Prep hoops round up

By T. Scott Boatright

The Simsboro boys basketball team, the No. 1 team in Class B, proved their power on Wednesday as the Tigers roared to a 65-51 home win over Class 4A Neville.

Things stayed tight in the opening quarter with the Tigers trailing 16-15 at the end of the first quarter before taking a 29-28 lead into the locker room at halftime.

Simsboro stretched its lead to four points at 45-41 before outscoring Neville 20-10 in the final stanza.

Chilaydrien Newton poured in 21 points to lead SHS while Shamarian Branley added 16 and Jordan Crawford chipped in with 10.

Ruston 52, West Monroe 45  2 OT (BOYS)

It took a pair of extra periods Tuesday night for Ruston to pull away and win on the road at West Monroe.

West Monroe led 11-9 at the end of the first quarter and extended that advantage to five points at 20-15 at halftime.

Ruston made its move in the third quarter, outscoring the Rebels 16-9 to move on top 31-28 heading into the fourth stanza.

But the Rebels rallied late in the fourth to push the game to a first overtime, which ended with the teams knotted up at 43-43.

The Bearcats then dominated the second overtime period to earn the seven-point win.

Ruston also dominated on the board, outrebounding the Rebels 41-25 while scoring 34 points in the paint.

Braylin McNeal double-doubled for the Bearcats with 21 points and 10 rebounds while Jamadrion Lillard added 13 points and eight boards.

Ruston 80, West Ouachita 22 (BOYS)

Thirteen different Bearcats added to the scoring total Friday night as Ruston smothered West Ouachita defensively to earn the 58-point margin of victory.

The Chiefs kept things tight early, trailing only 12-7 at the end of the first stanza before the Bearcats roared away in the second to take a 33-15 halftime lead.

Ruston then held West Ouachita to four points in the third quarter and three in the fourth to cruise to the District 2-5A win.

For a second straight game the Bearcats dominated on the boards, outrebounding the Chiefs 46-21.

Braylin McNeal scored 13 points to lead the Bearcats while Jamadrion Lillard added 12 and Aiden Anding chipped in with 11 for RHS.

Ruston 55, West Monroe 50 (GIRLS)

The Lady Bearcats saved their best for last Tuesday as Ruston outscored West Monroe 24-15 in the final stanza to earn the come-from-behind win.

Ruston started slow, trailing 11-6 at the end of the first quarter before rallying to take a 22-20 lead at halftime.

The Lady Rebels picked up the pace and outscored Ruston 15-9 in the third quarter to take a 35-29 advantage heading into the final stanza.

Strong rebounding helped Ruston grab the comeback win. The Lady Bearcats won the battle on the boards 40-34 and poured in 18 second-chance points.

Jaliyah McWain led RJS with 16 points while Emerald Parker added 15 and Kemiah Spencer chipped in with nine.

Ruston 65, West Ouachita 39 (GIRLS)

Emerald Parker double-doubled and three other Lady Bearcats scored in double figures Friday as Ruston won on the road at West Ouachita.

Ruston led 26-13 by halftime and capped off the game by outscoring the Lady Chiefs 23-12 in the final stanza.

Parker led the way for Ruston, totaling 11 points, 10 rebounds, two assists, three steals and four blocked shots.

Kemiah Spencer led Ruston scorers with 15 points while Zaccheya Jackson added 11 points and Jaliyah McWain chipped in with 10.

Lincoln Prep 68, Haynesville 20 (BOYS)

The Panthers took over early and never let up as Lincoln Preparatory School crushed Haynesville on the road.

D’Mitry Payne led the Panthers with 10 points while adding two steals.

Messiah Spann added to the Panthers’ efforts with nine points and three steals while Brandon Heard chipped in with eight points, four assists, three rebounds and a steal.

Ja’kyren Montgomery and Kobe Mack also played key roles for the Panthers with seven points each.

Lincoln Prep 63, Arcadia 47 (BOYS)

Lincoln Prep started slow but turned things up in the second stanza to wrap its District 1-1A season with a home win over Arcadia.

Bralyn Mayfield connected on all seven of his shots from the floor and all three of his free-throw attempts to lead the Panthers with 20 points.

Emanuel Bryant double-doubled for Lincoln Prep with 13 points and  13 rebounds, along with six assists, a steal and a blocked shot.

Choudrant 67. Quitman 54 (BOYS)

Chris Williams led the way with 10 points while Lachlan Thompson netted three 3-pointers and totaled 16 points to add to the Aggies’ efforts as Choudrant won at Quitman on Tuesday.

Parker Batterton and Jackson Case chipped in with nine points each for the Aggies.

Choudrant 70, Weston 54 (BOYS)

The Aggies led 19-8 by the end of the first quarter and controlled the game the rest of the way as Choudrant won at Weston Friday night.

Chris Williams and Trey Harris both ignited for the Aggies, with Williams totaling 27 points while Harris chipped in with 21.

Choudrant 64, Weston 54 (Girls)

Kylee Portilloz double-doubled with 21 points and 18 rebounds as Choudrant closed out regular season play with a win over Weston.

Ally Thomas chipped in with 18 points for the Lady Aggies while Mattie Johnson added 12.

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