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|Ferriday boys hopeful|
Call him optimistic.
Ferriday High head boys basketball coach K.G. Watkins held basketball practice Tuesday.
The Trojans ended their regular season Monday with a 82-75 upset win over Homer in Ferriday in a game postponed from last month because of bad weather.
Ferriday was sitting at No. 38 in the Class 2A rankings before the win.
The top 32 teams advance to the playoffs. The brackets will be released Thursday.
"That was a quality win and we're hoping we can squeeze in," said Ferriday coach K.G. Watkins. "The last few games have been playoff games for us. I am very proud of the kids and especially seniors Brandon Scott and Quavion Ellis because they really played hard. And our underclassmen stepped up."
The Trojans (10-14, 5-5) lost to Homer 63-44 in Homer.
The win over Homer Monday was the Pelicans' second loss in district.
Homer split with regular season champion Sterlington.
"This is the way I expected us to play all year," Watkins said. "Even if we don't get in, this is a great way to go out. It gives us something to build on for next year and hopefully more kids will be interested and come out. But right now, for our seniors' sakes, I hope we get in."
Monday's contest went into overtime as Homer's Danny Dawson hit a 3-pointer at the end of regulation.
But Quavion Ellis scored seven of Ferriday's 13 points in overtime to key the win.
Ferriday trailed Homer 16-15 after one period, but outscored the Pelicans 13-9 in the second period for a 28-25 lead.
The Trojans increased their lead to 52-43 after three periods, but Homer rallied to tie the game in the fourth period.
Ellis led Ferriday with 20 points, while Brandon Scot added 17,
Trey Hall and DaJohn Mitchell 15 and Adrian Wiggins 11.
Ferriday's Lady Trojans ended their season at 5-18 after falling to Homer 54-49.
The Lady Trojans led 17-6 after one period and 31-17 at halftime, but were outscored 37-18 in the second half.
Jada Griggs led Ferriday with 28 points, while Sha'Keria added 17.
On Friday, Ferriday's boys defeated Jonesboro-Hodge 62-42.
Ferriday led 12-10 after one period before going up 29-16 at halftime.
Ouavion Ellis paced the Trojans with 23 points, while Trey Hall added 16 and DaJohn Mitchell 13.
The Lady Trojans fell to J-H 69-51.
Jonesboro-Hodge led 18-8 after one period and 34-18 at halftime.
Sha'Keria Kelly led the Lady Trojans with 29 points, while Jada Griggs added 18.
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