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|Ferriday wins Sicily Island titles|
Ferriday's boys and girls captured the Sicily Island C.B. Coney Memorial Basketball Tournament Saturday in Sicily Island.
Ferriday's boys defeated Franklin Parish 57-56 to win the title, while the Lady Trojans defeated Harrisonburg 60-52 to claim the tournament title.
"It's always good to play in the Sicily Island Tournament because it's good competition right before district starts," said Lady Trojan coach Lisa Abron. "I thought we showed up pretty good for the tournament. We played with a lot of confidence and maturity and got the job done."
Ferriday's boys jumped ahead of Franklin Parish 18-10 in the first quarter and led 33-26 at halftime.
The Trojans outscored the Patriots 13-12 in the third quarter for a 46-38 advantage before Franklin Parish rallied in the final period, coming up one point short.
Josh Upchurch led Ferriday with 16 points, while Tournament MVP Montrell Tennessee added 15 and Alrion McKeel 11.
Upchurch, McKeel and Levier Pryor were named to the all-tournament team for Ferriday.
J.C. Winn led Franklin Parish with 21 points.
Ferriday's girls led Harrisonburg 13-11 after one period, but the Lady Bulldogs took a 26-22 lead into halftime.
Ferriday outscored Harrisonburg 22-14 in the third period and 16-12 in the final quarter.
Tournament MVP Jasmine Upchurch led Ferriday with 24 points, while Jasmine Butler added 11 and Deonka Birdon 10.
Butler, Birdon, Ja'Lessia Davis and Shante Poole were named to the tournament team.
Ferriday's girls defeated Block 57-32 in the semifinals Saturday.
Ferriday led 11-7 after one period before outscoring the Lady Bears 15-0 in the second quarter.
Upchurch led Ferriday with 21 points, whil Birdon and K'Teyah Fletcher added nine each.
Ferriday's girls defeated Vidalia 41-9 Friday.
With the score at 4-2 in favor of Ferriday late in the first quarter, Vidalia guard Tyshica Rodgers was hit with an inadverdant elbow and suffered a fractured nose.
Ferriday outscored Vidalia 17-0 in the third quarter and 13-0 in the third period.
Jasmine Upchurch and Shante Poole led Ferriday with 12 points each.
Rachael Wagoner led Vidalia with six.
Ferriday's boys defeated Harrisonburg, 70-33 Friday.
The Trojans led the Bulldogs 9-8 after one period before exploding for 30 points in the second quarter for a 39-15 advantage.
Montrell Tennessee led the Trojans with 17 points, while Josh Upchurch added 16.
Vidalia's boys fell to Franklin Parish 78-65 Friday.
The Patriots led 26-24 after one period and 45-37 at halftime.
Gary Stewart led Vidalia with 19 points, while all-tournament selection Quartrell Thomas added 18.
Brandon Simms led Franklin with 24 points, followed by J.C. Winn with 22 and Kendre Smith with 13.
"We just don't play well during the holidays for some reason," said Vidalia coach Robert Sanders. "But we have to play to try and stay sharp."
Vidalia's girls upset Franklin Parish 37-34 in their first game of the tournament.
The Lady Vikings trailed 22-9 in the second quarter, but held the Lady Patriots to 12 points the rest of the contest.
Vidalia held Franklin Parish's Jasmine Whitley, who scored 49 points earlier this season against Tensas Parish, to
"We just guarded her all over the floor," Smith said.
Tyshica Rodgers, who was named to the all-tournament team, led Vidalia with 18 points.
"Tyshica just kept driving to the basket," Smith said.
Monterey's boys and girls teams lost out in the first round to French Settlement.
Vidalia hosts Franklin Parish Friday, while Ferriday welcomes Sicily Island.
Monterey visits Harrisonburg Friday.
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