Bastrop 51, Richwood 50

Destiny Cephas exploded for a season-high 18 points as Bastrop topped Richwood 51-50 Thursday afternoon in the Sterlington Shoot-Out.

Coming off of a 50-48 loss to Caldwell on Wednesday, Bastrop was involved in a one possession game for the second straight day. This time, the Lady Rams (4-9) were able to get the victory as Richwood (6-7) was called for an offensive foul on its final possession.

In a game that was close from the outset, Bastrop led 14-13 at the end of the first quarter before Richwood moved into a 26-26 tie at halftime. Bastrop held a 40-34 advantage at the end of three, but Richwood charged back in the final quarter.

Coach Gerline Guillaume said her team could have been more patient.

"We didn't take our time and milk the clock the way we needed to," Guillaume said. "We had some mental breakdowns and forced some shots when we didn't need to. That's part of having a young team."

Still, the Lady Rams were able to pull out a victory despite the absence of their second-leading scorer. Senior guard Casual Williams played less than a minute against Richwood after spraining her ankle in the third quarter against Caldwell. Cephas more than made up the difference offensively.

"Destiny attacked, got to the rim and made her layups," Guillaume said. "I am proud of our effort. We had some younger kids step up and score."

Guillaume has been looking for more scoring production from the underclassmen to help take some of the pressure off of point guard Javia Kennedy and Williams, the two senior starters.

"Javia and Casual have been talking to the younger players and working with them. They have been really positive," Guillaume said. "They are doing a great job."

One of the biggest improvements Guillaume has seen in recent weeks is the Lady Rams' ability to handle the press.

"We are doing a better job against the press," Guillaume said. "Today, we did a good job of working the ball through and moving the ball around."

Kennedy scored 14 points to join Cephas in double figures. Bastrop also received seven points from Martianna Johnson and six apiece from Cynthia Washington and Jamese Rabun.

Bastrop and host Sterlington collide in the tournament finale on Friday at 7:30 p.m.