Ruston Hoops Round-up: Boys sweep home tournament; girls face adversity with injuries

Photo Credit: Reggie McLeroy

By Kyle Roberts

The Ruston High School Bearcat boys team (13-1) swept through the Remington Butler Classic over the weekend, picking up wins over Carroll (55-34), Franklin Parish (75-52) and Neville (62-35).

“It was a great three days of play for us,” Ruston head coach Ryan Bond said. “I was very pleased. Friday, we came out very focused, and we needed to be against a good Franklin Parish team. It’s always fun to coach against Lonnie Cooper, my old Tech teammate. And I thought we did a much better job finding driving lanes in the second half against Carroll on Thursday.”

Senior Braylan McNeal lead Ruston in scoring all three nights, with a 28-point, 16-rebound performance against Neville Saturday night, a 20-point, 13-rebound night against Franklin Parish on Friday, and finished with 19 points against Carroll on Thursday. Jay Lillard scored 16 against Neville and 11 against Carroll.

The Bearcats return to action against Gibsland-Coleman (13-2) at home tonight, with tip-off set for 7 p.m. The Bearcats will have a break afterward before returning to action Dec. 29 against Wossman.

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For the girls, two starters in juniors A’Nyia Moore and Zaccheya Jackson have both suffered season-ending injuries. The Lady Bearcats lost two in a row on the road at the Walker Tournament, first 49-33 against Zachary on Friday, and then 39-38 against Brasly on Saturday.

“Every team is dealt different challenges every year,” Lady Bearcat head coach Meredith Graf said. “As hard it is to lose players to injuries, it provides an opportunity for other people to step up and grow. I thought our first couple games out with our new dealt hand had a lot of positives. We are a family. We will support our injured players as they recover and they will continue to play a very significant role as we continue our season. I know a lot of good will come this. I look forward to watching my team continue to grow.”

Junior Jaliyah McWain scored in double-digits both nights with 11 against Zachary and then 20 against Brasley.

The Lady Bearcats will tip-off against Gibsland-Coleman tonight at 5:30 p.m.


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