New weapons emerge for Lady Tigers

It was no surprise that Jonesboro-Hodge handily beat D’Arbonne Woods 55-24 this past Tuesday. Even though the Lady Tigers entered the contest with only a 7-13 overall record, every loss but one had come against a team with a winning record and ranked highly in their respective class.

Added to the fact is that since the first of the year when new head coach, Kris Cash took over the Lady Tigers have made a tremendous turnaround and compiled a 7-2 record after a 2-10 start to the season. D’Arbonne Woods, on the other hand had won only two of their first thirteen contests and those were against teams that had a combined 5-29 record.

As expected, star guard, Xabrianna Jackson led JHHS in scoring with 18 points. What was a surprise is the new offensive weapons that emerged as Ke’Asiah Andrews scored 14 and A’Joriana Hoggro added nine points. Also providing rare contributions were Jamauri Kimble with 3 and both Trinite Davis and Jeffreiuna Bradford with two. JHHS also got 3 points from Zymea Hoggro, and two each from LeRhonda McGuire and Sydney Malone as nine players in all tallied. 

Tigers empty bench in 63-28 romp

After taking a 33-18 lead into the half the Tigers exploded for 22 third quarter points to put the game away allowing head coach Allen Tew to empty his bench in the district 1-2A mismatch. Justin Calahan scored 20 points in three quarters of action to lead ten Tigers in scoring. Savantez Phillips added nine and Ajay Tew eight, followed by Javeon Andrews and Tydre Malone scoring five each. Devontae Mozee and Edward Beard chipped in with four, Jarrius Lumpkin and Aiden Price scored three and Zion Gray made a basket as JHHS improved to 12-5 overall and 2-1 in district play to remain a game behind North Caddo. 

Lady Wolverines remain undefeated in 1B play

Simsboro stayed close for two quarters but a 24-7 third quarter advantage blew the game open and lifted Quitman to the 62-43 victory. The victory improved the Lady Wolverines record to 21-8 overall and a perfect 3-0 in district 1B. The game featured the best performance of the season from emerging star Cali Deal who throttled the Lady Tigers with 26 points and 10 rebounds. Bethany Leach added 13 and Brayli Stewart 10 with Emma Carter pitching in 6, Ansley Folks 5 and Summer Grillette two. Despite a game high 30 points from Ikea Brown, Simsboro, dropped their first district contest of the year and fell to 8-16 overall. 

Strong second half by Simsboro dooms Quitman

For a half the Wolverines played Class B’s top ranked team close, trailing by only a 34-29 margin. Then Simsboro, caught fire to score 51 points in the second half to blow past Quitman 85-52. The loss was the second against one victory in district play basically removing any district title aspirations and dropping the Wolverines to 15-14 overall. Luke Morgan scored a season best 14 for Quitman with Logan Ponder adding 11 and Ty Simonelli adding 8. John Pabaya scored 7 and LD Manning chipped in with six as well. Blake Carter and Riley Duck also scored two to round out the Wolverines scoring. 

Lady Wolves take down Choudrant 47-41

Weston got their first district win of the year via a strong second and third quarter defensive effort. Choudrant remained winless in 1B play after scoring only 12 points combined in the quarters on either side of the half. Briley Peterson led Weston with 18 points and Emma Kate McBride chipped in 12, all but four coming in the second half. Lakerria Austin added six and Jessica Newton and Lainee Troscliar made four apiece. Mary Catherine Hay tallied two. 

Wolves still winless in district play

Simsboro’s Shamarian Brantley made seven of his nine three pointers in the first two quarters and Weston allowed a season high 60 points in the first half in the 95-43 loss. In the contest that was played on Saturday, Brantley would finish with a game high 31 points as the Tigers made it a sweep of Jackson Parish teams to improve to 24-3 overall and a perfect 4-0 in district 1B play. The loss kept Weston still searching for their first district victory after four games games despite a 15 points effort from Mitchel Mathews and receiving 10 from Eli McBride. A season best 8 points from Jude Otwell was also a bright spot for the Wolves who dropped their fifth straight to fall to 11-17 overall. 

Against Choudrant on Tuesday, Weston took a 29-26 lead into the break only to see the Aggies explode for 53 second half points to win by a 79-49 margin. Five players scored for the Wolves led by 13 from Davis Tolar and 10 each by Seth Peterson and Kaden Shirley. Ryan Feirn added 8 and Eli McBride made five. Case Jackson led Choudrant with 14 and allowed the Aggies to stay one game back of Simsboro in the district 1B standings.

Saline boys stay within striking distance

A 31-2 first quarter disadvantage sealed Dodson’s 26th loss of the season as the Bobcats ran away with a 78-31 victory. An amazing 14 players scored for Saline who stayed one game back of district leader Doyline with their third district victory in four tries. Stephen Brown and Shawn Staggs led the way with 11 and 10 each followed by Ethan Roberts, D.J. Ragen-Ridley and Tavon Dailey adding 8 each. The two Titus’s, Malone and Jackson, scored six each Kenton Lee Crawford and Eli Fegurson made four and Shane Hough tallied three. Treyvon Colvin, JaCourtney Loyd, Za’Sean Foster and Jacob Jones rounded out the scoring with two each. Dodson was led by eight points from Dylan Box.

Saline girls keep Dodson winless 

Dodson fell for the 26th straight time after failing to score in the first quarter to trail by 23 to Saline, who despite sporting only an 8-21 overall record, drew even at 2-2 in district play with the62-45 victory.  Georgia Robinson scored 23 to lead the Lady Bobcats who also got 12 each from the Gray twins, Alaya and Alana. Ava Toms added five and Lindsey Macynski scored two. 


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