When Clara Womack and Bethany Leach start dropping bombs it usually means bad luck for their opponent. That was the case this past Friday night as both nailed four, 3-pointers in the first three quarters to lift Quitman to a resounding 58-36 victory over D’Arbonne Woods. The victory which ran the Lady Wolverines record to a sterling 12-2 was the fifth in six games against teams from higher classifications.
Six points from Brayli Stewart, who finished with 10 and was one of four Lady Wolverines to score double digits and five from 8th-grader Cali Deal, who added 11 on the night, was instrumental in pacing Quitman to a 17-11 first quarter lead with Womack and Leach both adding a three pointer.
Womack, who led Quitman with 18 points was the first to do serious damage to the Lady Timberwolves, who fell to 2-8 on the season, with a pair of threes and 10 points in the second to help lift Quitman to a commanding 33-16 lead at the break. After the break it was Leach, who finished with 15, dealing the pain with her third and fourth trey’s of the contest allowing head coach Kyle Leach to empty his bench in the final frame.
QHS (12-2) 17 16 13 12 – 58
DWC (2-8) 11 5 8 12 – 36
QHS scoring: Womack 18, Leach 15, Deal 11, Stewart 10, Williams 2, Vail 2
DWC scoring: Skains 10, Skoskie 7, Fine 6, Hayes 5, Newcomb 4, Phelps 2, Smith 2
Balanced attack leads Weston to dominating win
The season has reverted into “crazy eights” for Weston as for the 8th time Weston has even their record which now stands at 8 -8 after the dominating 66-24 victory over hapless Kilbourne, who dropped their 12th consecutive game without a victory.
Unable to keep up with the faster Lady Wolves, Kilbourne immediately resorted to fouling early on an attempt to keep things close. In the first quarter the strategy worked well with Weston making only five of ten charity shots to allow Kilbourne to head into the second tied at ten. The second frame was a different story as Weston made four of seven free throws and Kilbourne saw their strategy backfire as key players started getting in foul trouble. That allowed the Lady Wolves to make eight baskets in the frame, including a three pointer by Emma Kate McBride as Weston broke things open by a 31-16 margin.
It was all Weston in the second half as the Lady Wolves outscored Kilbournne35-8 to cruise to the victory. Eight players tallied for Weston led by McBride’s 16 and 10 from Briley Peterson. Mary Catherine Hay and Lainee Trosclair added nine each with Lakerria Austin chipping in with eight. Lexi Barmore and Cameron Rushing scored six and Jacie Ledford made a basket to round out the scoring.
WHS (8-8) 10 21 22 13 – 66
KHS (0-12) 10 6 5 3 – 24
WHS scoring: McBride 16, Peterson 10, Hay 9, Trosclair 9, Austin 8, Barmore 6, Rushing 6, Ledford 2
KHS scoring: Allen 9, Allen 4, Baker 3, Shotts 3, Pardon 2, Smih 2, Rauls 1
Ruston runs away from Jonesboro-Hodge
Much taller and deeper Ruston ran away with an easy 60-27 victory saddling J-H head coach Brittani Fields with her second worst loss as the Lady Tigers head coach. It also marked the second game in a row that the Lady Tigers have been held under 30 points and only the third time in the last two years.
Chamya Waters helped J-H keep stay close to the 14-4 Lady Bearcats in the first half that saw Ruston go into the half with a 20-25 lead, by scoring 9 of her team tying high 11 points. Ruston’s depth proved to be simply too much for J-H to overcome in the second half. Eight players scored a combined 40 points to just 12 from J-H who had only eight players dress out and lost normal leading scorer Xabrianna Jackson midway through the second half to a hand injury.
RHS (14-4) 12 8 16 24 – 60
JHHS (6-3) 6 9 7 5 – 27
JHHS scoring: Waters 11, Jackson 11, Hoggro 3, Malone 2
RHS scoring: Evans 12, Spencer 12, J. McWain 11, Foster 9, Hintze 7, Jackson 4, K. McWain 2, McCallister 2
Weston girls drop second straight
Six times prior this year Weston won the next game after losing one. That streak ended this past Tuesday evening when the Lady Wolves fell to Castor 55-48 for a second straight loss. Emma Kate McBride did all she could to keep the dubious streak alive by nailing three trey’s and finishing with a game high 21 points but slow starts to the first and third quarters where Weston scored only 8 and 7 points spelled doom.
