Neville 47, Bastrop 28
Kadejah Turpin scored nine of her 14 points in the first half and Neville used a half-court zone trap to stymie the Bastrop Lady Rams 47-28 Tuesday night in the District 2-4A opener for both schools.
Tia Coleman's 13-footer from the paint gave Bastrop an 8-6 lead midway through the first quarter, but Neville soon assumed command of the game.
Chelsi Watson's three-point play put Neville ahead to stay and started a 6-0 run to close out the opening session. Kadejah Turpin's free throw and Dei Anna Hall's rebound bucket off of a deflected shot enabled the Lady Tigers to open up a 12-8 lead by the end of the quarter.
The majority of the second period was played on Bastrop's side of the court. Alternating between a 1-2-2 and a 2-1-2 half court trap, the Lady Tigers forced numerous turnovers near the center court stripe en route to outscoring the Lady Rams 20-4 in the quarter.
Danielle Greely's bucket from underneath brought Bastrop within 12-10, before the Lady Tigers rattled off nine unanswered points.
Kadejah Turpin drilled and open jumper from the right baseline off the kickoff pass from Watson. Returning the favor, Kadejah Turpin set up Watson on the two-on-one break. Allison Newton accounted for the next five points, converting a steal at midcourt into a layup and popping a 3-pointer from the left side to give Neville a 21-10 cushion.
Deja Robinson set up Greely underneath to bring the Lady Rams within nine, but the Lady Tigers closed out the quarter with 11 unanswered points.
Kedejah Turpin's 18-footer triggered the flurry, Newton set up Kiera Horne on the cut, Kadariella Turpin sank two free throws, Hall completed a three-point play and Kadariella Turpin connected from the left baseline to put the Lady Tigers in charge 32-12 at intermission.
Trailing 35-14, the Lady Rams put together their only sustained run of the evening.
Greely and Michelle Hardin scored from point-blank range, Robinson dished to Jalijah Wheeler on the three-on-one break and Hardin added another deuce from underneath to bring the Lady Rams within 35-22.
Reasserting itself, Neville closed out the quarter on an 8-0 binge. Newton drove for a layup, Watson crashed the offensive glass and Hall tacked on a pair of transition buckets, enabling the Lady Tigers to carry a 43-22 bulge into the final eight minutes.
Hall joined Kadejah Turpin in double figures with 14 points for the Lady Tigers (15-2).
Hardin was high scorer for the Lady Rams (13-3) with 10 points.
Bastrop ventures to Ruston on Friday night in non-conference action, before resuming 2-4A play at home vs.
West Ouachita on Tuesday. Tipoff time for both games is 6 p.m.
Notes: Neville converted only 10-of-20 free throws, but was considerably better than the Lady Rams, who were 0-for-11 — repeat 0-for-11 — from the line. … Former Bastrop standout Kari Payton attended the game. The 2011 Louisiana Wendy's Heisman Trophy winner and BHS valedictorian is now a sophomore at the University of Arkansas-Little Rock where she is studying engineering.