Ferriday High faced plenty of adversity its Class 2A bidistrict girls basketball playoff game at Episcopal on Thursday night.
What appeared to be a competitive matchup between the 14th ranked Lady Knights and 19th-ranked Lady Trojans tilted quickly in favor of Episcopal as the Knights gave coach Michael Kuhn his first playoff victory in convincing 52-27 fashion.
Ferriday (18-9) made the long road trip minus four starters who were out for what coach Lisa Abron called “a little bit of everything, all of the above.” Episcopal (20-10) wasted no time against the visitors’ young makeshift lineup, rolling up a 14-0 lead after one quarter and maintaining control the rest of the way.
“We knew they were short-handed, and from what we heard one of the best players in their district was one of the girls they lost,” Kuhn said. “I think we did what we practiced for.
“We wanted to be patient offensively and get some good shots against their 2-3 zone. They looked like a good, athletic team, and we wanted to make sure we boxed out on rebounds.”
Janelle Jones filled up her line in the scorebook with 21 points, and the 5-foot-4 senior contributed in just about every way with her ball handling, rebounding, defense and assists. She polished off her night with a sparkling assist to Tera Snell for a fast break layup before closing out the scoring with a 3-point play with 1:02 remaining.
“I try to focus on assists and I’m not really a shooter,” Jones said.
“I wasn’t expecting to get that many shots off, but I work on my shooting in practice, so that was good.”
Ferriday began to find the range in the second quarter, getting on the scoreboard 10 minutes into the game and draining three quick 3-pointers, two by Anasia Turner and one by Lakeshanna Jones. Episcopal countered with 3-pointers from Julia Powell and Emma Antilley and nine points by Jones to take a 29-13 halftime lead.
The Knights suffered through a sloppy third quarter with nine points and eight turnovers, but had baskets from five different players to pull away in the fourth period.
“We knew we were in for a tough task,” Abron said. “I have to give Episcopal their props.
“They moved the ball well and kind of confused us at times. But I’m proud of my young girls, and we’ll start getting ready for next year.”
Turner led the Trojans with nine points and post player Zhane Green added eight.
Powell broke into double figures for Episcopal with 11 points and Snell finished with nine.