Jay Wilson played string music for 28 points, including four 3-pointers, as Bastrop entered the District 2-4A win column with a 54-38 victory over Franklin Parish on Tuesday night at Sam's Place.
With Wilson supplying over half the offense, the Rams matched their point total of the previous two games combined. Bastrop was held to 21 and 33 points in road losses to Ruston and Wossman. More importantly, the Rams (9-15, 1-2) were able to protect their home court and avoid an 0-3 start in conference play.
"We need to win all of our home games and go on the road and win a couple," said Bastrop coach Theabury Odom, whose team will play three of its five remaining district games at home. "We have to defend our home court."
Speaking of defending, the Rams held the Patriots (11-11, 0-4) to 38 points just four days after they scored 70 in a five-point loss to Neville in Winnsboro.
"Jay shot the ball well and passed the ball well, but we still didn't score a lot of points," Odom said. "I asked our guys to be more physical and more engaged in the game, which they did. The whole team stayed in the game, including our bench. It's always a good sign when your bench is into the game."
Franklin led 11-8 at the end of the first quarter and went up 18-17 on Fredrick Short's 3-pointer with just under two minutes to play.
Fueled by eight points from Wilson, the Rams closed out the half with an 9-0 flurry and never surrendered the lead.
Wilson's 3-pointer from the left perimeter put the Rams ahead to stay. Travion Burks made the front end of two technical foul free throws and Wilson drained another trey and added a breakaway bucket off of a Lee steal to put Bastrop up 26-18 at the half.
In his second straight solid outing, Lee, the junior point guard, put together a line of six points, seven assists and 11 rebounds.
"Lester Lee did a tremendous job," Odom said. "He controlled the tempo of the game."
Demarkiyo Devoil complemented Lee on the boards with six rebounds, while blocking seven shots.
Leading 33-27, the Rams began to open up some separation late in the third quarter.
A pair of layups by LeMicah Harris, the first off of a textbook bounce pass from Quan Washington, enabled the Rams to carry a 37-27 cushion into the final eight minutes.
After swapping a pair of free throws to open the second half scoring, the Rams secured the victory with an 8-0 spurt.
Harris converted both ends of a shooting foul, Juwan Norris' steal led to Wilson's breakaway basket, Norris sank one-of-two from the line and Lee spotted Wilson for a jumper from the left corner on an inbounds play to give the Rams a comfortable 47-29 advantage with 4:30 remaining.
Page 2 of 2 - Wilson's driving layup gave Bastrop its biggest lead of the evening, 52-32, with slightly over two minutes to play.
Wilson was the only scorer to reach double digits, although 10 different Rams made scoring donations. Harris was next with nine points.
Short was high scorer for the Patriots with 11 points.
On the second leg of a three-game homestand, the Rams begin the second half of conference play against Neville on Friday night. Starting time for the girls game is 6 p.m., with the boys contest to follow. Hamburger plates, complete with fries and a soda, will be sold in front of the gym prior to the game, with proceeds going toward a Shoot-A-Way machine.