Ruston basketball sweeps Friday ballgames on road

Photo Credit: Reggie McLeroy

By Kyle Roberts

Ruston High School’s basketball programs both won their final games before the start of District 2-5A play with the boys beating Jonesboro-Hodge 53-40 and the girls winning 54-16 over West Ouachita.

After trailing for most of the first half after a sluggish start, the Bearcats got what they needed in the third and fourth quarters thanks in part to junior Zhy Scott scoring nine second-half points.

“The guys picked up their intensity in the second half,” Bearcat head coach Ryan Bond said. “We need to be more focused for district play next week.”

Senior Braylan McNeal finished the night with 17 points and 14 rebounds, while junior Lontravious Dimmer scored 11 points.

On the girls’ side, the lopsided victory came after both junior Jaliyah McWain and sophomore Kiersynce McNeal scored 16 points apiece.

“I am proud of how we worked on aspects of our game that we needed to and everyone was ready when their number was called against West Ouachita,” Lady Bearcat head coach Meredith Graf said. “Our goal is to get better every game no matter the score. The start of district play is always exciting to me. It brings a different level of focus and competition. Every night will bring different challenges. “

District play begins for both teams at home Tuesday, Jan. 10, against West Monroe. The girls will tip off at 5:00 p.m., while the boys are scheduled to tip at 6:30 p.m.

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