one quarter of play before shutting out the Lady Tigers 19-0 in the second quarter for a 39-6 halftime lead.

Ricarra Lewis led the Lady Tigers with six points.

Sicily Island (no records given) plays host to Cedar Creek School at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 5. Delta Charter (14-15, 7-5) next plays on Tuesday, Feb. 5 at 6 p.m. at Delhi High School.

Sicily Island boys 41, Delta Charter 27

FERRIDAY — Tyreke Tolliver led Sicily Island High School with a game-high 23 points as the Tigers overcame an early deficit to defeat the Delta Charter School Storm 41-27 Friday night in an LHSAA District 2-1A game.

Sicily Island trailed Delta Charter 8-6 after one quarter of play before taking the lead in the second quarter. The Tigers went into halftime with a 19-17 lead and then outscored the Storm 11-6 in the third quarter and 11-4 in the fourth quarter.

Nikel Brooks was the only player for the Storm to score in double figures as he wound up with 10 points.

Sicily Island (no records given) hosts Cedar Creek School on Tuesday, Feb. 5 at 7:30 p.m. Delta Charter (8-16, 3-9) plays at Delhi High School on Tuesday, Feb. 5 at 7:30 p.m.

Wingfield girls 69, Natchez High 54

JACKSON — The Natchez High School Lady Bulldogs had their best offensive output in a few weeks, but it still wasn’t enough as they lost to the Wingfield High School Lady Falcons 69-54 Friday night in an MHSAA Region 6-5A game.

The first half was pivotal in the outcome of this game as Wingfield outscored Natchez High 16-9 in the first quarter and 13-9 in the second quarter for a 29-18 advantage at the intermission.

Sade Thompson led the Lady Falcons with a game-high 24 points and Tahja Coleman had 16 points. Tremecia Proby led the Lady Bulldogs with 18 points and Rearnna Mayberry finished with a season-high 15 points.

Natchez High (11-14, 1-5) doesn’t play again until Friday, Feb. 8 when it hosts Canton High School at 6 p.m. for Senior Night.

Wingfield boys 74, Natchez High 70

JACKSON — An offensive explosion by Natchez High School in the fourth quarter was not quite enough for the Bulldogs to get over the hump as the Wingfield High School Falcons escaped with a 74-70 win Friday night in MHSAA Region 6-5A action.

Trailing 51-34 after three quarters of play, Natchez High put up a valiant effort in the fourth quarter. Led by Charles Credit, Jakel Barnes, and James Singleton, the Bulldogs scored 36 points in the final eight minutes of regulation.

However, they could not make enough stops to complete what would have been an improbable comeback as Wingfield scored 23 points.

Credit led the Bulldogs with a game-high 24 point while Barnes added 13 points and Singleton had 12 points. Damon Haynes led the Falcons with 23 points and Damarion Arrington scored 10 points.

Natchez High (12-10, 0-6) hosts Canton High School for Senior Night on Friday, Feb. 8 at 7:30 p.m.

Jefferson County girls drop two Region 7-3A games on consecutive nights

FAYETTE — The Jefferson County High School Lady Tigers lost at home to the Hazlehurst High School Lady Indians 51-26 Friday night to fall to 1-5 in MHSAA Region 7-3A.

That was the second of back-to-back losses in region play in as many days. The Lady Tigers lost to the archrival Port Gibson High School Lady Blue Waves 50-38 Thursday night on the road.

Jefferson County hosts Wilkinson County High School for Senior Night on Tuesday, Feb. 5 at 6 p.m.

Monterey girls 36, Grace Christian 28

MONTEREY — Andy Gray scored 16 points and Harlie Murray contributed with eight points as the Monterey High School Lady Wolves rallied for a 36-28 win over the Grace Christian School Lady Warriors Friday night in an LHSAA District 5-B game.

The Lady Wolves got off to a sluggish start and trailed Grace Christian 9-3 at the end of the first quarter. They went into halftime down 18-16 to the Lady Warriors before taking command thanks to a 13-2 advantage in the third quarter for a 29-20 lead.

Ryann Smith led the Lady Warriors with 10 points.

Monterey (19-6, 2-1) hosts Glenmora High School on Monday, Feb. 4 at 5:30 p.m.