GIRLS: Sterlington 34, Lakeside 31

Sterlington evened its District 2-2A girls basketball record at 3-3 with victories over Lakeside (34-31) on Tuesday and Ferriday (37-26) on Friday, Jan. 25.

Alayah Mitchell's 17-point effort helped the Lady Panthers overcome a scoreless first quarter at Lakeside.

“I didn't think we were ever going to score,” coach Darlene Eubanks said.

Lakeside led 7-0 at the end of the first quarter and 17-11 at halftime. Sterlington (14-9 overall) began to get untracked in the third quarter, closing the deficit to 24-22.

Mitchell was joined in the Lady Panthers' scoring by Bronwyn Pepper with eight, Jasmyne Washington with four, LaTasha English with three and Crystal Brown with two.

“Crystal played one of her best varsity games,” Eubanks said. “She got us some rebounds and scored a key bucket, which made them realize they had to pay attention to her. It makes a difference when you have an inside game to take some of the pressure off the guards.”

Mitchell made 3-of-4 free throws down the stretch to help clinch the Lady Panthers homecourt victory over Ferriday.

Sterlington led at the end of every quarter —  14-8, 21-12 and 28-18.

Mitchell was high scorer for the Lady Panthers with 12 points. LaTasha English was next with nine, followed by Washington with seven, Pepper with five and Meshana English with four.