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|Lady Trojans survive scare|
It was a first half Ferriday High girls coach Lisa Abron would like to forget Monday night at Ferriday's gym. Fortunately, the second half was much better to watch as the Lady Trojans slipped past Westminster Christian 64-63 in a Class 2A second round playoff contest.
The No. 4-seeded Lady Trojans missed wide-open shots under the goal, threw the ball away and let a defensive rebound bounce under Westminster Christian's goal before a Lady Crusader guard ran under the goal, grabbed the ball and put in a layup.
As a matter of fact, Westminster's final goal of the first half came after a missed free throw when a Lady Crusader grabbed the ball and put it back in at the buzzer to give the visitors a 29-19 advantage.
But as bad as Ferriday played in the first half, the Lady Trojans did enough in the second half and in overtime to survive a tough second-round matchup.
Northwestern State signee Jasmine Upchurch, after a sluggish first half, sank two free throws with 20 seconds remaining to give the Lady Trojans a 64-60 lead and Ferriday would hold on for the win.
"I don't know if it was just the nervousness or pressure," Abron said. "The girls were not listening to anything I said during the breaks. We have got to learn to play under pressure at this level and all come together. We have got to do a better job of keeping our composure."
Ferriday will now travel to Oakdale for a quarterfinal contest Thursday.
Oakdale upset Evangel on Monday. If Evangel had won, Ferriday would have hosted the quarterfinal contest.
"Oakdale has a 6-4 girl who we will have to defend and a real quick guard," Abron said. "We certainly have a lot of work to do before playing them."
Westminster used the 3-point shooting of Abby Olivier to keep the pressure on the Lady Trojans in the first half.
"She is a really good shooter," Abron said. "Luckily in the second half, the shots weren't falling for her as much."
The Opelousas team led 14-12 after one period and had four 3-pointers in the second quarter.
Atasia Banks picked up two quick fouls in the first quarter and was forced to the bench.
"Atasia usually comes off the bench and we'll do that for the next game," Abron said. "She does a better if she sees what's going on before going in."
Only a 3-pointer by Jasmine Butler kept Ferriday from trailing by more than 10 at halftime.
Ferriday scored the first five points of the third period before the Lady Crusaders extended the lead back to double figures.
Ferriday used the inside game of Upchurch and point guard Chanta Poole's quick drives to the basket to take a 42-21 lead going into the final period.
Westminster tied the game at 55-55 with seconds remaining and Upchurch's final shot was off the mark to send the game into overtime.
"The girls got down to business and we made free throws in the second half," Abron said.
Upchurch led the Lady Trojans with 26 points, while Butler added 17 and Poole 12.
Oliver and Jasmine King each had 24 for Westminster.
The winner of Thursday's game between Ferriday and Oakdale will advance to the Ladies Top 28 Tournament which will be held in Monroe and Ruston.
If Ferriday wins, the Lady Trojans will likely face No. 1 John Curtis in the semifinals. The Lady Patriots face Donaldsonville.
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