Cathedral splits with cross-town rival ACCS on Green Wave’s Senior Night

Published 1:08 pm Friday, January 21, 2022

NATCHEZ — DK McGruder and E’Darius “Big E” Green each recorded double-doubles for the Adams County Christian School Rebels in a 68-33 win over the Cathedral High School Green Wave last Thursday night in an MAIS District 3-5A game.

The match-up between district as well as cross-town rivals was anything but a back-and-forth showdown during Senior Night at the Roy Garcia Sr. Gym. For the sixth game in a row, ACCS held its opponent to under 10 points in the first quarter and led Cathedral 15-5 by the quarter’s end.

“We continued our streak of single-digit (defense) first quarters,” Rebels head coach Matthew Freeman said. “They only scored five points.”

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The second quarter was the most competitive of the four between ACCS and Cathedral. The Rebels outscored the Green Wave 21-15 to take a 36-20 lead into halftime.

“Samuel Merriett stepped up and hit a couple of big 3-pointers for us in the first half,” Freeman said.

The Rebels continued to add to their lead in the second half. They outscored the Green Wave 14-6 in the third quarter and 18-6 in the fourth quarter.

With four players scoring in double figures for ACCS, Freeman said he was glad to see the wealth spread around in that fashion instead of just one or two players doing the majority of the scoring. He added that that makes it much tougher for opponents to defend the Rebels.

“Whenever we’re able to spread the scoring around, it makes us tough to guard,” Freeman said. “It gets everyone involved.”

McGruder led the Rebels with 16 points and 14 rebounds while Green finished with 10 points and 12 rebounds. Jamar Kaho Jr. scored 12 points and Tiqi Griffin poured in 11 points. 

“DK had a big game for us. Jamar also had a good game for us,” Freeman said. “E’Darius “Big E” Green had a big game for us on both ends of the court. Offensive rebounding, defensive rebounding, scoring under the goal.”

Kaden Batieste led Cathedral with a game-high 18 points and Christian Wright added seven points.

ACCS (19-4, 7-0) played at district foe Copiah Academy at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Cathedral (no records available) had a couple of district games to round out the week. The Green Wave played at St. Joe Madison Friday at 7:30 before hosting Central Hinds Academy Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

Cathedral girls 37, ACCS 30

NATCHEZ — The Cathedral High School Lady Green Wave held on for a 37-30 win over the cross-town and MAIS District 3-5A rival Adams County Christian School Lady Rebels during Cathedral High’s Senior Night last Thursday night.

With point guard Maddie Verucchi out of town on a trip, Lady Green Wave head coach Bernita Dunbar had to move Huddy Lees to the post and Lauren Dunbar to the point. The move paid off as Lees led them in scoring with 11 points and came up with some big rebounds.

“She rebounded the ball real well,” coach Dunbar said. “Huddy was able to provide that extra help that we needed in rebounding and putting the ball back up on the offensive rebound.”

Cate Drane finished with eight points and Bella Milligan contributed with eight points for Cathedral.

“Bella Milligan stepped up for us. We missed some easy ones, but she played well on the offensive boards as well,” Dunbar said.

Dunbar added that the Lady Green Wave continues to play as a team and are relying on each other. She also said that her team was able to spread the ball around so it can have multiple players score, noting that everyone who played scored.

As for the team’s defensive effort, Dunbar said, “I was pleased with them defensively. We didn’t move as well as we could have, which led to us getting in foul trouble early. I was pleased that we were able to overcome that, but we should have kept them off the foul line. That stops the clock, too.”

Even with the early foul trouble, Cathedral led ACCS 11-6 after one quarter of play. The second quarter proved to be the real difference as the Lady Green Wave outscored the Lady Rebels 16-9 for a 27-15 halftime lead. After each team scored four points in the third quarter, ACCS tried to put up a late-game comeback, but an 11-6 advantage in the fourth quarter was not enough.

McKenzie Campbell led ACCS with a game-high 13 points while Georgia Martin finished with seven points and Maddie Campbell chipped in with six points.

Despite the loss, Lady Rebels head coach Richy Spears said he was pleased with the effort that they showed against a good Lady Green Wave team.

“They competed hard. We had some opportunities,” Spears said. “The fans say it’s getting a little better. But we made too many mistakes. You can’t keep making the same mistakes. As long as we’re hustling and make mistakes, I can live with that. When we’re not hustling and make the same mistakes, I can’t.”

ACCS (4-14, 1-6) hit the road to take on district opponent Copiah Academy at 6 p.m. Friday. Cathedral (8-11, 4-2) took on St. Joe Madison on the road in a district match-up at 6 p.m. Friday before playing host to Central Hinds Academy in another key district contest at 6 p.m. Saturday.