In a rematch of the 2016 Jack Clayton Invitational in Haughton a few weeks ago, Captain Shreve coasted by Haughton for a second time this season, winning 79-37 in the District 1-5A contest in the Shreve gym.
Displaying the fast and furious pace they’ve developed under coach Keith Greene, the Lady Gators jumped out big lead and rolled behind a deadly scoring night from guard Dezyre Black. The junior pumped in 24 points to lead all scorers, while Shreve got 15 points from Aaliyah Stevenson and 12 from Kennedi Heard.
“We played more reserves tonight because we’re trying to build a deeper bench. You never know what might happen during the season,” Greene said. “We are trying to get as many players ready as possible.”
The Lady Gators (12-3) built a 36-16 advantage midway through the second quarter. After Stevenson got a part of steals and layups, along with a 3-pointer, the lead ballooned to 48-18 just before the first half ended.
There weren’t a lot of bright spots for the out-manned Lady Bucs, but Champagne Dennis led the way with 12 points, while Mayghan Myers added 10.
Both coaches emptied their benches early in the second half, so the score didn’t change much after the break. When Shreve’s Lon’niqua Johnson converted a 4-point play (fouled on a made 3-pointer), the score was 73-37 Lady Gators.
“We like to pressure a lot so we have a pretty good sized rotation,” Greene said. “Our main rotation is about 9 or 10 players deep.”
Shreve won the first meeting between the clubs 98-33.
Airline 37, Southwood 33: The defense of the Lady Vikings shut down the usually prolific Southwood offense in the District 1-5A opener. None of the Airline players managed double figures, while the Lady Cowboys were led by Sheniqua Coatney with 11 points.
Bossier 43; Mansfield 35: At Mansfield, the Lady Bearkats broke open a tight game with a 20-8 second quarter in getting past the Lady Wolverines. Kelcee Marshall led the way with 15 points, while Destiny Thomas added 13.
Evangel 63, Parkway 23: At Evangel, Tiara Young scored 18 points, Madison Laboy 15 and Breonna Frierson 17 for the Lady Eagles (16-4).
Benton 59, Byrd 47: Emily Ward scored 23 points and Qua Chambers added 21 for the Lady Tigers. Byrd was led by Shelexis Daniels (16 points), Taisheka Porschia (13) and Shatorn Baylor (13).
Loyola 50, Southwood 47: At Southwood, despite scoring just 4 points in the third quarter, the Flyers were able to hold on and win the road contest. Tony Dorsey dropped in 20 points and Jalen Peterson added 11 for Loyola. The Cowboys were led by Courtney Moore with 17 points and Yancey Kelly with 13.
Bossier 73, Mansfield 51: The Bearkats held the Wolverines to just 13 first-half points in winning handily. Jacoby Decker tossed in 16 points and Chris Davenport added 10 for Bossier. Mansfield was led by Nijil Canada with 14 points.
Lakeside 54, Northwood 48: At Northwood, behind 20 points from Michael Bradford, Lakeside ran its record to 9-5 on the season. Northwood fell to 2-10. Twitter: @JimmyWatson6