Vidalia, Natchez have tough time in holiday tournaments

Published 11:35 am Tuesday, January 2, 2024

MCCOMB — A lack of offense in the first quarter hurt Natchez High School as the MHSAA Class 5A Lady Bulldogs lost to the Class 2A and still-undefeated Bogue Chitto Attendance Center Lady Bobcats 46-36 last Friday afternoon at the McComb Christmas Tournament.

Despite the loss to one of the top teams not only in Class 2A but perhaps the entire state in Bogue Chitto, Lady Bulldogs head coach Alphaka Moore said her team held its own and could have pulled off what some would consider an upset.

“I think our kids played very well. I think we had some issues in the first half with scoring,” Moore said. “We missed a lot of shots. We missed quite a few free throws and I think that cost us the game.”

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Moore also complimented on just how good the Lady Bobcats (16-0) are even against teams from higher classifications like Natchez High.

“They’re a good team. They’re consistent with what they do and they execute well. I think they’ll be a real good team in their classifications,” Moore said.

The Lady Bulldogs fell to 12-4 overall after going 1-2 in tournament play. They return to Region 3-5A play at 6 p.m. Friday when they host Florence High School.

Bogue Chitto boys 48, Natchez High 45 (Friday afternoon)

MCCOMB — The Natchez High School Bulldogs lost a close match-up to the Bogue Chitto Attendance Center Bobcats 48-45 last Friday afternoon to finish up 1-2 at the McComb Christmas Tournament.

No other information on the game was available and efforts to reach Bulldogs head coach David Haywood for comments on Tuesday morning were unsuccessful.

Natchez High fell to 11-5 overall. The Bulldogs play host to Region 3-5A opponent Florence High School at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Richwood boys 59, Vidalia 33 (Sat. afternoon)

COLUMBIA, La. — The LHSAA Class 2A Vidalia High School Vikings lost the Class 3A Richwood High School Rams 59-33 last Saturday afternoon to go 0-3 last week at the Caldwell Parish Tournament.

Vidalia has now lost four straight games and currently sit at 8-8 overall. Efforts to reach Vikings head coach Damus Smith for comments on Tuesday morning were unsuccessful.

The Vikings played host to Caldwell Parish High School at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday while the Lady Vikings hosted Caldwell Parish at 6 p.m. Tuesday. Vidalia was scheduled to host Delta Charter School on Wednesday night, but those games have been postponed. Vidalia was then scheduled to play at Sicily Island High School this Friday night, but those games have been canceled.