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Prep Basketball Roundup: Rebels rally to upset Cougars

By PATRICK JONES and By PATRICK MURPHY

NATCHEZ — Adams County Christian School’s varsity boys’ basketball team played a rough first half and found itself staring at an eight-point halftime deficit at home to Brookhaven Academy last Friday night.

But instead of folding the tent, the Rebels responded with a huge third quarter to take the lead and eventually stunned the Cougars 55-51 in overtime at the Bob Ulmer Gym in a key MAIS District 4-4A game for both teams.

Had Brookhaven Academy had a higher-scoring first quarter itself, the Cougars more than likely would have won the game and stayed right with Oak Forest Academy in the district standings. The Cougars scored 10 points and were ahead by just two points, 10-8, at the end of the quarter.

It appeared that the Rebels were on their way to a possible blowout loss after they were held to five points in the second quarter and trailed the Cougars 21-13 at halftime. That was until ACCS turned its offense up a few notches.

Led by Vic Lassiter and Josh Credit, ACCS got right back in the game by putting up 21 points in the third quarter while holding Brookhaven Academy to 12 points for a 34-33 lead. But the Cougars would outscore the Rebels 13-12 in the fourth quarter to send the game into overtime tied at 46-46 despite two 3-pointers by Wes Stockstill, who had nine points.

The Rebels outscored the Cougars nine to five in the four-minute extra session for the thrilling upset win. Lassiter led ACCS (12-8, 4-3) with 14 points while Credit had 12 points and JD Granger also poured in nine points.

The Rebels travel to Amite, La. to take on Oak Forest Academy today at 7:30 p.m. in their final district game of the season.

Natchez High boys 64, Wingfield 60 (Friday)

NATCHEZ — Kedarius Stampley led Natchez High School with a game-high 24 points as the Bulldogs pulled away in the fourth quarter for a 64-60 win over the Wingfield High School Falcons Friday night in MHSAA Region 6-5A action.

The first half was a back-and-forth affair between the two teams as Natchez High jumped out to a 19-10 lead at the end of the first quarter before Wingfield responded with a 20-13 advantage in the second quarter to go into halftime trailing by just two points, 32-30.

The Falcons carried their momentum from the second quarter over to the third quarter as they outscored the Bulldogs 16-7 for a 46-39 lead. Yet the Bulldogs answered in a big way themselves by scoring 25 points in the fourth quarter while holding the Falcons to just 14 points.

James Singleton finished with 13 points for Natchez High (15-9, 3-3) while Dionte Thomas had 10 points and Camron Bailey added nine points. Damarion Arrington led Wingfield (18-8, 4-2) with 14 points and Deonta Griffin chipped in with 12 points.

The Bulldogs will finish up their regular season on Friday when they play at Canton High School at 7:30 p.m.

Cathedral boys 49, Silliman Institute 28 (Friday)

NATCHEZ — JC Harris had a game-high 14 points for Cathedral High School and JT Taylor made a pair of 3-pointers on his way to a 13-point performance as the Green Wave defeated the Silliman Institute Wildcats 49-28 last Friday night in an MAIS District 4-4A game.

Neither team could get into a rhythm offensively in the first quarter, which ended with Cathedral holding a 7-2 lead. The Green Wave started to pull away in the second quarter and led Silliman 20-11 at halftime.

The third quarter was the key to the Green Wave’s blowout win as it outscored the Wildcats 14-6 for a commanding 34-17 lead. Silliman’s only double-figure quarter was the fourth quarter, and yet the Wildcats were still outscored 15-11.

Kaden Batieste and Trey Gill each scored eight points for Cathedral (12-14, 2-5) with Gill knocking down one 3-pointer. The Green Wave play at Brookhaven Academy in its district finale on Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

Monterey boys 46, University Academy 29

ALEXANDRIA, La. —The Monterey High Wolves boys basketball extended their winning streak to six games with a 46-29 road victory over District 6-B foe in University Academy on Friday.

The game started out pretty well for the Wolves with a 12-2 first quarter score.  As a whole, the Wolves scored double-digits in three quarters, except for in the third quarter where the Wolves scored six points. Monterey High’s defense came up huge as the Wolves managed to keep the Lions from scoring double digits in only two quarters. Monterey Head Coach Eric Richard said the Wolves played well on both sides of the ball, but the defense stuck out the most.

“I thought defensively we were pretty good but we might have fouled a bit too much and give them opportunities to go to the free throw line,” Richard said. “Overall, I thought we played well. It’s always good to win road games during district play.”

Trey Boyd led the Wolves with 17 points, eight rebounds and a shot 50% from the free-throw line. Ethan Clark was second on the team with 11 points, five rebounds and a 50% from the three-point line. Sequan Norman led the Lions with 10 points and Tyjuarr Mix finished second on the squad with five points.

