PINEVILLE — There were a couple of goals that Pineville coach Tiffany Edmundson had for her team Wednesday.
Use its size to its advantage and let junior center Krystal Freeman go to work.
The Lady Rebels did both as they kept Menard at bay for a 41-19 victory to push their winning streak to four games.
“We said that at shootaround today,” Edmundson said. “Give Krystal the ball and we thought that she could score at will because of her height advantage. I thought that she did a good job.”
With no one in the paint to contain her, the 6-foot-3 Freeman scored 22 points and grabbed a number of rebounds, as Pineville attacked the Lady Eagle bigs inside.
Menard (5-5) did its best to limit its possessions by slowing the game down and winning the game from behind the 3-point arc, but the Lady Rebel defense locked down, giving the visiting team nothing to work with.
Pineville (4-3) held the Lady Eagles to one 3-pointer — a shot made by junior point guard Maddie Smith that gave them a 5-4 advantage midway through the first quarter.
“We were having to talk them through where all of their players were on our end of the floor,” Edmundson said. “So we focused in on them — communicating on the defensive end to make the statement of where their shooters were and I thought that we did a good job on the defensive end of keeping their shooter in check because I know that is their strength.”
The Lady Rebels are off Thursday, before concluding the McDonald’s Invitational with Jena Friday and Woodlawn of Shreveport Saturday. Menard faces the Lady Giants Thursday and Avoyelles Saturday — both games at Pineville.
BOSSIER 50, NATCHITOCHES CENTRAL 47: Natchitoches Central nearly rallied back from a 48-41 deficit with 66 seconds left to play, but it suffered a 50-47 defeat to the hands of Bossier Wednesday at The Reservation in Tioga.
“We didn’t do what we needed to do,” Chiefs coach Micah Coleman said. “We missed layups. We weren’t tough with the ball in our hands. We didn’t go chase down tough rebounds. Bossier made all those kinds of plays, their kids inside were really tough around the basket. They made tough shots and got loose balls.”
NCHS (4-2) was led by senior power forward Austin Guy, who scored 22 points, while junior point guard Brandon Rachal added 10 points. Bossier’s (6-2) top scorer was Antonio Davis with 17 points, followed by Larry Robinson’s 14 points.
The Chiefs are off Thursday before big showdowns with Tioga and Leesville to conclude the McDonald’s Invitational.
At Pineville (Main Gym)
3 p.m. — Peabody vs. Rapides (girls)
4:15 p.m. — Menard vs. Jena (girls)
5:30 p.m. — Winnfield vs. Leesville (boys)
6:45 p.m. — Ouachita vs. Winnfield (girls)
8 p.m. — Pineville vs. Rapides (boys)
At Pineville (girls gym)
4 p.m. — Buckeye vs. Grant (boys)
5:15 p.m. — Avoyelles vs. Grant (girls)
6:30 p.m. — Teurlings Catholic vs. Northwood (boys)
7:45 p.m. — Buckeye vs. Byrd (girls)
At Tioga High
3 p.m. — Avoyelles vs. Georgetown (boys)
4:15 p.m. — Avoyelles Charter vs. Georgetown (girls)
5:30 p.m. — Tioga vs. Northwood (girls)
6:45 p.m. — Avoyelles Charter vs. Jena (boys)
8 p.m. — Tioga vs. Bossier (boys)