Wesson boys, Raleigh girls, North Pike teams in finals
WESSON — The host Wesson Cobras meet the North Pike Jaguarstonight at 8:30 p.m. in the championship game of the WessonInvitational Tournament.
In the girls title matchup, the Raleigh Lionettes square offagainst North Pike at 7.
In the consolation games, the Wesson girls meet Loyd Star at 4and the Natchez Cathedral Green Wave meet the Dexter Bulldogs at5:30.
In Thursday’s winners bracket, the Wesson girls lost to NorthPike 51-42 in overtime, the North Pike boys ran over Dexter 76-62and the Raleigh girls blew away Loyd Star 68-42. Losers’ bracketaction saw the Cathedral boys dump Enterprise 71-57 and theCathedral girls slip past Dexter 59-56.
North Pike 51, Wesson 42 (OT)
When it counted, the North Pike girls made their free throws.Wesson sophomore guard Perry K. Furr scored her 10th point of thegame at the 2:53 mark in the four-minute overtime to give the LadyCobras a 42-41 lead. Wesson would not score the remainder of thegame.
The 8-5 Lady Jags went 8 of 9 from free-throw line followingFurr’s basket to secure the 51-42 victory and advance to thechampionship game.
North Pike’s top scorer, Catrena Ratcliff, was a perfect 6-for-6in the final three minutes and finished the game with 15points.
“It was a tough win for us tonight,” said North Pike coach KeithRuss following the OT win. “Some of our girls stepped it uptonight.”
The game was tied 40-all at the end of regulation. North Pikeoutrebounded Wesson 43-34. The Lady Jags were 25 of 38 from thefree throw line while the Lady Cobras went 10 of 16.
In a low scoring contest, Wesson led 6-4 in the first quarter asNorth Pike took a 12-11 lead at the half. Going in to the finalframe, the Lady Jags led the Lady Cobras 30-28.
The Wesson girls, coached by Jemmye Ann Helms, fell to 6-9 andplay today in the consolation game. Helms had no comment followingthe game.
Wesson junior guard Alexis Crosby finished the game with 18points and 4 rebounds. Crosby, who scored all of her points in thesecond half, sustained an ankle injury with 32 seconds left inregulation and missed the remainder of the game.
Adding support for the 6-9 Lady Cobras was Christy Watson with 7points, 7 rebounds and 4 steals. Furr grabbed 6 rebound and had 3assists. Bethany Dykes also pulled down 6 rebounds.
The Lady Jags got 11 points and 12 rebounds from Tyeshia Holmes.Neleashia Williams pulled down 10 rebounds. Catherine West finishedwith 8 rebounds.
Raleigh 58, Loyd Star 42
The Raleigh girls (6-7) led Loyd Star 21-12 in the firstquarter. The Lionettes went on a 15-9 run in the second quarter fora 35-23 lead at the half. Going into the final frame, Raleigh wason top 59-31 over Loyd Star.
“We had good transition work,” said Raleigh girls coach JasonKennedy, who once coached at Bogue Chitto. “We need to get betterat running our offense. But we are proud to have a chance in thechampionship game.”
Directing the Lionettes with a game-high 31 points was NikitaMitchell. Donyell Little fired in 16 points. Scoring 11 points wasAnertra Mitchell.
“Raleigh was very physical,” said Loyd Star girls coach LoriBritt. “We didn’t respond. We played sluggish for fourquarters.”
Hailey Ratcliff led the Lady Hornets (4-7) with 13 points and 4rebounds before fouling out with 1:38 left in the third quarter.Shannon Chester and Haley Sones followed with 6 points apiece.Chester grabbed 5 rebounds, made 2 steals and had 2 assists. Sones,who fouled out at the 6:55 mark in the fourth quarter, collected 3rebounds.
North Pike 76, Dexter 62
The 7-7 North Pike boys were led by Erik Robinson’s 31 points.Tracee Abdul-Hade followed with 14 points.
“The boys did a great job,” said Russ of his 7-7 Jags. “Robinsondid a great job.”
Dexter got 27 points from Rico Haynes who sat out the firstquarter as punishment for missing an earlier team practice. ByronCotten added 8 points.
Cathedral 71, Enterprise 57
In boys action, Matt Goss fired in a game-high 27 points for theGreen Wave. Andy Lucas netted 11 points followed by Alex Matthewswith 10.
Cory Everett’s 13 points paced Enterprise, coached by Josh Bass.Adding support with 9 points each were Jamie Smith, Chris Fullerand Matt Floyd.
Cathedral 59, Dexter 56
Mattie Smith pumped in 21 points for the Cathedral girls.Kristan Dobard followed with 20 points.
Dexter got 18 points from Sherika Weary. Scoring 14 points wasNikita Mitchell followed by Crystal Mongo with 11.