Bossier Bearkats march on to semis

Bossier Bearkats march on to semis


Bossier Bearkats march on to semis


Bossier used accurate long-range shooting and stifling pressure Friday to pull away from Plain Dealing for a 48-33 win.

After the Lions closed an eight-point halftime gap to 23-22, the Bearkats (10-6) went on a 17-5 run to grab a commanding 40-27 lead early in the fourth quarter.

Bossier’s Devante Hall hit one of his six 3-pointers during the run and scored five of his game-high 22 points.

“When shots are falling, everything gets easier,” Hall said. “We’ve got to continue to be creative and get the rest of the team into it.”

Four different players scored during the run, including Darius Leary, who scored all eight of his points during the spurt.

Bossier scored eight of its points off turnovers during the run as the pressure affected Plain Dealing in the second half.

Six of Bossier’s seven first-half field goals were 3-pointers, and the Bearkats finished with 11 long-range buckets.

“Plain Dealing does a good job of matching up in that zone, and we’re still trying to find ourselves against zone defenses,” said Bossier coach Jeremiah Williams. “Sometimes we get a little ancy and don’t move the ball like we should.

“But the points off turnovers got us going offensively at times.”

The Lions (10-6) were led by Tray Harris (12 points) and Chiner Long (eight points).

Lejerico Moss added 10 points for Bossier.

The Bearkats will face Byrd in the semifinals at 11 a.m. while Orr Academy of Chicago and Natchitoches Central will square off in the other semifinals at 12:30 p.m. at Bossier High. The championship game will take place at 7:30 p.m.

Byrd 74, Huntington 73

Huntington’s Brandon Sheppard blocked two shots in the last 30 seconds, but Byrd wouldn’t be denied a third time.

Chad Lott attacked the basket and made a shot with two seconds left to lift Byrd to the win.

Lott scored a game-high 31 points (10 in the fourth quarter) while Sheppard added 22 points in front of a capacity crowd at Bossier High gym in which they turned away people who tried to enter the gym in the fourth quarter.

“Honestly it’s one of the biggest wins this season,” said Todd Johnson, who has filled in as head coach for his father Rusty for the second game because of a family emergency. “This was a respect game because we felt like we haven’t been getting and I think we got it tonight on this stage.

“We have faith in Chad and this team on the last play. This young team has really matured quickly, and we have confidence in late-game situations.”

The lead flipped four times in the last three minutes. Huntington took a 71-70 lead after an Aaron Roberson bucket and a Jakobi Malone free throw.

Byrd retook the lead with a Montrey Thomas jumper but Malone gave the Raiders back the 73-72 edge with a bucket before the final possession.

For Byrd (16-1), Thomas scored 14 points while David Holmes (12 points) and Kory Ashley (10 points) scored in double figures. Kadavion Evans scored 13 points while Aldon Kelly, Jr., added 11 points for Huntington (14-2).

Natchitoches Central 77, Northwood 39

The Chiefs broke open the game in the second quarter to take a 16-point halftime lead and never looked back.

Four Chiefs scored in double figures as NCHS scored a siginificant amount in transition and on the offensive glass.

Austin Guy (17 points), Ricky Metoyer (16 points), Keyth Johnson (12 points) and D.J. Jones (11 points) led the Chiefs.

Northwood’s Martavious Washington (13 points) and Trey Walker (10 points) reached double figures.

Orr (Chicago) 73, Parkway 34

A 24-point second quarter propelled Orr Academy to a big win Friday.

Marlon Jones led all scorers with 17 points while Lou Adams (12 points) and Demtrus Dortch contributed.

The Spartans broke open a 19-13 lead with a 24-6 second quarter.

Parkway’s Juwon Johnson scored nine points while Brodrick Jefferson added eight points.


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