With four games in three days, Leesville coach Carl Mastro wanted to utilize his deep bench and conserve his team’s energy.
The Wampus Cats built a big lead and defeated Winnfield, 74-56, Thursday.
Leesville (6-3) had three players in double-digits — Andre Brown with 12 points, Darrion Nabors with 11 and Cory McCoy with 10.
“We’re just a young team and we’re trying to get ready one game at a time,” Mastro said.
The pace favored both teams early, but the Wampus Cats locked down on Winnfield in the second and third quarters — leading 62-34 through three quarters before Mastro emptied his bench to finish the game.
“We have a tough week coming up. We’re playing a college schedule,” Mastro joked. “We want everybody to play, I don’t believe in running it up. We have a little bit of time to play Friday and Saturday.”
Winnfield’s leading scorer was J’Anthony Foster, who scored 18 points. Brandon Barton scored 15 points and knocked down four 3-pointers.
The Wampus Cats will face Bossier Friday before games against Northwood and Natchitoches Central. Winnfield (3-3) faces Sterlington Friday to conclude its participation in the McDonald’s Invitational.
JENA 35, MENARD 33: In a low-scoring matchup, Jena had to wait until the end of the game to celebrate its 35-33 victory over Menard.
Kerrigan Small led the Lady Giants with 17 points, while Menard junior Maddie Smith scored 12 points and made two 3-poniters.
“We played Menard in the Rapides Tournament and we came out sharp,” Lady Giants coach Kristi Perkins said. “We knew what we were facing, we knew what we were going to be looking at. They have very good shooters from the outside, no doubt. We just had to keep a level head, keep our poise and play our game, that’s the only thing that’s going to carry us through.”
Jena will face McDonald’s Invitational co-host Pineville at 6:15 p.m. Friday, before heading to Tioga to face Woodlawn of Shreveport at 9 a.m. Saturday. Menard is off Friday before facing Avoyelles Saturday.
TIOGA 48, BOSSIER 43: Tioga had a feeling of deja vu in its second encounter with Bossier.
Just 17 days after defeating the Bearkats, 60-55, in the City of Lights tournament in Natchitoches, the Indians played sound defense for a 48-43 victory.
De’Mon Ford led all scorers with 18 points.
“It’s really hard to beat a team twice,” Indians coach Lance Brasher said. “It’s extremely hard to beat a team with the quality of Bossier and the tradition that they have, especially with them coming off of a win against Natchitoches Central.”
Tioga will have a pair of a tough tests when it hosts NCHS Friday and Rapides Saturday.
At Pineville (Main Gym)
5 p.m. — Byrd vs. Winnfield (girls)
6:15 p.m. — Jena vs. Pineville (girls)
7:30 p.m. — Pineville vs. Northwood (boys)
At Pineville (Girls Gym)
5 p.m. — Woodlawn (Sheveport) vs. Peabody (girls)
6:15 p.m. — Leesville vs. Bossier (boys)
7:30 p.m. — Teurlings Catholic vs. Jena (boys)
At Tioga High
4 p.m. — Buckeye vs. Avoyelles Charter (girls)
5:15 p.m. — Buckeye vs. Georgetown (boys)
6:30 p.m. — Tioga vs. Georgetown (girls)
7:45 p.m. — Tioga vs. Natchitoches Central (boys)
At Tioga Junior High
4 p.m. — Northwood vs. Grant (girls)
5:15 p.m. — Grant vs. Avoyelles (boys)
6:30 p.m. — Avoyelles vs. Ouachita (girls)
7:45 p.m. — Winnfield vs. Sterlington (boys)