Port Allen is starting to reap the rewards of a difficult nondistrict schedule.
The Pelicans extended their win streak to three games, opening District 6-3A play Tuesday with an impressive 68-46 road victory over Parkview Baptist.
“People may have looked at our record and thought they’d get us,” Port Allen coach Brandon Ricard said.
“We’ve had some big wins against some tough opponents. At the same time our schedule prepared us for our tough district.”
Parkview’s girls maintained a share of the league lead, taking control from the opening tip en route to a 57-14 win over Port Allen.
“The girls are coming together,” said PBS interim coach Christina Anderson, who took over the team Dec. 12.
“We’ve talked a lot about being unified and having one goal and one purpose. It’s about us doing the things we do well together.”
PORT ALLEN (boys) 68, PARKVIEW 46: Guard Nigel Allen paced a balanced scoring effort with 22 points. Forward Andre Williams added 17 and center Mike Williams had 16.
The Pelicans (10-6) shot 47 percent from the field, including 56 percent (15 of 27) in the second half when they outscored the Eagles 46-29.
“The guys were dialed in and focused,” Ricard said. “They really shared the ball well, and for the most part, hit the open shot.”
Parkview (9-5) closed to within 16-15 with 1:29 left before halftime on Tyree Lomax’s fast break layup, but Port Allen’s Crandall Jackson and Dontrius Franklin answered with a 3-pointer each.
Allen, who scored 10 points in the first quarter, fueled a 10-2 spurt midway through the third quarter with five straight points and Mike Williams added a pair of free throws for a 34-21 lead.
Mike Williams’ 10 fourth-quarter points helped the Pelicans increase their lead to as much as 20 points (62-42) on Andre Williams’ lay-in with 1:58 remaining.
Carter Williamson and Tyler Williamson each scored 11 points for Parkview and Lomax added 10.
The Eagles shot 31 percent from the field and were 3-of-24 from 3-point range.
PARKVIEW (GIRLS) 57, PORT ALLEN 14: The Eagles (11-9, 3-0) reeled off the game’s first 20 points, taking advantage of full-court pressure that forced 17 turnovers and resulted in a 26-1 lead.
Center Megan Hatch scored nine of her 11 points in the opening quarter, while point guard Destaney Batiste scored on three straight layups after turnovers to account for a 20-0 blitz.
“Our strengths are defense and transition,” Anderson said. “We wanted to get our defensive confidence up. I’m old school and believe in defense creating offense.”
Makayla Johnson gave Port Allen (12-7, 1-2) its first point with 2:39 left in the first quarter. The Pelicans missed their first eight shots until Lauren Keyes’ turnaround in the lane at the 3:10 mark of the second quarter.
Parkview, which led 45-6 at halftime, shot 52 percent in the first half and forced a total of 32 turnovers.
Guard Skylar Goodwin scored six of her game-high 15 during the third quarter for a 53-9 advantage.