Jonesboro-Hodge was the last school in the Jackson Parish Journal coverage area to begin the prep girls and boys basketball season. They will now be the first to enter into district play. Both varsity squads will travel to Lakeview High School on Tuesday, January 10th followed by hosting Mansfield on Friday, January 13th.
You can’t accuse coaches Allen Tew and Kris Cash of easing into district play. Quite the opposite. In fact, you could go so far as to say the pre-district schedule was downright difficult. Ten of the fourteen games the girls have played and nine of the boy’s side were against schools with winning records. Adding to the degree of difficulty was that seven games played by the boys and six by the girls were against teams from higher classifications. The record reflects the boys at 5-8 while the girls are at 3-11 after the boys fell to Class 4A Neville and Class 5A Ruston this past week and the girls lost to Neville and Class 3A Richwood.
Ruston 53 JHHS 40 (boys) For a half, the home-standing Tigers went toe to toe with the top-ranked team in Division I among “non-select” schools but scoring only two field goals and two free throws in the third proved to be too much to overcome. The contest held a unique sidebar in that it was a matchup between the two winningest boys basketball coaches in Jackson Parish in the new millinea in Ruston’s Ryan Bond and Tew from JHHS. Jarrius Lumpkin and Zion Gray led JHHS in scoring with 14 and 11 respectively but the vaunted Bearcat defense didn’t allow anyone else to score over six points. Three players scored in double figures for Ruston, coached by Jackson Parish native and former Weston High School coach Ryan Bond. McNeal took game-high honors with 17 followed by Dimmer and Scott with 11 each. JHHS fell to 5-8 on the year while the Bearcats improved to 16-1.
RHS scoring: McNeal 17, Dimmer 11, Scott 11, Anding 5, Lillard 5, Parker 4
Neville 59 JHHS 39 (boys) The rematch of the December 9th tournament contest on a neutral floor that saw JHHS win by 12 was a complete reversal on the Monroe-based school’s home court. JHHS started slow and then things got worse as the Tigers were held to a season-low five points in the second and then saw that dubious mark set again by scoring only two in the third quarter. Twelve points by Jarious Lumpkin in the final frame and seven by Ajay Tew helped JH finish with 23 points in the quarter to avoid their lowest game point total for the year. Lumpkin led JH in scoring with 16 followed by 12 from Tew. Zion Gray had six and Savantez Phillips scored five as only four JHHS players managed to score.
Richwood 66 JHHS 54 (Girls) The good news was that Morgan McGee scored 20 points in a game for the first time ever and Tyya Davis set new career marks in both scoring and rebounding. Add to the fact that JHHS scored their second-highest point total of the season. The bad news was that the Lady Tigers gave up the most they have all year which resulted in a fifth straight loss in the streaky season that has seen the Lady Tigers start by losing six straight, then win three in a row before the current skid that leaves the season record at 3-11. Class 3A Richwood improves to 11-9 on the year.
McGee’s 20 points led the locals in scoring while Davis checked in just one behind with 19 points and an impressive 17 rebound effort. LeRonda McGuire also set a new career mark in rebounding and assists with 11 and 7 respectively while also contributing 5 steals. Kaelin Palmer also had six points and six boards.
Neville 55 JHHS 35 (Girls): Eight Lady Tigers scored but none reached double digits as waltzed their way to victory to improve to 8-5 in only their fourth home game of the year. JHHS trailed by only an 11-9 margin after one period but a 22-8 second quarter deficit turned and 30 turnovers in the contest turned out to be decisive factors in the final outcome.
Morgan McGee scored 8 to lead the offense followed closely by Tyya Davis, who finished with 7 points and a team leading 11 rebounds and 4 steals. LeRonda McGuire had five with both A’Joriana Hoggro and Jalenya Jackson chipping in with four each. McKenzie Bradford made three and had 3 assists with Jamauri Kimble and Kaelin Palmer adding two each.
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