Weston, who dropped to 7-8 on the year, struggled to score for three quarters but did finish the game strong with 21 fourth quarter points bolstered by 8 points from Lakerria Austin’s, who finished with 11 and four of Briley Peterson’s eight points scored in the game. Mary Catherine Hay went 4 of 5 from the free throw line in the first half and Lainee Trosclair nailed a third quarter, trey to round out the scoring.
Led by 18 points from Kaylyn Long, Castor placed three players in double figures and almost had a fourth to even their season slate at 4-4 with a fourth straight win. Kalena Smith added 14 followed by 10 from Ambree Collinsworth and nine from Emma Guice. K. Vise added four first quarter points.
WHS (7-8) 8 12 7 21 – 48
CHS (4-4) 13 12 13 17 – 55
WHS scoring: McBride 21, Austin 11, Peterson 8, Hay 4, Trosclair 3
CHS scoring: Long 18, Smith 14, Collinsworth 19, Guice 9, Vise 4
Big first half propels Quitman past Saline
Quitman became the first girls team in the Jackson Parish Journal coverage area to reach ten wins on the season by racing out to a 40-11 halftime lead in their 62-36 victory over neighboring Saline. The Lady Wolverines improved to 10-2 on the year while Saline is still searching for their first victory after five games.
Bethany Leach scored 17 of her game high 21 points, including four 3-pointers, in the first half to pave the way to the early bulge.
Also helping was Brayli Stewart, who added 8 of her 10 on the night and Cali Deal, who scored six of her total eight in the first two quarters. Quitman also got 11 points from Clara Womack with 11 while Maddie Vail added four and Emma Carter, Ansley Folks, M.K. Brymer and Taylor Harvey scored two each.
The loss overshadowed a career best scoring performance by Georgia Robinson who led Saline with 20 points. Additional contributors were Alana Gray with six and Skylar Hough who made four along. Ava Toms added a trey and Hannah Leggett scored two.
QHS (10-2) 14 26 18 4 – 62
SHS (0-5) 3 8 8 16 – 36
QHS scoring: Leach 21, Womack 11, Stewart 10, Deal 8, Vail 4, Hainey 2, Carter 2, Folks 2, Brymer 2
SHS scoring: Robinson 20, Gray 6, Hough 4, Toms 3, Leggett 2
Lady Tigers misfire against Neville
It had been 32 day since Jonesboro-Hodge played their last game before this past Tuesday night’s contest and it showed as the Lady Tigers couldn’t buy a basket in their 40-26 loss to Class 4A Neville. The point total is the least ever in second year head coach Brittani Fields tenure and marks only the third time in the past decade that so few were scored.
Only nine shots found their way through the nets for J-H, who entered the contest as the 5th ranked team in Class 2A according to the latest LHSAA rankings and dropped their second of the year against six victories. Neville, which is ranked 3rd in Class 4A improved to 9-2 on the season. Chamya Waters led J-H in scoring with 11 followed by ten from Xabrianna Jackson. Zymea Hoggro added three and Sydney Malone a deuce to round out the scoring.
JHHS (6-2) 8 5 7 6 – 26
NHS (9-2) 13 10 11 6 – 40
JHHS scoring: Waters 11, Jackson 10, Hoggro 3, Malone 2
NHS scoring: Howard 17, Briggs 13, Hardin 8, Anderson 2
Additional area action:
In other area action from this past Tuesday Lincoln Parish went 2-1 on the night with Ruston and Simsboro taking one-sided victories and Choudrant paying the price for playing up in classification. Ruston won their seventh straight and improved to 13-4 by running roughshod over Richwood by a 62-29 count while Simsboro beat Summerfield 49-19. For Class B Choudrant it was a matter of losing and winning as the Lady Aggies dropped the contest West Ouachita 54-37 but won good power points by taking on the Class 5A opponent.