Lake Arthur shrugged off a slow start with a pair of big runs in the second and third quarters en route to a 66-45 win over Washington-Marion Wednesday at the Barbe Southwest Shootout girls basketball tournament.
The Tigers (7-1) took the lead for good with a 14-2 run to open the second quarter and put the game away by scoring the first 13 points of the third quarter.
Washington-Marion (4-5) took a 12-6 first-quarter lead, getting points from six players and limiting Lake Arthur to one field goal in the final 7 minutes of the quarter.
Head coach Vickie Sketoe said her team did not match W-M’s intensity early in the game.
“(Washington-Marion) acted like they wanted to be here and we didn’t,” she said. “They were playing hard and hustling on defense. I didn’t see that hustle from us in the first half.”
The Tigers woke up in the second quarter, taking the lead for good on consecutive 3-pointers by Alexis and Keli Hornsby. Alexis scored seven points in the quarter while Keli added five. Lake Arthur continued to control the game in the third quarter, outscoring W-M 29-8, including a 13-0 opening run.
“We started doing what we know how to do, which is to play defense and take it to the hole,” Sketoe said. “Before, we were kind of standing around, not doing what we usually do and Washington-Marion was taking advantage of it. We didn’t pick it up until the second half, and that was with the junior high kids coming in. Kudos to them.”
Jamara Levy led Lake Arthur with 17 points. Alexis Hornsby added 12 and Diamond Brister scored 10.
Brileigh Slaughter led W-M with 10 points.
Sketoe said the Tigers have yet to find the consistency that helped them reach the Class 2A state semifinals last year.
“We have been playing well, we just haven’t found our rhythm yet,” she said. “Hopefully we will when it matters. The kids have a good attitude, we just haven’t found our place yet. We are going to work until we get there.”
Johnson Bayou 53
The Rebels took the lead with a third-quarter outburst and held on at the end for the win.
Johnson Bayou (11-6) opened the second half with an 8-2 run to take the lead at 39-34. A Gracie Young 3-pointer started the run and Maddison Jinks closed it with a jumper after stealing an inbounds pass.
Westlake (1-6) stayed within reach the rest of the way and had two chances in the final minute to tie the score but couldn’t find the basket. Johnson Bayou missed the front end of a 1-on-1 twice in the final minute but rebounded the miss both times. Young sealed the win for the Rebels with a pair of free throws with 5 seconds left.
Westlake trailed by as many as 13-points in the first quarter but rallied in the second quarter to take a 32-31 halftime lead. Jada Gasaway scored 12 points in the quarter, all on 3-pointers. She finished with 18 points and Destiny Peltier scored 20 for the Rams.
Young finished with 13 points for the Rebels. Jinks led the way with 18 and Ana Trahan added 12.