Riding back-to-back victories, the Bastrop Lady Rams have moved within ½ game of second place in the District 2-4A standings.
Bastrop handled West Ouachita 61-36 Friday night in Cadeville and trounced Wossman 45-31 at home on Tuesday.
Bouncing back from a 1-3 start in conference play, the Lady Rams (15-6, 3-3) are back in the hunt for second place entering Friday's 6 p.m. contest at Franklin Parish.
Bastrop's Jan. 15 home game vs. West Ouachita will be made up Monday at 6 p.m., with the boys game to follow. The games were rescheduled due to an ice storm. Lady Rams' coach Emma Brooks said Thursday afternoon that Senior Night has been moved up one day for both the girls and boys teams.
Bastrop is scheduled to host Farmerville in a girls/boys double header on Tuesday night. However, the Lady Rams could end up playing Wossman in a tiebreaker for second place early next week.
Wossman (13-9, 4-3) closes out district play at home tonight at West Ouachita. The Lady Wildcats won the first meeting against Bastrop, 41-30, on Jan. 18, in the Purple Spectrum. Friday night's second round meeting, however, was all Bastrop.
Powered by six points from Katajma Burrell, the Lady Rams shot out to a 16-0 first quarter lead.
Talijah Wheeler and Michelle Hardin added four points apiece in the opening quarter.
“After we lost to them at Wossman, (Wossman coach George Belton) said that his gameplan was to shut down our big girls (Hardin and Danielle Greely),” coach Brooks said. “We had to get our big girls refocused and make sure that didn't happen again. Danielle got into foul trouble, but Michelle did a nice job against Wossman.
“I was very proud of the effort and the commitment they made to each other against Wossman. They moved the ball around really well offensively. Defensively, they moved their feet and did a great job of communicating.”
Bastrop led 23-12 at halftime and 34-22 at the end of three.
“They were quite focused because they knew we had to have this game to have any kind of chance for second place,” coach Brooks said.
Hardin scored 12 of her 16 points in the second half to top the Lady Rams' scoring. Also contributing to the scorebook were Burrell with nine, Wheeler with eight, Danielle Greely with six, Tia Coleman with three, Deja Robinson with two and Tiara Brooks with one.
Burrell also had a big first quarter as the Lady Rams built an early 18-12 advantage against West Ouachita. Burrell finished the opening frame with 10 points on 4-of-4 free throw shooting.
Bastrop widened the gap to 32-20 at halftime and carried a 47-32 lead into the final eight minutes.
Page 2 of 2 - Hardin was high scorer for the Lady Rams with 15 points, followed by Wheeler with 13, Burrell with 12, Robinson with nine, Greely with eight, Tiara Brooks with two and Oterica Witherspoon and Tamie Hawkins with one.