After a somewhat slow start, the Ruston High School Bearcats grabbed the reins in the second quarter and maintained control the rest of the way as RHS topped Ouachita Parish 62-59 in a big-time District 2-5A showdown at the RHS Main Gym.
It was Ruston’s second-straight win over the traditional Class 5A powerhouse this season after winning 49-48 at OPHS on Jan. 14.
Leading 12-7 at the end of the first quarter, the Bearcats fought off a rally by the Lions to lead 24-23 at intermission.
Ruston led 42-40 heading into the final stanza picking up their second win over the Lions this season.
Four Bearcats scored in double digits, led by Braylan McNeal’s 17 point, 11 point double-double performance.
Aidin Anding added 16 points for the Bearcats, while Jamarion Lillard chipped in with 13 and Jackson Pilgreen totaled 10 points, five rebounds and four assists.
Ruston 61, Ouachita Parish 39 (Girls)
The Lady Bearcats rode a second-quarter surge to a home win over Ouachita Parish Friday night in the RHS Main Gym.
After leading only 12-7 at the end of the opening stanza, the Lady Bearcats roared off for a 32-12 advantage at halftime.
Zaccheya Jackson topped RHS with 17 points while Jaliyah McWain added 14 for the Lady Bearcats, who were led on the boards by Emerald Parker with 11 rebounds along with her seven points.
Delta Charter 76, Cedar Creek 35 (Boys)
Hayden McCluksky led the Cougars with 10 points as Cedar Creek fell to Delta Charter Friday night.
Bryce Rusthing added six points for the Cougars while Brian Osbourne added six.
Cedar Creek 86, Delhi 48 52 (Girls)
Three Lady Cougars scored in double digits while 12 notched points overall as the Cedar Creek girls basketball team topped Delta Charter Friday night.
Sarah Adams led the Creek with 19 points while Lizzie McAdams chipped in with 14 and Allie Furr hit for 10 to add to the Lady Cougars’ scoring total.
Richwood 67, Lincoln Prep 57 (Boys)
Playing up in classification, the 1-A Lincoln Preparatory School Panthers were defeated at home by Class 3-A Richwood Saturday night at New Living Word School.
The Rams led 32-28 at the half and 48-44 at the third stanza.
Richwood took control in the fourth to escape with the hard-fought win.
Bralyn Mayfield led the Panthers with 20 points, 12 rebounds, 3 assists and a steal while D’Mitry Payne added 13 points, seven boards and six steals along with two assists and a pair of blocked shots.
Emanuel Bryant double-doubled for Lincoln Prep with eight points, 10 assists and 14 rebounds along with two steals and a blocked shot.
Lincoln Prep 62, Homer 39 (Boys)
This time it was Ja’Kyren Montgomery pumping up the Panthers in a District 1-1A win over Homer for Lincoln Preparatory School.
Montgomery led the way with 17 points, four assists, two rebounds and a steal while D’Mitry Payne and Emmanuel Bryant both double-doubled for the Panthers.
Payned added 14 points, 10 rebounds, three assists and three steals for the Panthers, who also got 10 points, 11 boards and a steal from Bryant.
The Panthers will next play at Haynesville on Tuesday.
Simsboro 95, Weston 43 (Boys)
The Simsboro Tigers maintained their winning ways by rolling over West at home Saturday night.
Thirteen different Tigers scored in the contest, led by Sharmian Brantley’s 31-point explosion.
Chilaydrien Newton added 14 for Simsboro, which also received 12 points from Nick Maryland and eight from Lee Abney.
Simsboo will next play at a crucial district showdown at Choudrant on Tuesday.
Choudrant 79, Weston 49 (Boys)
Chris Williams had the hot hand with 27 points to power Choudrant to a District 1-1B win over Weston Tuesday night.
Jackson Case chipped in with 14 while Trey Harris and Amarion Simonton added 10 points each for the Aggies.
The Aggies next face Quitman tonight before hosting Simsboro Tuesday night.
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