Here’s a basketball roundup from recent court action.
A SCENSION CATHOLIC: Hot-shooting Kaleb Winchester led the ACHS Bulldogs (5-14, 3-3) to a 76-73 win over the Ascension Christian Lions (1-20, 0-6) in a hotly contested thriller on Jan. 22. Winchester led all scorers in the game with 30 points without hitting any 3-pointers.
The Bulldogs dominated play for the first three quarters and led 55-41 at the end of the third period. But the Lions staged a comeback attempt by outscoring ACHS by 32-21 in the fourth quarter, coming up 3 points short.
High scorers for the Lions in the losing effort included Remington Hayes with 22 points; Derrick Varnado with 20 points, including one 3-pointer; Jake Antie with 13, including one 3-pointer, along with Paxton Paige with 9 points and a 3-pointer as well.
Winchester led the Bulldogs with 30 points. Janelle Truxillo added 21 points, hitting seven 3-pointers. Kebori Hunter hit for 13, Bubba Gautreaux hit for 5 with one 3-pointer, Jacoby Stewart had 4 points and Javon Yarbrough had 3 points.
Winchester, a senior, began the season needing 530 points to tie the 2,054 points the all-time leading scorer, Lane Frey, compiled from 1996-99. Winchester has averaged 20.2 points per game this season and needs 120 points to take over the record. He has eight games remaining on the schedule and at his current pace is in a great position to become the Bulldogs’ all-time leading scorer.
The Bulldogs will have played Kentwood by press time, then travel to face White Castle at 7 p.m. Friday. Next on the schedule is St. James on the road at 6:30 p.m. Saturday and another road game at 5 p.m. Tuesday against East Iberville.
The Lions will host Kentwood at 7 p.m. Tuesday, travel to Maurepas to take on the Wolves at 7 p.m. Wednesday and host White Castle at 7 p.m. Feb. 5.
DONALDSONVILLE: The Brusly Panthers (14-6, 4-2) handed the (11-11, 2-4) Donaldsonville Tigers their third district loss by the score of 64-60 on Jan. 22. The score stayed close for three quarters, ending 47-45 with Donaldsonville in the lead, but Brusly outscored the Tigers 19-13 in the fourth to seal the victory.
Leading scorers for the Tigers were Braxton Bernard with 22, Jacoby Simon with 21 and Ronald Whittington 8 points. Leading the Panthers was M. Bryant with 31, J. Queen with 13 and J. Holliday with 12 points.
Donaldsonville scored five 3-point goals (two for Whittington, one each for Bernard, Simon and Julien) and Brusly five (four for Bryant, one for Queen). The Tigers took the junior varsity game 51-37.
The Lady Tigers were stung by Brusly 68-66 in a close contest in overtime on the road Jan. 22. The first half was evenly played as the Panthers took a 29-25 lead at halftime.
Donaldsonville (14-7, 5-3) came storming back in the third period as they outscored Brusly (12-13, 5-3) 24-15 to take a 49-44 lead going into the fourth quarter. The Panthers put 15 points on the board to Donaldsonville’s 10 and the game ended 59-59 at the end of regulation. The Lady Tigers were outscored 9-7 in the overtime period to end the game 68-66.
The scoring for Donaldsonville was Ambrosia Johnson with 14 points, Janira Collier with 12, Mya Chatman with 11, Blair Harvey with 11 and Rodineka Williams with 9 points. The loss put them in a third-place tie with Brusly in 3A District 6. Next up for the Tigers will be a road game against Baker at 6 p.m., then hosting Glen Oaks at 6 p.m. Tuesday and traveling to West Feliciana at 6 p.m. Feb. 5.
DUTCHTOWN: The Griffins took one on the chin in their latest district tilt with a 56-29 loss at the hands of the McKinley Panthers on Jan. 22. Dutchtown (8-14, 0-2) heads to Baton Rouge to take on the Catholic High Bears at 7:15 p.m. Thursday, then plays host to the St. Amant Gators at 7 p.m. Tuesday. The Broadmoor Buccaneers will come to Dutchtown for a district game on Feb. 5 with tipoff at 5 p.m.
EAST ASCENSION: East Ascension remained undefeated in district play by handing St. Amant a 60-45 defeat at the Spartan gym. The loss drops the Gators to 14-11 and 0-2 in district play and advances the Spartans to 21-4 and 2-0 in district.
Stingy defense along with some poor shooting put the Gators in a 16-4 hole in the first period that they couldn’t quite climb out of, although they did outscore the Spartans 19-16 in the third period.
Top scorers for the Gators were Kameron Kelson with 15 points, followed by K.J. Franklin with 14, Jahnoi Daley with 8, Carter Templet with 7 and Tariq Daley with 1. Top scorers for the Spartans were LeAaron Cain with 23 points, followed by Jimel London with 14, Shedrick Smith with 7, Koye Ruffin with 6, Justin Harris with 4, Bilal Frank with 4 and Marques Anderson with 2. St. Amant scored four 3-point goals (Franklin with two, Kelson and Templet with one each) and East Ascension three (Caine, Smith and Ruffin).
In the junior varsity game, the Spartans came away with a 56-38 win. By press time, the Spartans will have played the Dutchtown Griffins in another district game. They will host McKinley to take on the Panthers at 7 p.m. Friday. Next up will be Broadmoor in an away game at 5 p.m. Tuesday, then hosting the Catholic High Bears at 7:15 p.m. Feb. 5.
The Gators will host Broadmoor at the Gold Dome on Friday with tipoff at 7 p.m., then travel to Dutchtown to face the Griffins at 7 p.m. Tuesday. They again will travel to McKinley and take on the Panthers at 7 p.m. Feb. 5.
Krewe of Diversion sets sail
The 22nd annual Krewe of Diversion Mardi Gras Boat Parade benefiting St. Jude will set sail on Saturday. The parade, featuring Whitney Vann as grand marshal , will take off at noon from the Diversion Canal bridge and make its way to Manny’s Bar on the Amite River, where the funds collected on the river, along with some good food, live auction and raffles, will end the festivities.
The public is invited to participate with locations on the river at Hilltop Inn, the Gonzales Boat Club, River Rat’s Bar and Grill and Manny’s Bar. It is a fundraiser, so this is how it goes: The decorated floats (boats pun intended) pull over to the bank anywhere there are folks lined up. They extend a long-handled net to the crowd, and the idea is to put dollar bills in the net as they throw beads and assorted trinkets into the crowd. Of course, for the generous folks, fives, tens, twenties, fifties and hundreds are welcome and needed to help kids with cancer.
If you have some interest in entering your boat in the parade, there’s still plenty of time — registration is at Manny’s Bar on Friday with an entry fee of $35 per boat. For any details, the folks to contact are David and Vivian Stevens at (225) 939-2135 or (225) 324-5695. If you’ve never been to this boat parade, the effort is worth it, as the parade is very unique as well as a lot of fun. See you on the river!
Hello from Colorado
This column is being penned (typed, actually) from Breckinridge, Colorado, as I look out the window from the home of one of my daughters. It is 9 degrees and has been snowing for about 18 hours with another 12 hours of expected snowfall.
It’s a lot different from back home. The snow is beautiful, and the feel of the temperature is not as cold as you’d think. It’s pretty pleasurable, as a matter of fact.
Folks come here to ski, and two other ski resorts are within a 30-minute drive from here. Our trip here is twofold — we get to visit family and enjoy the snowy scenery. But I will be back to take part in the Krewe of Diversion Mardi Gras Boat Parade on Saturday.