By T. Scott Boatright
Bearcats 49, Ouachita 48
MONROE — Four Bearcats totaled at least eight points to help lead the Ruston High School Bearcats to a 49-48 win in a defensive showdown Friday night at Ouachita Parish High School.
Neither team built any larger than an eight-point advantage in a contest that the Lions led 24-22 at the half.
Jackson Pilgreen and Aiden Anding scored nine points each to lead Ruston while Dillon Wilson and Braylan McNeal both added eight points in the Bearcats’ winning effort.
Pilgreen led the Bearcats on the boards with eight rebounds while adding a blocked shot.
Ruston (15-3, 2-0 in District 2-5A) will next play host to West Monroe on Tuesday evening.
Lady Bearcats 57, Ouachita Parish 36
MONROE — In a tight game that Ouachita Parish High School led in the early going, the Ruston High School Lady Bearcats used a six-point run in the closing minutes of the opening stanza and never looked back Friday night at the OPHS Gym.
Ruston led 26-16 at halftime and then outscored the Lady Lions 12-4 in the third quarter to build a comfortable lead heading into the final stanza.
The Lady Bearcats did most of their damage inside, outscoring Ouachita 34-18 in the paint.
Kemiah Spencer led Ruston with 15 points while adding three rebounds and four steals.
Ruston had two other players score in double figures as Emerald Parker and Alexis Foster hit for 10 points each.
Parker added nine rebounds to lead RHS on the boards while Foster chipped in with five rebounds.
The Lady Bearcats (15-5, 2-0 in District 2-5A) will next host West Monroe on Tuesday.
Sicily Island 43, Cedar Creek 35 (Boys)
SICILY ISLAND — Playing significantly short-handed and without coach Robert Mitcham due to multiple injuries and illness protocols, the Cedar Creek boys basketball team simply didn’t have enough firepower Friday night to win on the road against the Tigers.
Realizing Cedar Creek wasn’t finding the basket, the Tigers backed into a 2-3 zone, forcing the Cougars to try and shoot from the perimeter.
The Cougars missed 17 3-point shots, gave up 18 offensive rebounds and committed 28 turnovers in the loss.
Cedar Creek 73, Sicily Island 20 (Girls)
SICILY ISLAND – Sarah Adams poured in 24 points while adding six assists to lead Cedar Creek’s girls hoopsters to a 53-point road win over the Lady Tigers.
The victory pushed Cedar Creek to 17-0 on the season.
Millie Venters and Ava Hartwell added 10 points each for the Lady Cougars while Allie Furr chipped with eight points and Lizzie McAdams finished with seven points and 11 rebounds.
Cedar Creek will next play host to Delta Charter on Tuesday.
Lincoln Prep 76, River Oaks 60 (BOYS)
Koby Mack and Bralyn Mayfield both double-doubled to lead Lincoln Preparatory School to a home win over River Oaks on Thursday evening.
The Panthers led 17-12 at the end of the first quarter before outscoring the Mustangs 25-14 in the second stanza to build a 42-26 lead at the half.
Mack led Lincoln Prep with 18 points while adding 10 rebounds, two assists and a blocked shot.
Mayfield topped the Panthers on the glass with 11 boards while adding 12 points, four assists, two blocked shots and a steal.
Dmitry Payne also scored 12 points for Lincoln Prep, including a pair of big slam dunks, while also totaling six assists and six steals.
Ja’Kyren Montgomery added eight points and two rebounds for the Panthers while Stephen Burks III also scored 8 points while chipping in with six rebounds, three steals and two assists.
Two other Panthers provided crucial all-around efforts as Brandon Heard totaled seven points, seven rebounds and three steals while Emanuel Bryant added six points, three rebounds, two steals and a blocked shot.
Lincoln Prep 57, Ringgold 42 (Boys)
The Panthers got off to a slow start before ignited in the second half to roar away with the win in their District 1-1A season opener at Ringgold on Friday night.
Ringgold led 14-8 at the end of the first stanza and 27-21 at halftime before the Panthers outscored the Redskins 36-15 the rest of the way to race away with the win.
Dmitry Payne led the Panthers with 15 points while adding six rebounds, two steals and two assists while Emanuel Bryant double-doubled, totaling 14 points, 13 rebounds, two steals, a blocked shot and an assist.
Kobe Mack and Bralyn Mayfield added seven points each for Lincoln Prep, with Mack adding two rebounds and a steal and Mayfield chipping in with 10 rebounds, five steals, four assists and a blocked shot.
Ta’Rell Simmons hit for six points while adding one steal for the Panthers (16-6), who will next play Glenbrook on Tuesday night.
Simsboro 73, Arcadia 44 (Boys)
ARCADIA — The Simsboro High School boys basketball team moved to 18-1 on the season as the Tigers roared to a 29-point win at Arcadia.
Simsboro took control early, leading 46-19 at the half.
Chilaydrien Newton led the way for SHS with 27 points while Nick Maryland added 15 points, Jordan Crawford chipped in with 12 points and Shamarian Brantley hit for 10.
Lee Abney was the defensive standout for the Tigers, pulling down 11 rebounds and blocking six shots attempted by the Hornets.
Next up for the Tigers will be a home game against Jonesboro-Hodge on Tuesday.
Choudrant 70, Claiborne Christian 49 (Boys)
WEST MONROE — The Aggies broke open a tight game in the second quarter Tuesday night as Choudrant cruised past Claiborne Christian at the CCS Gym.
Choudrant led 28-20 at the end of the first quarter before igniting in the second stanza to lead 47-27 at halftime.
Four Aggies scored in double figures with Trey Harris and Lachlan Thompson pouring in 15 points as the game’s top scorers.
Chris Williams chipped in with 12 points for Choudrant while Mike Jones added 10.
Choudrant also got eight points from Amarion Simonton and six from Parker Batterson.
The Aggies game scheduled to be played at Epps on Friday night was postponed due to illness protocols that closed both schools late last week.
Choudrant is next slated to play host to D’Arbonne Woods on Tuesday.