Denham Springs gave Scotlandville its toughest district game so far, but the final results showed that the league still has a lot of ground to make up.
Led by eight 3-pointers and 39 points from Ja’Vonte Smart, homestanding Scotlandville defeated Denham Springs 94-55, the Hornets fifth consecutive blowout win in District 4-5A.
“The score is not indicative of how we played,” Denham Springs coach Kevin Caballero said after the Yellow Jackets’ eight-game winning streak was snapped.
“The adrenaline was flowing early, and Scotlandville has a really good basketball team. I was proud of the way our kids came out in the second half and battled. Competitive-wise I was happy with our effort.”
Denham Springs (13-12, 4-1) trailed 44-19 at halftime, but kept Scotlandville from pushing its lead over 30 points until the final minutes. The Yellow Jackets, who made 12 of 19 from the field in the second half, were led by Torez Kinchen’s 25 points.
Scotlandville (25-2, 5-0) shot 59 percent for the game (35 for 59) and was 13 of 28 from 3-point range. The Hornets got a scare midway through the third quarter when Garrick Green tumbled and banged his head on the floor after a fast break dunk.
Green was on the floor for five minutes before being helped to the locker room by EMS attendants.
“It’s part of the game,” said a still visibly shaken Scotlandville coach Carlos Sample. “I think (Green) is going to be fine, but we need to take a little time and then get back to it. I commend my kids for staying poised and finishing out the game.”
The Scotlandville lead was 61-32 after Green’s exit. The Hornets gave up a three-point play and had a turnover before Smart’s 3-pointer from the left wing settled them down.
Five players made 3-pointers for Scotlandville, which had won its previous four district games by an average margin of 61 points.
“On any given night these guys can score, and they did a good job tonight,” Sample said. “Our inside game wasn’t as good as we wanted, but our shooting made up the difference.”
Denham Springs led twice in the early going, but it didn’t last as Scotlandville quickly heated up from the outside. The Hornets made six 3-pointers in the opening quarter, and bolted to a 26-12 lead after one quarter .
Scotlandville forced six turnovers in the second quarter and held Denham Springs to seven points. Smart’s three-point play in the final minute gave the Hornets a 44-19 lead at the half.
“(Scotlandville) returned four seniors off a state championship team.
“They’ve been there before,” Caballero said. “Everybody wants to get their program where coach Sample has that one.”