Bastrop 66, North Webster 59
SPRINGHILL — Cortlen Newsome fired in 19 of his game-high 25 points in the second half as Bastrop gutted out a 66-59 road victory over North Webster, Thursday night.
Two nights after battling back from a 19-point first half deficit to defeat Delhi 56-54, the Rams (4-0) came out sluggish against the Knights (0-2).
"We were still hung over from Tuesday night," Bastrop coach Theabury Odom said. "Our kids just didn't have anything in the tank. They were emotionally drained as well, but they held it together enough to win the game."
North Webster played its first game since Jaylen Thomas, a junior running back for the football team, was fatally shot Monday afternoon.
"North Webster played with a lot of passion and energy. They beat us to almost every 50-50 ball," Odom said. "They just got their football players back, so they are still getting into basketball shape. They are extremely athletic."
Bastrop was able to turn it on again in the second half after the first 16 minutes ended in a 31-all stalemate.
With Newsome heating up, the Rams opened up a 50-39 lead by the end of the third quarter.
Bastrop was able to hang on despite making just 14-of-32 free throws. North Webster was 10-of-16 from the line.
"We shot twice as many free throws as they did. It's usually the other way around on the road," Odom said. "When you go 14-for-32, you usually don't have a very good chance of winning the game. We had to be doing something right to win the game.
"We executed our sets, but we just didn't finish because the kids didn't have their legs. I was proud of them for digging down deep and overcoming the adversity to win the game."
Newsome received scoring support from SirQuan Hawkins with 15. Also contributing were Garrett Guirlando with eight, Neverless Frazier and Denterrius McHenry with five, Danny Hill with four and Jordan Rabun and Calvert Johnson with two.
Bastrop travels to Rayville on Monday before returning home to play Lincoln Prep on Tuesday.
Rayville beat West Monroe 75-61 Thursday night behind 31 points and seven rebounds from Mylik Wilson.
"Ravyille is going to be Rayville. They have pretty much everybody back from last year," said Odom of the Hornets, who finished as the Class 2A state runner-up last season.
Monday's triple header at the Hornets' Nest gets underway at 5 p.m. with the junior varsity boys tilt, followed by the varsity girls and varsity boys games.
JV WINS: Bastrop won Monday's JV matchup 29-11 over North Webster.
Semaj Tennant led the way with nine points, Laborius Washington had eight, Marcell Carson supplied six on a pair of 3-pointers, and Lavonta Sylvester, Jacoby Lacour and Jordan Mansfield tallied two apiece.
"We really played well defensively," Odom said. "One kid had all of their points on three 3-pointers and a bucket. Coach Mike Winston is doing a great job with those guys."