Ruston hoops win both Tuesday games at Pineville

Photo credit: Reggie McLeroy

Both Ruston High basketball teams took wins Tuesday night on the road in district contests at Pineville with the girls winning 43-22 and the boys following with a 69-55 victory.

After the Lady Bearcats trailed 8-7 at the end of the first quarter, Ruston responded by outscoring the Lady Rebels 36-14 for the remainder of the game.

“Tonight was not our best night but you are always thankful for a win,” Ruston head coach Meredith Graf said of the slow start. “We did not shoot well and our energy was lacking. We take pride in our ability to give great effort and it just wasn’t there tonight. I expect for my team to refocus and get back to our style of basketball in our next outing.”

Junior Jaliyah McWain led all scorers for the night with 23 points.

On the boys’ side, junior Lontravious Dimmer dropped five three-pointers to finish with 31 points, while sophomore Aidan Anding added four three-pointers on the night en route to a 22-point performance.

“We made a great effort all night,” Bearcat head coach Ryan Bond said. “The guys stepped up with two starters out. I thought Aidan and Lontravious were huge tonight for us.”

Both teams will remain on the road for Friday matchups at Alexandria Senior High.