By T. Scott Boatright
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Sometimes good things come early during “Holiday Season.”
The Simsboro Tigers, the defending state Class B champions, are certainly in the holiday spirit after defeating Saline 86-54 Monday night.
Slow starts are nothing new for the Tigers, who sometimes seem to strive to earn their stripes from the pressure they put on themselves.
After Saline kept things tight in the opening stanza with Simsboro leading by three at 16-13 at the end of the opening stanza, the Tigers roared in the second half to the tune of a 32-point win over the Bobcats.
Jordan Crawford ignited for 29 points for SHS while Chiladyrien Newton added 16 and Kaalep Wright hit for nine.
In the Girls Game, Simsboro lost in a tight one as Saline took a 49-47 win.
Calvin’s reign at No. 1 in Class B basketball in Louisiana is likely over,
That’s because of the Aggies of Choudrant, who went on the road Tuesday night and brought home a 56-54 win over the Bobcats.
“It’s an incredible win and just a great team effort,” said Aggies coach Ryan Smith. “I’m just proud of this team and what they did out there tonight.”
Lachlan Thompson led the Aggies with 15 points while Chris Williams and Parker Batterton hit for 13 each.
Trey Harris added 11 points to Choudant’s efforts.
The win capped off a strong week for the Aggies, who won 83-53 over River Oaks on Thursday
and 54-45 over St. Frederick on Friday.
Choudrant’s girls hoops team won 42-40 over Loyola on Friday.
Slowly but surely the Ruston High School girls basketball chipped away at the opposition en route to a 62-39 win at Arcadia on Monday.
Ruston led 16-7 at the end of the opening stanza and 34-13 at halftime before outscoring the Lady Hornets 28-16 in the final 16 minutes of play,
The Lady Bearcats looked inside often, with post player Emerald Parker leading the way with 12 points, 10 rebounds and two blocked shots.
Ruston scored 46 of its points in the paint outrebounded Arcadia 54-29, including pulling down 34 offensive boards.
Skylaar Spencer scored 10 points from Ruston, which also received nine points, six rebounds, five assists and five steals from Kemiah Spencer along with seven points and seven rebounds from Kiona McAllister.
In boys action, the Bearcats defeated Arcadia 68-33.
The Cougars split last week’s games with a Cedar 61-37 loss at Sterlington on Monday before rebounding for a 35-30 win at D’Arbonne Woods on Thursday.
Cedar Creek’s girls team won 58-39 at Sterlington on Monday night.
Three Panthers poured in double figures shooting as Lincoln Preparatory School topped Saline 70-59 in overtime last Tuesday.
Dmitry Payne headed the Panthers attack with 27 points, five rebounds and four steals while Bralyn Mayfield added 19 points, 11 boards and a pair of steals.
Brandon Heard hit for 12 points while adding seven rebounds, six steall and five assists for the Panthers while Emanuel Bryant provided a workmanlike five points, five rebounds, four steals and four assists.
Then on Thursday, the Panthers went the distance again, and then some, coming home with a 57-56 win at Bastrop.
Mayfield double-doubled for Lincoln Prep against the Rams as he tallied 16 points and 13 .rebounds while adding three assists, two blocks and a steal.l
Payne added 13 points, seven rebounds, four assists, two blocks and a steal for the Panthers, who also received 12 points, including a clutch 3-pointer to send the game in overtime, along with five points, 11 boards, five steals, three blocks and three assists.
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