Rayville 97, Bastrop 70
RAYVILLE — Mylik Wilson flipped in 27 points and Jamichael Wilson tallied 25 as Rayville carded a decisive 97-70 victory over Bastrop, Monday night at the Hornets' Nest.
Rayville (3-0) broke out to a 16-11 first quarter advantage and outscored the Rams 32-16 in the second period. Malik Wilson and Jamichael Wilson both had nine points in the second quarter as the Hornets' lead grew to 48-27 at halftime.
"Rayville is as good as advertised, maybe even a little better," Bastrop coach Theabury Odom said. "The second quarter was the difference in the ballgame. We had quite a few turnovers, and they capitalized."
Rayville led 71-49 as the third horn sounded before outscoring the Rams 26-21 in the final frame.
Odom said the Hornets were solid in every phase of the game.
"Rayville just did a great job," Odom said. "We had some open looks, but they made some outstanding blocks and played above the rim. We tried to play up-tempo with them because that's what they do. We didn't do a very good job of getting back at times, but they did a good job of getting the ball up the floor.
"We played hard, and we didn't go away. After the second quarter, we could have folded up the tent, but I was proud of the way our kids kept fighting. Rayville was just the better team tonight."
Bastrop lost for the first time in five starts.
"Whether you lose by 27 or 7, it's still a loss," Odom said. "I don't think we're the only team that's going to lose to Rayville this year.
"This game gave us an opportunity to see what areas we need to work on."
Mylik and Jamichael Wilson were joined in double figures by Samuel Sledge with 13 and Jay Pleasant with 12. JaMarkus Wilson pitched in seven, Kameron Hunter and Jaylon Qualls four apiece, Rashard Naylor three and Camarius Payne two.
For Bastrop, the loss offset a 28-point effort by Cortlen Newsome, who knocked down six 3-pointers. Garrett Guirlando and Danny Hill scored 10 apiece for the Rams, followed by Denterrius McHenry and SirQuan Hawkins with seven, and Jordan Rabun and Christian Smith with four.
Bastrop is at home Tuesday night (Dec. 5) vs. Lincoln Prep. Starting time for the varsity girls/boys double header is 6 p.m. The JV boys game, scheduled for 5 p.m., has been canceled.