Point guard Sha'Kerria Kelly went off for 32 points as Ferriday tarnish Sterlington's District 2-2A opener with a 61-55 upset victory on Tuesday night.
Sterlington, which trailed most of the game, managed to take a 30-29 lead late in the first half. Ferriday answered on its final possession to carry a 31-30 advantage into intermission.
The third quarter was close throughout, before the homestanding Lady Trojans (4-9) began to open up some separation in the final frame.
“We're young and it's hard for a young team to realize that you have to go into every game prepared,” Sterlington coach Darlene Eubanks said. “Offensively, we played well enough. It was on the defensive side of the ball that we really let up. Defensively, we just didn't do a lot of things correctly.”
Kelly took full advantage of the Lady Panthers' defensive lapse.
“Kelly's really good,” Eubanks said. “Ferriday was ready to play ball. It wasn't supposed to happen, but games don't always go like they're supposed to on paper.”
Alayah Mitchell was Sterlington's offensive stalwart with 18 points. LaTasha English added eight and Meshana English contributed six points off the bench.
Sterlington (11-7) sets out to even its conference record at home Friday night against Lakeside, before entertaining Jonesboro-Hodge on Tuesday.
“I think we're going to be OK,” Eubanks said. “Jonesboro-Hodge and Homer were the top two teams in district last year and they're the top-ranked teams again this year. We were fortunate enough to beat both of them last year, so I'm not going to underestimate us. We just need to get everybody on the same page on the same night.”