Natchez High girls drop tourney to Laurel High

Published 12:01 am Tuesday, February 19, 2019

RAYVILLE, La. — Rayville High School’s Amari West may be just a freshman, but she plays like an upperclassman. Once again, Ferriday High School found out the hard way just how good she is.

West, who is a combination guard and post player, led all scorers with 28 points as the No. 8 seed Lady Hornets eliminated the No. 9 seed and District 2-2A rival Lady Trojans from the LHSAA Class 2A Playoffs with a 58-47 win Monday night in the regional round.

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“Defensively, we played good. We just didn’t have an answer for West,” Lady Trojans head coach Lisa Abron said. “We put multiple defenses against her. She had an awesome game. Other than stopping West, we had a tremendous defensive game.”

What also hurt Ferriday was a lack of offense by some of its best players. She’Kayla Miller scored just 10 points while Tierra Spurs had eight points and Pacha Poole was held to six points. Diamond Johnson ended up being the top scorer for the Lady Trojans with 15 points.

“Offensively, we couldn’t get anything going. They were just standing around waiting for something to happen,” Abron said. “Our main scorers and our post players just couldn’t get anything going offensively. We looked very fatigued for much of the game. I don’t if it was we were off today or what it was.”

Rayville (23-12) jumped out to a 15-9 lead at the end of the first quarter and took a 33-26 lead into halftime. Just like in the first quarter, Ferriday struggled to get shots to fall in the third quarter and was outscored by the Lady Hornets 13-8 to fall behind 46-34.

West was the only player for the Lady Hornets to score in double figures. Mykiya Wilson ended up with nine points and Edberly Minnieweather added six points.

“Rayville is tough. They always give us problems. We just didn’t bring it tonight,” Abron said.

Ferriday finished with an overall record of 22-7.

“We had an incredible season. Wish we could’ve gone farther,” Abron said.

East Iberville girls 32, Delta Charter 30

ST. GABRIEL, La. — Delta Charter School had a golden opportunity to pull off the biggest upset of the LHSAA Class 1A Playoffs Monday night. Tied at 30-30 with 10 seconds left and possession of the ball.

But after getting the ball inbounds, the Lady Storm turned the ball over on East Iberville High School’s end of the court, the results was a lay-up with two seconds left to give the Lady Tigers a 32-30 regional round victory.

Even though No. 1 seed East Iberville improved to 31-4 and advanced to the quarterfinals, Delta Charter head coach Ronald Ellis said the Lady Tigers didn’t play like a typical top seed.

“They wouldn’t finish any higher than fifth in our district (District 2-1A),” Ellis said. “We beat ourselves. We missed 12 free throws. The other team didn’t even go to the line but five times. They hit two jump shots the whole game. We gambled on defense. We went for a steal and they would lay it up.”

The Lady Tigers led the Lady Storm 11-6 after one quarter of play, but Delta Charter responded with a 7-3 advantage in the second quarter to go into halftime down just one point, 14-13. Both teams scored 11 points in the third quarter and it remained close through the entirety of the fourth quarter.

Kierra Neal led the Lady Storm with a game-high 14 points and Tierra Jefferson had six points. But Shyvlie Blaney and Cloi Cummings were held in check and finished with five points each. Even though Sydney Watts didn’t score, she impacted the game in other ways with at least 12 blocked shots and 10 rebounds.

Ty’Quencia Mosby was the leading scorer for the Lady Tigers with eight points and Doretha Dixon chipped in with seven points.

“We had every chance to win the game. But we missed too many free throws. And we were in the double bonus,” Ellis said.

Delta Charter ended up with an overall record of 15-18.

Laurel girls 68, Natchez High 49

LAUREL — Kristian Edwards with a game-high 24 points to lead the Region 5 No. 2 seed Laurel High School Lady Golden Tornadoes to a 68-49 win over the Region 6 No. 3 seed Natchez High School Lady Bulldogs Monday night in the first round of the MHSAA Class 5A State Tournament.

The second quarter proved to be huge for Laurel as it scored 22 points while holding Natchez High to just 12 points to go into halftime with a 35-20 lead. Even though the third and fourth quarters were more competitive, the Lady Golden Tornadoes outscored the Lady Bulldogs by two points in each quarter.

India Singleton and Bevery Tillman contributed with 12 points each for Laurel.

Kelsey McNeal led the Lady Bulldogs with 13 points and Tremecial Proby finished with 12 points.

The Lady Bulldogs finished 12-17 overall.

Anacoco girls 71, Monterey 27

ANACOCO, La. — Payton Miller led No. 2 seed Anacoco High School with 16 points and Cally Hooks had 13 points as the Lady Indians cruised to a 71-27 win over the No. 15 seed Monterey High School Lady Wolves Monday night in the regional round of the LHSAA Class B Playoffs.

Anacoco (26-1) took control of the game early and never let up. The Lady Indians raced out to a 21-7 lead by the end of the first quarter and put the game away with a 28-9 advantage over Monterey in the second quarter for a commanding 49-16 halftime lead.

Andy Gray led the Lady Wolves with a game-high 17 points, but only three of her teammates found their way into the scoring column. Allie Lipsey had six points, Sarah Gray added three points, and Maddie Green scored one point.

Monterey ended up with an overall record of 21-9.