Sterlington at Homer (VG, VB), 6 p.m.
Following an unexpected — and undesired — break in the schedule, Sterlington's basketball teams return to the court Friday night at Homer. Starting time for the girls/boys double header is 6 p.m.
Sterlington was scheduled to host Jonesboro-Hodge on Tuesday, but the game was rescheduled for Wednesday and eventually postponed indefinitely due to a winter storm which swept through northeast Louisiana.
“We have been playing pretty good, so I hate to see this weather,” Panthers' coach Kevin Caballero said. “Hopefully, it won't throw us off too much.”
With both teams standing 2-0 in District 2-2A, the Sterlington-Homer boys game will determine sole possession of first place.
Homer has beaten Lake Providence (79-49) and Jonesboro-Hodge (51-31), while the Panthers own victories over Ferriday (79-68) and Lakeside (77-35).
“It's going to be a tall task over there,” Caballero said. “They're bigger than the rest of the teams in our district, so we are going to have to make our shots.”
Sterlington (12-7, 1-1) also faces a tall task in the girls matchup against the Lady Pelicans (13-6, 2-0).
Bouncing back from a 61-55 loss at Ferriday, the Lady Panthers evened their conference record with a 32-25 decision over Lakeside on Friday, Jan. 11.
Homer routed Lake Providence 71-43 to start district play, before downing Jonesboro-Hodge 76-66 on Jan. 11.
Panthers 77, Lakeside 35
Matt Allred and Lance Richard rang up 21 points and four 3-pointers apiece as Sterlington had its way with Lakeside last Friday night.
Seizing control from the opening tip, the Panthers jumped out to a 23-6 first quarter lead. Allred knocked down a pair of 3-pointers during a 10-point first quarter. Richard added seven points and Brandon Douglas six.
Sterlington carried a 39-16 advantage into halftime.
Richard poured in 14 points, including a trio of 3-pointers, as the Panthers outscored the Warriors 29-9 in the third period to build a whopping 68-25 margin.
Sterlington made of 8-of-12 (66.7 percent) free throws, while the Warriors bagged 7-of-8 (87.5 percent).
Douglas tallied 12 points to join Allred and Richard in double figures for the Panthers (17-6 overall). Also contributing to the scoring were Filip Duda with six, DeAdrienne Glass, Rex Spencer and Jaylon Wade with four apiece, Antonio Gray with three and QuenTerrius Gray with two.
Davian Whiting paced the Warriors (3-14, 0-2) offensively with nine points. Frankie Miles added six, followed by Lance Taylor and DeAndre Shehee with five, Darryl Moore and Nyles Moore with four and Jamoria Teal with two.
Lady Panthers 32, Lakeside 25
Sterlington led at the end of every quarter — 7-5, 16-13 and 24-18 — on its way to defeating Lakeside.
LaTasha English scored 11 of her 13 points in the first half to key the Lady Panthers. Rounding out the Lady Panthers' scoring were Jasmyne Washington with six, Bronwyn Pepper and Meshana English with four, Alayah Mitchell with three and Kierra Henderson with two.
Tamera Douglas had 15 points for the Lady Warriors (4-12, 0-2), who received scoring contributions from only four players.
Next week, Sterlington travels to Lake Providence on Tuesday, before returning home to face Ferriday in the Panthers' Den. Game times are 6 p.m. for the girls, with the boys getting under way at approximately 7:30.