Lady Bearcats struggle with adversity at St. Thomas More Tournament

Photo Credit: Reggie McLeroy

Ruston’s Lady Bearcat basketball team was unable to come home with a win after traveling to the St. Thomas More tournament in Lafayette, La., this past week.

“We had a tough two days versus some tough competition,” Ruston head coach Meredith Graf said. “We played really well at times and saw some good things and growth, but it just wasn’t consistent enough.”

After losing a starter to illness and then another to injury in the second game, the tough competition proved too much as Ruston went 0-3 earlier in the week.

Ruston dropped contests by final scores of 45-35 to Hathaway, 45-38 to Sam Houston, and 58-35 to South Beauregard.

Scoringwise, sophomore Kiersynce McNeal led Ruston against Hathaway with 11 points, while junior Jaliyah McWain scored 10. In the Sam Houston game, McWain led the Lady Bearcats with 13 points, while junior A’Nyia Moore scored 10. Against South Beauregard, junior Aakeyliah Jones led the way with 10 points. 

“We definitely had to adapt and learn quickly,” Graf said. “As tough as it was, we will be better for the experience.”

Both Ruston basketball squads return to action Tuesday, Nov. 29, at home to take on Bossier. Varsity girls starts at 5:30 p.m., while the varsity boys will begin at 7 p.m.