Trey Boyd led the Wolves with 17 points and was 50% from the free throw line against the University Academy Lions.

Monterey High (21-5) steps out of LHSAA District 6-B play with a road game against their rival Harrisonburg High School Bulldogs. Last season, the two teams squared off and the Wolves came away with a 55-49 win over the Bulldogs. Richard said this is a big rivalry game between Monterey and Harrisonburg.

“It’s always been a rivalry since I was around as head coach,” Richard said. “We need to continue to play well. It’s not about who we’re playing. It’s about for us to continue to improve and try to play our best basketball at this time of the year. It’s always tough going up there playing against them.”

The game starts at 7 p.m. today at Harrisonburg High School.

Monterey girls 37, University Academy 57

ALEXANDRIA, La — Behind a 21 first quarter, the University Academy Lady Lions came away with a 57-37 victory over the Monterey High School Lady Wolves on Friday night in district play.

The Lady Lions kept the Lady Wolves to only two double-digit point totals in all four quarters. Lady Wolves Head Coach Cary Shively said the Lady Wolves attempted to come back after the first quarter.

“In the fourth quarter, we cut their lead to nine points,” Shively said. “We had to play catch up but we ran out of gas.”

Andy Gray led the Lady Wolves with 16 points followed by Allie Lipsey with nine points. Five other Lady Wolves scored in the game with Kayleigh Mount scoring four points. Monterey High could not keep University Academy off the boards with the Lady Lions scoring double-digit point totals in all four quarters. The most was scored in the first quarter with 21 points and the second highest was  13 points in the second quarter.

For today’s game against Harrisonburg Lady Bulldogs, Shively said the Lady Wolves are focusing on running their offense against both half-court trap and zone defenses.

Monterey High Lady Wolves will play at 6 p.m. today against their rival Harrisonburg Lady Bulldogs at Harrisonburg High School.

Ferriday girls 50, Madison Parish 15 (Friday)

TALLULAH, La. — Tierra Spurs led all scorers with 14 points and Shekayla Miller had 13 points as the Ferriday High School Lady Trojans cruised to a 50-15 win over the Madison Parish High School Lady Jaguars last Friday night to stay undefeated in LHSAA District 2-2A.

The first and third quarters were dominated by Ferriday on both ends of the court. It was so bad for Madison Parish in the first quarter that the Lady Jaguars failed to score a single point and trailed 19-0 at the end of the quarter.

However, the Lady Trojans stumbled offensively in the second quarter and were not able to put the game away as both teams scored seven points, giving the home team a 26-7 lead at the half. The third quarter, on the other hand, was a different story as Ferriday (19-3, 10-0) scored 22 points while Madison Parish had a mere five points.

The Lady Trojans will be on the road today when the play at district foe Rayville High School.

Brookhaven Academy girls 47, ACCS 29 (Friday)

NATCHEZ — A rough second quarter on the offensive end brought to a close any thoughts of the Adams County Christian School Lady Rebels pulling off an upset over Brookhaven Academy as the Lady Cougars prevailed 47-29 last Friday night in an MAIS District 4-4A game.

Led by Halle Peterman and Drue Boyd, ACCS jumped out to a surprising 11-9 lead over Brookhaven Academy at the end of the first quarter. Unfortunately, the Lady Rebels struggled mightily in the second quarter and scored just two points over those eight minutes to go into halftime down 19-13.

The Lady Rebels still had a chance to win the game after being outscored by just one point, 10-9, in the third quarter for a 29-22 deficit. But the Lady Cougars made sure that would not happen as they put up 18 points while holding the Lady Rebels to seven points.

Peterman led ACCS (2-18, 1-6) with 12 points while Boyd made two 3-pointers and finished with 10 points. The Lady Rebels travel to Amite, La. to take on Oak Forest Academy today at 6 p.m.

Silliman Institute girls 44, Cathedral 12 (Friday)

NATCHEZ — Silliman Institute junior guard Kaylan Peterson scored more points by herself than Cathedral High School had as a team as the Lady Wildcats cruised to a 44-12 win over the Lady Green Wave last Friday night in an MAIS District 4-4A game.

Peterson finished with a game-high 16 points for Silliman, which had a 15-5 lead over Cathedral by the end of the first quarter and never looked back. The Lady Wildcats showed no mercy in the third quarter as they scored 19 points while shutting out the Lady Green Wave for a comfortable 41-7 lead.

Bella Milligan led Cathedral (11-15, 1-6) with three points. The Lady Green Wave next play at district opponent Brookhaven Academy Thursday at 6 p.m.