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Scotlandville continues to show why they are one of the better teams in the state regardless of class. The Hornets went on the road against a very good Walker team & pulled out a nail biter 68-67.
We all know about Scotlandville’s highly touted guard Javonte Smart, but their sophomore Reece Beekman came to his team’s rescue when they needed a big bucket down the stretch. Beekman made the go ahead jumper with 40 seconds left in the game to put his team up one. Smart led all scorers with 29 points, but Beekman was able to come through more often than not when the Hornets needed timely baskets. When Smart is getting help like he did in this game from his supporting cast, this Scotlandville team can beat anybody in the state. Reece Beekman finished the game with 17 points for Scotlandville & Brian Thomas led Walker in scoring with 16 points.
Thibodaux overcame a 12 point deficit in the 4th quarter to beat arch rival H.L Bourgeois 65-63. Thibodaux sophomore Kyren Lacy made the go ahead layup with 0.9 seconds remaining in the game off an inbound play under the basket. Lacy led Thibodaux in scoring with 21 points & Jaquan Wagner dominated the boards pulling in 21 rebounds to go with 12 points on the night. A.J Rainey led H.L Bourgeois in scoring with 31 points.
Walker improved their record to 26-2 Tuesday night with a hard fought win over Madison Prep 60-56. Sophomore Jalen Cook led all scorers with 24 points & 7 assists for Walker in front of Nicholls St. & Southern assistant basketball coaches. Cook has continued to raise his level of play throughout the year & he’s a big reason why the Wildcats are looking like they could make a run in 5A this year.
The play of senior big man Jalen Perkins has also made the Wildcats a very tough team to beat this year. Perkins is a game changer on both sides of the floor & you won’t find too many kids in the state that will bring his kind of intensity every night.
H.L Bourgeois continues to play at a high level beating arch rival Terrebonne Saturday night 88-59 to stay undefeated in district play.
Terrebonne made it very competitive in the beginning giving the Braves all they can handle only trailing 32-26 at the half. The second half would be a different story with the Braves scoring 36 points in the third quarter alone. A.J Rainey had a lot to do with that by pouring in 25 points in that third quarter. Rainey finished the game with 45 points, 9 assists, 5 steals, & 3 blocks. This kid has been on a tear as of late scoring 52 points versus Destrahan on Thursday night. It’s no doubt that Rainey has put the state on notice this season, & I wouldn’t be surprised if he wins the state player of the year with the type of season he is having. Divine Martin was second in scoring for H.L Bourgeois with 20 points.
Sophie B. Wright is a team to be reckoned with come playoff time after getting wins against some quality opponents like U-High, Ellender, Southern Lab, Crescent City, ect. The Warriors have some good size from top to bottom making them a real threat versus top heavy teams in 3A like Madison Prep & Peabody.
After a hard fought win against a really good Edna Karr team 55-46, I think this puts the Warriors in the discussion as 1 of the better teams in 3A. Charlie Russell led all scorers with 22 points for Sophie B. Wright. Russell continues to get better everytime I see him & he clearly made an impact on both ends of the floor all night long.