Bastrop 48, West Monroe 46
RAYVILLE — Casual Williams and Javia Kennedy accounted for 31 points as the Bastrop Lady Rams upset West Monroe 48-46 Wednesday in the Big E Classic at Rayville High School.
In a game that was close throughout, the first quarter ended in a 15-15 draw. Bastrop built a 25-20 halftime lead and the Lady Rebels closed within 35-33 after three.
"We needed this win," Bastrop coach Gerline Guillaume said. "It was hard-earned, but we pulled through.
"We stayed in a zone the entire game and pressed some."
Making their first appearance since a 48-26 Dec. 12 loss to Carroll, the Lady Rams (2-7) snapped a five-game losing streak. Going into the game,Guillaumewas hoping the seven-day layoff would work to the Lady Rams' advantage against a West Monroe team playing its fifth game in seven days.
"West Monroe went 3-0 in the Walker Tournament and beat Carroll Tuesday night," Guillaume said. "I told our kids that we should have our legs. There shouldn't be any excuse for us not to play hard, keep our feet active on defense, and dive for loose balls.
"In the Delhi Tournament, we really struggled because we didn't have our legs."
Though wins have been hard to come by, Guillaumehas said all along that the Lady Rams were improving. Wednesday, the results were tangible.
"With a new new team, a lot of our kids are still trying to identify their role," Guillaume said. "We did a real good job of executing offensively. That was the big difference — we shot the ball well, and we did a better job of going to the boards."
Freshman Mia Hardin, in particular, played a pivotal role inside for the Lady Rams.
"Mia Hardin had a huge impact on the game," Guillaume said. "She only scored two points, but she did a great job of going to the boards. Mia has really improved."
Williams paced the Lady Rams with 16 points and Kennedy pitched in 15. Also contributing to the scoring were Tiffany Washington with five, Jamese Rabun and Martianna Johnson with four, and Destiny Cephas and Hardin with two.
West Monroe (12-3) had a four-game winning streak snapped despite a game-high 28 points from Faith Robinson, who made 12-of-20 free throws.
"Robinson is a good post player. She's aggressive and runs well," Guillaume said."Coach John Green does a real good job over there. They are disciplined and fundamentally sound."
Robinson was joined in the scoring by Jenna Farrar and Jam'shalecia Akins with seven each and Dezarae Scott and Michalah Winn with two apiece.
Closing out tournament play, the Lady Rams are paired against host Rayville at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, and Franklin Parish on Friday at 1 p.m.