Sterlington 68, Beekman 57

Kyle Henderson and Kaden Key combined for 43 points as the host Panthers subdued Beekman 68-57 to close out Wednesday's play in the Sterlington Shoot-Out.

Beekman charged out of the chute with the first six points on buckets by Jaquinton Killian, Daryl Seay and Chad Jones.

Trailing 17-14 at the end of the opening frame, the Panthers took their first lead early in the second quarter.

Key's runner, a Henderson free throw and Trea Green's 3-pointer put Sterlington up 20-17.

Later in the quarter, Seay's first 3-pointer of the evening whittled the margin to 22-21, but the Tigers would never retake the lead.

Henderson's 3-pointer, which hung on the back of the rim before falling in, and a pair of Key layups gave the Panthers their largest lead of the half, 29-21.

Sterlington carried a 31-25 advantage into recess, and widened the margin to nine on another Henderson trifecta.

Seay would prevent the game from getting too far out of hand. A driving layup and a deep two from the right side by Seay, centered by Greg Tatum's rebound bucket clipped the deficit to 34-31.

With the Panthers up 38-33, Henderson's 3-pointer and three-point play on consecutive possessions and Colby Rivera's putback stretched the difference to 46-33.

Closing out a 15-point quarter, Henderson knocked down two free throws and a deep 3 to give the Panthers a 51-37 cushion going into the fourth quarter.

Green's jumper from the left baseline off the touch pass from Mike Givens gave Sterlington its biggest lead, 57-38.

Seay scored the Tigers' final 17 points on five 3-pointers to make the final respectable. His fourth 3-pointer of the quarter closed the gap to 10, 62-52, near the four-minute mark.

Free throws by Green and Key, surrounded Justin Fuller's rebound basket, increased the Panthers' lead to 66-52 with 1:11 remaining.

Henderson tallied 26 points on five treys, Key found the range for 17, Green picked up 11, Fuller and Rivera contributed six and Givens two for the Panthers (10-3).

Seay heated up for 25 of his 36 points in the second half for the Tigers (3-7). Jones scored nine, Xavier Hargraves five, Killian four, Tatum two and Zak Wade one.

Tournament play continues Thursday with Beekman squaring off against Caldwell at 5:30 p.m., and Sterlington vs. Winnfield at 7 p.m.