Lady Eagles crush Crusaders

Published 12:00 am Monday, November 6, 2000

Chasity Lee (35) of Porters Chapel fights for a loose ball against CM&I’s Josetta Moore and Java Donnerson, right. (The Vicksburg Post/PAT SHANNAHAN)

Porters Chapel Academy started out red-hot, then cooled off in the last three quarters and still won by 40.

Sophomore post player Jessica Lord had 14 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Lady Eagles (2-0) to a 64-24 thrashing of CM&I Saturday.

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K.K. Willis and E.J. Willis scored 13 and 12, respectively, in about eight minutes and their sister, Brady, dished out five assists in the first quarter as PCA exploded to a 31-4 lead.

First-year coach Mitchell Willis would have liked a little more competiton as his single-A team gets ready for AAAA power Jackson Prep Tuesday.

He also would have liked more bench production.

“I was a little upset with them,” he said of the reserves, who failed to score a field goal in the second quarter. “They’ve got to learn that even if we’re winning, they can’t be lazy.”

E.J. Willis was 6-of-7 from the field and K.K. Willis was 6-of-9. PCA was a combined 15-of-25 in the first quarter, but went 0-for-14 in the second.

The Lady Eagles were without Kayla Barnette, who got 17 stitches in her knee after a Friday night car accident. She’ll be out two weeks, Mitchell Willis said. Kala White is also sidelined with a leg injury.

Josetta Moore led the Lady Crusaders with 16 points.

Jackson-based CM&I, the only all-black school in the Mississippi Private School Association, finished with almost as many fouls (23) as points (24).

(B) CM&I 86, PCA 31

Josh Armstrong scored 23 points as the Crusaders got avenge for the Lady Eagles’ win. Shon Schuller added 12 for CM&I. Sophomore Joseph Ivey led the Eagles (0-2) with 18, al in the first three quarters.

(G) Morton 46, St. Al 35

Kristen Patrick scored 14 points and Mollie Richards added 12, but it wasn’t enough for the Lady Flashes (0-2) on the road against Class 2A Morton.

St. Al outscored the Lady Panthers 21-17 in the second half.

“We made some adjustments,” first-year coach Paul Hayden said. “We’re starting to come together.”

(B) Morton 48, St. Al 31

Clay Simmons was St. Al’s only player in double figures, with 12 points. The Flashes (0-2) have scored in the 30s in their first two games.

“We played excellent defense,” Hayden said. “We just can’t find our shot.”

St. Al will be at Port Gibson Tuesday.