The first round of district games for the boys and girls teams in the Jackson Parish Journal coverage area drew to a close this Tuesday with one exception. Both squads from Jonesboro-Hodge will play D’Arbonne Woods on back-to-back nights this Thursday and Friday to make up for the game that was cancelled earlier last week due to COVID quarantine protocol.
On the boys side JHHS, Quitman and Saline find themselves a game back heading into games of Tuesday, January 1st in their respective districts while Weston and Dodson have a long row to hoe to get back into the title chase. Jonesboro-Hodge and Quitman are undefeated in girls district play and sit atop the standings while Weston, Saline and Dodson have all suffered two losses and are on the outside looking in.
Contests played on Tuesday found JHHS at D’Arbonne Woods, Quitman at Simsboro, Weston at Choudrant and Saline taking on Dodson. On Friday Quitman hosts Choudrant, Weston welcomes Simsboro and Saline will be at home with the boys hoping to avenge an earlier close loss to Doyline in the defacto district 1B championship game.
Due to publication deadlines full recaps of games played on Tuesday will be shown in the Sunday edition of the Jackson Parish Journal
JHHS splits with Arcadia on Monday
A trip to Arcadia was the right prescription to help the Jonesboro-Hodge boys get over their upset loss to North Caddo last Friday. For the girls, well……at least it wasn’t a district contest. The Tigers got back on the winning track by beating Arcadia 73-65 while the girls stumbled by a 67-51 margin.
It was a 20-10 second quarter advantage for JHHS that made the difference in the contest that saw JHHS put three players in double figures and tie their season best in points scored. Justin Calahan led the way with 20 followed by 17 from Devontae Mozee and 12 from Tydre Malone. Allen Tew scored 8, Savantez Phillips added 7 and Cameron “Smoke” Leonad chipped in with five for the Tigers who improved to 11-5 on the year. Arcadia fell to 6-14.
The Lady Tigers also had three players reach double figures but Arcadia, ranked 8th in Class A with a 14-9 schedule won every quarter to take the surprisingly easy victory. Ironically the loss is the second to a team from a lower classification, while J-H has beaten everyone in their class or above since Kris Cash took over at the beginning of the year.
Xabrianna Jackson led the way with her second straight 20-point effort with Zymea Hoggro pitching in 11 and Ke”Ashiah Andrews adding 10. J. Hauley and D. Alexander paced Arcadia with 28 and 19 points respectively.
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