Sterlington 37, West Ouachita 32
Michaela Waters scored eight of her 17 points in the second quarter as Sterlington overcame a 4-point halftime deficit to shade previously unbeaten West Ouachita 37-32 Tuesday night at the Panthers' Den.
Sterlington opened up a 9-2 first quarter lead behind five points from Waters and buckets by Kaela Mullins and Brianna Logan.
Getting untracked offensively, the Lady Chiefs (5-1) dominated the second frame. Jewel McGuffie scored six of her team-high 14 points as West Ouachita outscored Sterlington 17-6 to take a 19-15 lead.
Reasserting itself after the break, Sterlington outscored the Lady Chiefs 18-5 in the third frame. Waters accounted for four buckets and Ashleigh Davis knocked down a pair of 3-pointers as the Lady Panthers surged to a 33-24 advantage.
Waters and Jayla Stewart sank two free throws apiece in the fourth quarter to help Sterlington ice the game.
Waters was the lone double figures scorer in the Lady Panthers' balanced attack. Davis and Mullins were next with six apiece, Stewart had four and Logan and Victoria Vaughan pitched in two apiece.
McGuffie was joined in the Lady Chiefs' scoring by Abby Simmons with eight, Dai Strong with five, Lillia Osbon with three and Shelby Carlson with two.
With the victory, Sterlington (5-3) avenged a season-opening 49-44 loss to West Ouachita in Cadeville.
Home for four of its next five games, Sterlington hosts Northwood-Lena on Friday and Family Community Christian on Monday. Closing out a busy week, the Lady Panthers visit Ouachita Christian on Tuesday before returning home to face West Monroe on Thursday, and Choudrant on Friday, Dec. 8.
West Ouachita .........2 17 5 8—32
Sterlington .............. 9 6 18 4—37
WEST OUACHITA (6-1) — Jewel McGuffie 14, Abby Simmons 8, Dai Strong 5, Lillia Osbon 3, Shelby Carlson 2.
STERLINGTON (5-3) — Michaela Waters 17, Ashleigh Davis 6, Kaela Mullins 6, Jayla Stewart 4, Brianna Logan 2, Victoria Vaughan 2.
Three-point goals — West Ouachita 1 (Osbon), Sterlington 3 (Davis 2, Waters 1). Total fouls — West Ouachita 11, Sterlington 8. Free throw shooting — West Ouachita 1-3, Sterlington 6-9. Fouled out — none. Technicals — none.