PCA overwhelms Briarfield, 64-13

Published 12:00 am Friday, December 6, 2002

Brittany White of Porters Chapel, left, tries to pass as Briarfield’s Christa Swafford defends on Thursday. (The Vicksburg Post/C. TODD SHERMAN)

[12/06/02]Briarfield coach Felecia Saulter thought she had endured her fill of Porters Chapel Academy’s Willis connection on the basketball court.

Saulter discovered she will have to face at least five more years of it as Brittany Willis, an eighth-grader, lit up the Lady Rebels (0-7) for 17 points and six rebounds in a lopsided 64-13 Lady Eagles’ win.

“Brittany White was killing us, and of course the Willis girls were hurting us,” Saulter said. “But PCA is known for Willis girls, it’s just a tradition for them to win and just a tradition for them to go to state.”

White was the early catalyst for the Lady Eagles (11-3, 5-1), accounting for four steals to start a 14-0 first-quarter run and 14 points and four rebounds to snuff any possibility for a Briarfield comeback.

Brady Willis was held to five points, but her eight rebounds nearly matched the Lady Rebels’ point production.

“These games are hard for us to get up for. Coming back from Humphreys, a fast-paced game, to telling the girls to slow it down, it’s frustrating for the girls,” Lady Eagles coach Kelli Campbell said. “I’d rather play a tough game and lose. When we play teams like this we tend to play sloppy.”

The Lady Rebels, on the other hand, missed opportunities in what had become a first-quarter layup drill that led to a 35-7 PCA lead at the half.

“We tried to slow it down and work on plays like we do in practice, but when you got it, you got to shoot,” White said.

PCA outscored the Lady Rebels 16-4 in the first quarter, 19-3 in the second, 11-4 in the third and 18-2 in the fourth quarter.

“That’s a (division) win, and each one makes a difference, each one gives us confidence,” White said. “That’s one more behind us.”

Tallulah 51, Franklin 35

Amanda Muse scored a game-high 21 points and grabbed 17 rebounds to lead Tallulah Academy past Franklin.

SIA 41, Washington 32

Jordan Windham scored a game-high 19 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead Sharkey-Issaquena to a win at the Indianola Tournament.

Chase Mahaltic and Peter Fisher added seven apiece in the win.

Washington 47, SIA 36

Kristen Cox scored a game-high 20 points and grabbes 15 rebounds in the Lady Confederates’ loss to Washington.