Prep Hoops: Illness issues affect three games

By T. Scott Boatright

It was somewhat of a Grinch-like weekend before Christmas for Lincoln Parish hoops, as the Ruston High School Bearcats saw both of its boys games in the Remington Butler Classic canceled to COVID-19 protocols.

Ruston’s game scheduled at Gibsland-Coleman tonight has also been postponed.

Across town, Cedar Creek’s boys and girls games scheduled for Friday night against Quitman were rescheduled for Jan. 22 due to a flu outbreak.

Following is a breakdown of parish games that were played last week.


The Lady Bearcats took control in the opening minutes and never looked back as Ruston defeated Jonesboro-Hodge 74-34 Thursday during play at the Remington Butler Classic at the RHS Main Gym.

Ruston led 25-9 at the end of the first stanza and 42-14 at halftime, allowing RHS coach Meredith Graf to go deep into her bench during the second half, in which the Lady Bearcats still managed to outscore the Lady Tigers 32-10.

Ruston outrebounded JHHS 61-49 and outscored the Lady Tigers 54-10 in the paint. 

The Lady Bearcats connected on 40.2% of their shots from the floor while holding Jonesboro-Hodge to 22.6% shooting.

Aakeyliah Jones led the way for Ruston with 12 points and added six rebounds while Jaliyah McMain and Alexis Foster added 11 points each.

Foster also totaled seven boards, six assists and four steals for Ruston while McWain tallied six rebounds, four steals and a pair of assists.

Emerald Parker and Zaccheya Jackson chipped in with eight points each for Ruston.

Parker also recorded six rebounds, three blocked shots and a steal while Jackson added four rebounds, a block and two assists.

Eleven of the 13 RHS players who saw action scored at least two points in the win, which pushed Ruston’s record to 11-5.

The Lady Bearcats are next slated to play at Gibsland-Coleman tonight. 


Lincoln Preparatory School overcame an ice cold start for both teams Thursday night as the Panthers roared past Tensas 59-37.

The Panthers led only 6-3 at the end of the first quarter but stretched that advantage to 21-12 at intermission.

Lincoln Prep outscored Tensas 26-10 in the third stanza to pull away for good.

Leading the way for the Panthers was Stephen Burks, who hit for 11 points while adding three steals.

Ta’Rell Simmons and Ja’kyren Montgomery added 10 points each for the Panthers.

Simmons also totaled three rebounds and three steals for Lincoln Prep while Montgomery added three boards, a steal and an assist.

Darrell Jackson tallied seven points, three steals, two rebounds and two assists for the Panthers, who also received six points, five boards, four assists and three steals from Emmanuel “Spider” Bryant.  

The Lincoln Prep girls didn’t play last week and are next slated to play at Arcadia on Tuesday.


The Tigers now stand at 15-1 after Simsboro High School’s boys basketball defeated Benton 62-50 on Thursday night and Hicks 81-55 on Friday.

Chiladrien Newton was Simsboro’s top scorer against Benton, hitting for 21 points, while Jordan Crawford added 19 and ShaMarian Brantley chipped in with 13.

Newton was back at it against Hicks, topping Simsboro with 34 points.

Brantley added 13 points against Hicks while Lee Abney chipped in with 12 points, 13 rebounds and seven blocked shots.

The Tigers have played the last few games with one of their top players — Nick Maryland — who is out with a hand injury.

In girls action, the Lady Tigers lost to Saline 49-47.


The Choudrant High School boys team fell in a close one Friday night as the Aggies lost a 72-70 decision at Saline.

Choudrant controlled the first half, leading 19-15 at the end of the opening quarter and 42-32 at intermission.

But Saline stormed back to outscore the Aggies 25-10 in the third stanza to build a 57-52 advantage heading into the final eight minutes. Choudrant outscored Saline 18-15 in that fourth quarter, but the Bobcats still managed to scratch and claw their way to the two-point win.

Chris Williams did his best to try and pull off the win for the Aggies (8-6), leading Choudrant with 28 points.

Trey Harris added 16 points for CHS while Lachlan Thompson chipped in with 11 and Amarion Simonton totaling eight.

The Aggies will return to action on Dec. 28 with a game at Calvin.

Lady Bobcats 50, Lady Aggies 33

The Choudrant girls team fell to 10-7 on the season with a road loss at Saline.

Kylee Portillox and Aly Thomas led the way for the Lady Aggies with eight points each.


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