The Zachary Broncos ended the basketball season with a 79-68 loss Feb. 27 at Ouachita High School in the bidistrict round of the LHSAA playoffs. The Broncos, seeded 28th, ran into a buzz saw in the fifth-seeded Lions’ man-to-man defense, losing 18 turnovers and getting out-rebounded 29-14.

The Broncos fell behind 22-15 after the first quarter and trailed 34-27 at the half.

Demoine Bowie finished with 20 points for the Broncos, who finished the season at 16-14 under first-year coach Kenny Almond.

Ouachita, 29-4, advances to play No. 21 seed Ruston.

Northeast stuns No. 7 seed

The Northeast boys basketball team pulled off the biggest upset in the first round of the LHSAA Class 2A basketball playoffs when the 26th-seeded Vikings stunned No. 7 seed Ferriday 61-57 in a first-round bidistrict playoff contest at Vidalia High’s gym. Ferriday was the District 2-2A champion and finished the season 16-11. The Vikings were the lowest-ranked seed remaining in the field of 16, and on March 3 hosted No. 10 seed Many, a 57-44 winner over Calvary Baptist in the first round.

Lakeview ousts Lady Vikings

Seventh-grader Morgyn Payne scored a game-high 15 points to lead 29th-seeded Lakeview to a 50-34 triumph over Northeast on Feb. 25 in a Class 2A regional basketball playoff contest. Payne knocked down three 3-point shots as the Gators escaped with a second win over a District 6-2A opponent, after beating No. 4 Redemptorist in the opening round. The Gators are the lowest seed to advance to the quarterfinals in any classification.

Lauri Kight finished with 12 points and Pearl Jones had 11 for Northeast, which finished the season at 17-15.

ZHS lifters have good showing

The Zachary High School powerlifting boys placed third and the girls finished seventh in the first meet of the season Feb. 28 at Walker High School. The boys scored 19 points to place behind Assumption (45) and Woodlawn (37) in the 16-team event.

The athletes competed in squats, bench presses and deadlifts and were ranked by total weight.

Placing for the Broncos in the 123.5-pound class was Larry Henry, second place, 710 total pounds; in the 275.5-pound class, Dominique Holden, third place, 1,225 total pounds; in the super heavyweight class, Kellton Hollins, second place, 1,285 pounds, and Grady Cunningham, third place, 1,245 pounds.

The girls also competed in squats, bench presses and deadlifts and were ranked by total weight. Zachary finished with 17 points, behind Ascension Catholic (35), Port Allen (26), Walker (24), Assumption (23), Central (21) and Episcopal (19).

Placing for ZHS were Kristian Jackson, who won the 181.8-pound class with a total weight of 770 pounds; Jami Kleinpeter, third place, 165.3-pound class, 720 pounds; and Cathy McLeod, third place, super heavyweight class, 630 pounds.

Lentini fundraiser set for March 15

Cory’s Story: A Journey Home, a fund-raiser to offset Cory Lentini’s medical expenses and efforts toward making his home accessible, is scheduled from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. March 15 at Cactus Cafe in Zachary.

Lentini was involved in a vehicle crash in November 2009, suffering a traumatic brain injury.

Tickets for the benefit cost $100 per couple or $50 per person. Donations also will be accepted.

The cost includes a Mexican dinner buffet, two drink tickets, cash bar, auctions and entertainment.

Make checks payable to the Lentini Care Fund.

For information, call Kim Denson at (225) 603-4798, Sharon Phillips at (225) 936-6523 or Danny Spencer at (225) 774-8773.

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