Prep Hoops: Panthers push forward during holiday week

By T. Scott Boatright

While most parish teams took the holiday week to rest and heal up, the Lincoln Preparatory School Panthers kept scratching and clawing forward.

The Panthers roared to a pair of wins sandwiched between a loss to a big-school opponent. Following is recap of last week’s prep basketball action”:

Lincoln Prep started slow before igniting in the second quarter as the Panthers defeated Arcadia 63-36 last Tuesday.

Both teams started cold, with Lincoln Prep leading only 8-3 at the end of the first quarter.

But the Panthers outscored the Hornets 44-13 to road away with the convincing win.

Bralyn Mayfield led the way for Prep with  21 points, eight rebounds, three steals and assist.

Dmitry Payne added  12 points, four rebounds, four steals and a pair of assists while Emanuel Bryant chipped in to the winning effort for nine points, boards three assists and two steals.

Then on Wednesday, Class 1A Lincoln Prep tested itself on the road against 4A Neville, falling 60-42.

A slow start saw the Panthers down 18-6 at the end of the first quarter, and the early deficit proved too much to overcome.

Payne was the top Panther against Neville, totaling 24 points, six rebounds, two assists and one steal and one blocked shot.

On Thursday at Union Parish High School, it came down to the final seconds.

The Panthers fought off a second-half rally by the Farmers to take a 53-51 victory.

After both teams started slow, with Union Parish leading 9-5 at the end of the opening stanza, Lincoln Prep battled its way to a 28-20 halftime advantage.

But the Farmers came out strong in the third quarter, outscoring Prep 18-6 to lead 38 -34 heading into the final eight minutes.

Three Panthers scoring in double figures and another with eight helped Lincoln Prep outscore the Farmers 19-13 in the final stanza ro earn the win and move to 12-5 on the season.

Two Panthers double-doubled with Mayfield chalking up 15 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and a pair of steals and blocks while  Bryant tallied 12 points and 10 boards along with two assists and a blocked shot.

Joseph Spann added 10 points, two rebounds and an assist for the Panthers while teammate , Brandon Heard totaled eight points, two boards, an assist and one point

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