North Webster coach Rodney Thrash feared serious injury when he saw leading scorer Montavious Smith fall into the first row of bleachers during the Knights’ overtime loss to Bossier on Tuesday.
Smith suffered bruised ribs after emergency personnel took the junior to a nearby hospital during the third quarter.
“There are no cracks or breaks … but it was definitely scary,” Thrash said. “He and a Bossier player were going for a ball, and (Montavious) was a little off-balanced and there was a little bit of contact.
“He fell, and his rib cage hit the bottom bleacher. It was hurting him to breathe, and he was grimacing when we tried to sit him up. We were thinking if he had cracked a rib, we didn’t want to move him because we didn’t want to puncture a lung.”
Thrash said Smith wasn’t at school Wednesday and will likely miss the rest of the week. He added he’s not sure when Smith will return to basketball.
Bossier (17-7, 4-0 1-3A District) extended its district winning streak to 54 games with the overtime win and has the upper hand in district with North Webster visiting Bossier in the second half.
The Bearkats have won seven straight games and entered Tuesday’s game No. 4 in the LHSAA Class 3A unofficial power ratings.
“Devonte Hall (31 points), he knows how to take over a game and when, and that’s what he did,” Thrash said. “Everybody thought Bossier would be down after losing all those players last year, and they are just a little, but those guys they’ve got this year just get after it and don’t stop.
“(Coach Jeremiah Williams) shouldn’t be in the high school ranks much longer.”
Four North Webster starters were fouled out or injured by the end of the overtime contest, and Thrash said even in a loss, his team improved.
“There ain’t no moral victories … but we need games like that,” Thrash said. “We’ve had some 25- and 30-point wins, and we don’t want to lose but we want to get better for a state championship run.
“The bench is definitely pleased with the way they performed even though they are disappointed with the loss.”
North Webster (17-8, 3-1) had won eight of nine games before the loss, including beating Bossier 60-55 in the Doc Edwards Tournament. The Knights entered Tuesday’s game ranked No. 14 in the Class 3A power ratings.
North Caddo on a roll
Lakeview is still the unequivocal favorite in District 1-2A, but North Caddo (6-15, 3-1) is emerging as the second-best team after the Rebels beat Lakeside 59-39 on Tuesday.
The Rebels were just 3-14 entering district play, but they’ve knocked off Homer, Calvary and now Lakeside in district play with a 92-55 loss to Lakeview.
“We lost a lot of close games, and we’ve had some eligibility issues,” said North Caddo coach Ron Meikle. “But now we’re playing other (Class 2A) teams, and we’re playing together and we’re playing better.”
“We are without our best player right now, but if we get him back, we can be pretty good.”
Loyola’s Kennedy pours in 43
Loyola’s 83-76 overtime win against Northwood featured two of the area’s better scorers.
The Flyers’ Dominique Kennedy scored 43 points, the highest individual point total in the area reported to The Times this season.
Northwood’s Martavious Washington countered with 35 points, but the Flyers pulled away in the overtime period.
The Flyers (16-7, 3-2) are in the top half of a competitive District 1-4A, which Huntington (19-2, 5-0), Fair Park (13-10, 4-1) and Minden (16-6, 4-1) lead.
Loyola has lost to Huntington and Minden and will host Fair Park on Friday. The Flyers entered Tuesday’s game at No. 29 in the LHSAA Class 4A power ratings while Northwood (11-12, 2-3) sat at No. 38.