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Lady Eagles advance in South State tournament; VHS stumbles

[2/11/04]Porters Chapel Academy certainly brought its’ A-game to the floor Tuesday night.

The Lady Eagles’ triple-threat of Annie Beaugh, Amy Beaugh and Amy Rutledge combined to score 41 points as the Lady Eagles defeated Wilkinson Christian, 50-42, in the first round of the MPSA Class A South State tournament at Greenville Christian.

While WCCA’s season came to an end, PCA advanced to the quarterfinals to take on Claiborne Academy at 4 p.m. Thursday.

Foul shooting proved to be the difference Tuesday.

“They made their free throws and we didn’t,” Lady Rams coach Sam Byrd said. “They made 14 of 18 free throws.”

Annie Beaugh scored a team-high 17 points. Amy Beaugh added 14 and Rutledge scored 10 to lead the Lady Eagles’ charge.

The Lady Rams (8-15) took a 10-9 lead going into the second quarter. But PCA, the fourth seed from Conference 5-A, took control over the next two quarters to take a 34-27 lead after three quarters of play.

“It was a close game throughout,” Byrd said. “My girls did well. We couldn’t make the shots. The girls played hard.”

(G) Port Gibson 62, VHS 59

A poor-shooting first quarter did in the Vicksburg Missy Gators (15-13) Tuesday night, although they did make a run late in the game.

Trailing by as many as 18 points in the second half, Vicksburg cut the lead to as little as two points late in the fourth quarter.

“We came out flat, getting beaten to every loose ball,” Vicksburg High coach Mike Coleman said. “We got completely outhustled in the first half.”

Tiffany Hubbard scored a game-high 23 points to lead the Missy Gators, while Kendra Sims netted 11 and sophomore Kristin Ellis scored nine.

Debreanna Coleman and Marineka Neal each scored 20 for Port Gibson (16-9).

Vicksburg will play at Brandon on Friday night in the final regular season game of the year.

(B) Puckett 76, St. Al 39

Armundo Robinson led three Wolves in double figures, and St. Aloysius did not have a player score more than nine in a blowout loss.

Puckett (15-6) led the Flashes 31-22 at halftime, but a 45-17 scoring advantage in the second half lifted the Wolves to the easy victory.

Drew Mazzanti scored nine points for St. Al, while Anthony Rector netted eight.

(G) Puckett 68, St. Aloysius 50

Sarah Kerut scored 23 points and LaJuana Thomas netted 12 in the Lady Flashes’ loss.

Puckett took a 39-24 lead at the half and never trailed in the second half.

Shanice Mays scored 25 to lead the Lady Wolves.