Jonesboro-Hodge beat Saline 72-68 and 53-45 in boys and girls action on Thursday then split contests against North Caddo and Castor in representative district on Friday. The Tigers outscored Saline 41-28 in the second half, that included a game changing 19-9 advantage in the final quarter to rally for the victory.
Ethan Roberts scored 8 for Saline and Stephen Brown added six but the Tigers countered with seven players making baskets, including three points each by Cameron Joe and Chase Leonard to bring the quarter to a close at 16 apiece. Saline’s two Titus’s (Malone and Jackson) scored 7 & 6 in the second frame and Brown added five more as the Bobcats took a 40-31 lead into the break. Tydre Malone came alive with ten in the third assisted by seven from Ajay Tew and five by Jarrious Lumkin to help JHHS crawl closer to 59-53 setting up the finishing rally fueled by six from Joe, four each from Tew and Leonard, three from Malone and Devontae Mozee and a free throw from Savantez Phillips.
In the girls game, Xabrianna Jackson scored 32 for the Lady Tigers to lead all scorers and lift JHHS to their fourth victory in five games since new head coach Kris Cash took over the team. Georgia Robinson scored 19 points for Saline who dropped their eighth game in the last nine.
Lady Tigers win district opener
Coming into the district 1-2A opener against North Caddo, new JHHS girls coach Kris Cash had pushed all the right buttons since he took over the team at the beginning of January. The result was that after ending 2021 with a 2-10 record the Lady Tigers had won four of the five game’s they had played including taking victories over Class 4A Neville and Class 2A Winnfield, who had lost only once all season.
Cash once again proved his coaching worthiness as the “second season” surge continued on Friday with the 46-28 victory. The victory improved the JHHS record to 7-12 and more importantly 1-0 in 1-2A play. North Caddo, fell to 1-1 in district play and 8-11 overall.
Xabrianna Jackson has been averaging over 30 points per game of late but from watching film of North Caddo he knew that the Lady Titans would have a player shadow Jackson to try and take her out of her game. The Lady Titans played a “box and one” defense all game which is where one player stayed with Jackson all game and the other four played in a zone on the corners of the paint.
“I told the girls that it was going to be important that they look for their shot and not expect Xabrianna to do all the scoring,” said Cash. “Give North Caddo credit for doing what they tried to do but give our girls credit for stepping up like we needed them to.”
Anyone who has seen her play knows that you can’t stop Jackson. That is one reason she is listed as a “Player to Watch” in the Class of 2022 by Louisiana Girls Ranking (LGR). To their credit, North Caddo did as good a job on her as any all year to hold her to “just” 20 points but with Zymea Hoggro and LaRonda McGuire stepping up to score 12 and 8 points respectively, JHHS cruised to victory.
A’Jouriana Hoggro, Keasiah Andrews and Tyya Davis also tallied for the Tigers but it was the combined play of all on the defensive end that really made the difference. Utilizing an aggressive, 3/4 court trap after made baskets JHHS limited North Caddo to just four points in each of the first two quarters to surge to a 21-8 lead. The defense continued to apply the pressure in the second half and by games end the Lady Tigers had forced 39 turnovers and allowed just ten field goals.
|JHHS (7-12, 1-0)||12||9||17||10||46|
|NCHS (8-11, 1-1)||4||4||12||8||28|
Crucial Week ahead for J-H boys and girls
The most crucial week of the season takes place this week as JHHS will play three district games in four days. The week begins with a Monday game at Arcadia followed by a Tuesday tilt at D’Arbonne Woods Charter in Farmerville. For the girls, ten it is back-to-back games against Lakeside with the Lady Tigers hitting the road on Thursday and playing at home on Friday with the boys game following.
|1-2A Girls Standings||District||Overall|
|1-2A Boys Standings||District||Overall|
Tuesday: JHHS at D’Arbonne Woods
Thursday: JHHS at Lakeside (Grils Only)
Friday: Lakeside at JHHS
Lackluster Tigers Upset by North Caddo
Entering into the Tigers home district opener, JHHS was sporting a #4 ranking in Class AA. Their opponent, North Caddo was sitting at #31. Safe to say that the Tigers were favored to win. The problem with projections though is that if the favored team doesn’t play up to standard you can throw all those projections out the window.
That is exactly where the Tigers expected lead in district 1-2A play went as well after their lackluster performance led to a disappointing 67-55 loss. As result, JHHS is now ranked #7 and a game behind North Caddo, who is now undefeated after two games.
The deciding factor was the Tigers play in the first quarter. Ajay Tew made a three pointer and Justin Calahan added a basket but other than a free throw by Chase Leonard that was all the Tigers could muster as JHHS had more turnovers than points. Meanwhile North Caddo ran through the Tigers defense like water through a sieve to score 21 and take a commanding 15-point lead.
Six points by Tydre Malone, four from Cameron Joe and a pair of baskets by Javeon Andrews and Jarrious Lumkin helped the Tigers narrow the margin to 29-20 at the half. The Tigers would improve their scoring in the second half adding 15 in the third and 20 in the fourth period. It didn’t matter though as a needed stalwart defensive effort didn’t materialize leaving the Tigers hopelessly behind.
Malone led the Tigers with 19 followed by 12 from Justin Calahan. Tew scored 8, Andrews 6, Joe and Lumkin added 4 and Leonard made two points to round out the scoring. Omarrion Miller and J. Jackson did the damage for the Titans with a game high 28 and 17 points respectively.
|JHHS (10-5, 1-1)||6||14||15||20||55|
|NCHS (9-13, 2-0)||21||8||16||22||67|
Saline beats Castor for second district victory
The Saline offense scored early and often on Friday, building a 25-7 lead by the end of the first quarter in their 85-46 victory against Castor. Five players, led by 21 from Shawn Staggs, reached double figures and 11 players scored in all as the Bobcats set a new season high in points. Ethan Roberts and Titus Jackson scored 11 and both Titus Malone and Stephen Brown added ten each. Kenton Lee Crawford pitched in eight with five others getting at least two as head coach Klint Robinson cleared his bench in the second half.
With the win, Saline improves to 13-17 and 2-1 in District 1-B play. Castor falls to 5-22 overall and to 0-3 in league play. Both teams return to the court on Tuesday as Castor will face district 1B leader Doyline on the road and Saline will travel to Dodson.
To see a short video recap on the game that was aired by KTAL-TV in Shreveport click here: https://www.arklatexhomepage.com/sports/local-sports/nbc-6-blitz/saline-rolls-to-second-district-victory-over-castor/
Second half swoon dooms Lady Bobcats
The Castor Lady Tigers outscored Saline by 14 points in the second half to cruise to a 59-39 victory on Friday night. The victory vaulted Castor, 12-11 overall, to the top of district 1B with a 2-0 record while Saline falls to 7-21 and 1-2 in district play.
With Georgia Robinson, X. Lard and the Gray twins, Alana and Alaya scoring six points each in the first half Saline stayed close for two quarters. The second half was a different story as Castor rolled to 16-8 and 17-6 quarter advantages to win going away. Robinson led the Lady Bobcats with 13 points, mainly as result of 9-12 shooting from the free throw line. Alaya Gray also reached double digits with 11.
To see a short video recap of the game click here:
District 1B Standings
Tuesday: Saline at Dodson, Castor at Doyline
Friday: Dodson at Castor, Doyline at Saline
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