By T. Scott Boatright
ALEXANDRIA — The Ruston High School Bearcats had a halftime lead evaporate after intermission as RHS suffered its first District 2-5A loss of the season as Alexandria Senior High took a 51-41 win Friday night.
ASH won the opening stanza 9-7 before the Bearcats roared back to move on top 17-14 at halftime.
But the Trojans came out strong in the third quarter, outscoring the Bearcats 18-10 in the period to build a 32-27 advantage heading into the final eight minutes of play and holding off Ruston for the win.
Twenty-two turnovers committed by RHS were converted into 21 points by the Trojans.
Ruston was led in scoring by Braylan McNeal with 15 points while Jamadrion Lillard and Aiden Anding added eight points each for the Bearcats, who will next play host to Pineville tonight.
Ruston 49, Alexandria 39 (GIRLS)
ALEXANDRIA — The Lady Bearcats started slow before using a strong third quarter to hold on for a 10-point win Friday night at Alexandria Senior High.
ASH led 5-2 after a sluggish first quarter for both teams before Ruston outscored the Lady Trojans 18-11 in the second stanza to build a 20-16 halftime lead.
The Lady Bearcats then outscored ASH 15-7 in the third quarter to build a 35-23 lead heading into the final eight minutes before holding on for the win.
Jaliyah McNeal and Emerald Parker scored 12 points each to lead Ruston in scoring while Alexis Foster added 11 points for the Lady Bearcats while Parker picked up a double-double by pulling down 10 rebounds while also recording four blocked shots.
Ruston will next play host to Pineville in a game tipping off at 5 p.m. tonight.
St. Frederick 45, Cedar Creek 25 (BOYS)
Cedar Creek won the first-quarter battle 5-3 before the Warriors heated up in the second quarter to lead 23-9 at halftime last Tuesday inside The Brickhouse.
Carter Hill topped the Cougars with seven points while Hayden McClusky added six for the Cougars.
Cedar Creek 62, St. Frederick 21 (GIRLS)
Cedar Creek led from the get-go, building a 27-4 advantage by the end of the opening stanza as the Lady Cougars routed the Lady Warriors last Tuesday at The Brickhouse.
Sarah Adams led Cedar Creek with 17 points while Lizzie McAdams added 16 and Allie Furr chipped in with 12.
Calvin 86, Cedar Creek 28 (BOYS)
Calvin built a 41-18 lead at the half and won the contest pitting two teams with Cougars as their mascots.
Parks Connell, Brian Osborne, Hayden McCluskey and Connor Norris hit for six points each to lead Cedar Creek in scoring.
Next up for Cedar Creek is a game at OCS tonight.
Cedar Creek 85, Calvin 26 (GIRLS)
Twelve different Lady Cougars added to Cedar Creek’s scoring total on Thursday as Cedar Creek cruised past Calvin at The Brickhouse.
Sarah Adams scored 23 to lead Cedar Creek while Lizzie McAdams added 12 and Leah Sutherland chipped in with 10.
Cedar Creek will next play at Ouachita Christian in a game slated to tip off at 6 p.m. today.
Southern Lab 62, Lincoln Prep 57
BATON ROUGE — A rough third quarter proved to be the difference as the Lincoln Preparatory School Panthers fell Saturday at Southern Lab.
The game was tied 25-25 at the half but were outscored 21-7 in the third quarter as the Kittens led 46-32 heading into the final stanza.
Lincoln Prep outscored the Kittens 25-16 in the final stanza, but that wasn’t enough as Southern Lab escaped with the win.
DMitry Payne led Lincoln Prep with 24 points while Braylen Mayfield added 17 and Ja’kyren Montgomery added eight.
The Panthers will next play a District 1-1A road game at Homer tonight.
Choudrant 78, Quitman 55 (BOYS)
Lachlan Thompson netted six 3-point shots to help Choudrant High School open its District 2-B season with a win last Tuesday at the CHS Gym.
CHS took over early, leading 25-11 at the end of the first quarter and 43-28 at halftime.
Thompson led the Aggies with 26 points while Parker Batterton and Chris Williams scored 13 each and Trey Harris chipped in with 10.
Simsboro 90, Choudrant 59 (BOYS)
Nick Maryland led the way for Simsboro with 21 points as the Tigers took a district win at home over Choudrant.
Jordan Crawford added 17 for the Tigers, who also got 16 points from Chilaydrien Newton 14, from Lee Abney and 10 from Kaelip Wright.
Quitman 45, Choudrant 39 (GIRLS)
A 21-point effort from Kylie Portilloz wasn’t enough last Tuesday as the Choudrant High School girls basketball team fell at home to Quitman in the District 2-B opener for both teams.
Aly Thomas and Zoey Smith added seven points each for the Lady Aggies.
Choudrant 57, Simsboro 44 (GIRLS)
Kylee Portilloz poured to 26 points Friday night as Choudrant’s Lady Aggies defeated Simsboro at the CHS Gym.
Mattie Johns added 13 points for Choudrant while Zoey Smith hit for 10.
Imani Brown was Simsboro’s top scorer with 20 points for the Lady Tigers.
Choudrant will next play host to Weston tonight.
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