All three Jackson Parish schools split their boys and girls played on Monday and Tuesday while neighboring Saline continued their pre-holiday surge by earning a sweep. JHHS and Quitman both played home games, but in an ironic twist of fate, it was against each other with the JHHS boys and QHS girls winning. Weston and Saline hit the road with the Wolves making the long trip for Stanley where the girls gained revenge of an earlier season loss and the boys lost while the Bobcats proved unruly guests at D’Arbonne Woods in Farmerville by sweeping the Division III “select” school.
JHHS 65 Quitman 45: (boys) On the strength of a season-best 30 points second quarter, Jonesboro-Hodge waltzed their way to the 20-point victory in the contest where “home” was more “home” for the team that has always called the court “home.” With the victory, JHHS improved to 5-4 on the year, while Quitman dropped to 11-6 in their final scheduled contest of the calendar year.
The Tigers led 15-5 at the end of one, but it was season-best standards of six 3-pointers and 12 field goals that paced JHHS to a commanding 45-18 lead at the break. The damage was done by Ajay Tew and Edward Beard who both made a pair of treys each with Jarrius Lumpkin and Jaylin Barnes adding a “bomb” to go along with a pair of baskets by Zion Gray and Savantez Phillips.
Lumpkin would add six second-half points to give him a career-best 17 to lead eight players who scored for the Tigers. Gray and Phillips also reached double digits in scoring with 13 and 11. Tew ended with 8, Beard scored 6 and Symeon Malone had five, followed by Barnes with three and two points from Cameron Leonard.
Quitman was led by the one-two punch of Logan Ponder and Eli Walker who scored all but seven of the points scored by the Wolverines. Ponder ended with 22 and Walker 16, including four treys. Gavyn Caskey had three and both Brayden Smith and Noah Leach added a basket.
Quitman 44 JHHS 20: (Girls) Bethany Leach and Brayli Stewart scored 12 points each and Cali Deal snared 11 rebounds to go with her 5 assists and four points as Quitman ran away from the Lady Tigers.The contest was over early as Quitman raced to a 12-2 first quarter lead that they stretched to 27-9 at the half. Summer Grillette continued her pre-holiday stat surge with 8 points and 8 rebounds. Emma Carter posted six points and six steals and Ansley Folks made a basket. No individual stats were available for JHHS. With the victory Quitman improves to 13-4 while JHHS fell to 2-7.
Weston 46 Stanley 33: (Girls) After a defensive struggle left Stanley holding a 17-13 lead after two periods of play, Weston came roaring out of the break to outscore the home team 33-16 and even the season series between the two as both schools won a road game. The fourth victory in a row lifted the Lady Wolves to an area-best 16-4 while Stanley dropped to 6-10 on the year. Stanley had no answer for Briley Peterson who posted a “double-double” of 14 points and 14 boards. Jessica Newton also came up big with 12 points, 8 rebounds, and 6 blocks. Emma Kate McBride had 8 points, followed by both Lexie Millien and Lainee Trosclair with four each. Nadia Siadek grabbed six rebounds and scored a basket.
Stanley 66 Weston 43: (Boys) By giving Weston just their second loss in the last six games, Stanley swept the season series in the Wolves final contest of the calendar year. The defeat drops the Wolves to 7-11 on the season while Stanley improves to 11-5. No statistics were available at press time.
Saline 60 D’Arbonne Woods 39: (Boys) The tale to two seasons in the first half of one continued as Saline ends the pre-Christmas holiday break by winning their sixth game out of the last seven. With the victory the Bobcats now sit at 7-10 on the year after beginning the season bylosing 8 of their first nine games. Wesley Crawford burned DWC for four first half three pointers on his way to a game high 22 points while freshman phenom, Gavon Dailey, also reached double figures with 16. D.J. Rager-Ridley scored 9, Conner Roberts had 4, TreyVon Colvin 3, Maddox Williams and Will Dyson tallied two and both Shawn Staggs and Jacob Jones made a free throw. D’Arbonne Woods remained winless on the year after nine games.
Saline 48 D’Arbonne Woods 35: (Girls) The Lady Bobcats are also enjoying a pre holiday renissance of their own by winning their third straight after losing 11 of their first 12 games. Making the resurgance all the more impressive is that all three wins came at the expense of schools from a higher classification. Alana Gray turned in the first “triple-double” of among area players with a monster performance of 16 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists, while twin sister Alaya chipped in with 13 points. X Lard also reached double digits with 11 followed by Kasidy Sims with 4, Cenada Weathers scoring 3 and Sydney Thomas making a basket.
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