Sterlington 39, Beekman 30
Kaela Mullins scored seven of her game-high 16 points and Jayla Stewart provided a pair of crucial buckets in the fourth quarter to help Sterlington pull away for a 39-30 victory over Beekman on the first day of the Sterlington Shoot-Out, Wednesday evening.
Beekman led for much of the first half until foul trouble began to take its toll.
Gracie Wooden split two defenders and Jesci Lord banked home a 12-footer to give the visitors an early 7-4 lead.
Beekman was up 7-5 at the end of the of the quarter.
Ashleigh Davis' 3-pointer from the left corner tied the game at 8-8. After Sterlington's Michaela Waters and Beekman's Kateland Fulmer traded free throws, Waters connected on a 13-footer from the lane to give the Lady Panthers an 11-9 edge.
Kasadee Armfield set up Lord inside before Wooden's steal and layup gave the Lady Tigers their final lead, 13-11.
With Alexis Crumley and Hannah Irby whistled for their third fouls, the Lady Panthers closed out the half with seven unanswered points on 5-of-10 free throw shooting. Mullins' layup was the only field goal during the run as the Lady Panthers built an 18-13 halftime margin.
Stewart's layup, two Madeline Rogers free throws and Mullins' jumper from the lane capped a 13-0 flurry as Sterlington expanded its advantage to 24-13 early in the third quarter.
Hanging tough, Beekman battled its way back into the game.
Still trailing by 11, the Lady Tigers closed within 26-19 on Wooden's jumper from the right baseline and Lord's bucket from the right wing.
Rogers interrupted the Lady Tigers' flurry with a free throw, but Wooden's 3 from the left corner trimmed the margin to 27-22 entering the final eight minutes.
Mullins swished both ends of a shooting foul to open the fourth quarter scoring.
Beekman scored on its first two possessions of the quarter. Armfield worked her way inside and Wooden dished to Lord in the paint to bring the Lady Tigers within 29-26.
Mullins' huge 3 from the left side widened the spread to six.
Fulmer's transition layup and Wooden's deep two brought Beekman within 32-30 with 4:44 to play.
Sterlington took over from there, closing out the game with a 9-0 spree.
Stewart's rebound bucket and a pair of Mullins free throws on the Lady Panthers' two ensuing possessions increased the difference to 36-30.
After holding the Lady Tigers to one shot, the Lady Panthers ran nearly two minutes off the clock before giving up possession on a tie ball.
Beekman's next trip ended with a turnover, and Stewart drove the right baseline to give Sterlington an insurmountable 38-30 lead with 1:06 to play.
Mullins was the only double figures scorer for Sterlington (10-8), which snapped a three-game losing streak. Stewart finished with seven, Davis and Rogers pitched in six apiece and Waters four.
Scoring for Beekman (5-7) were Wooden with 13, Lord with 12, Fulmer with three and Armfield with two.
The three-day tournament concludes Thursday and Friday. Beekman and General Trass tip off Thursday's action at 10 a.m., with Sterlington taking on Homer at 5:30 p.m.
Friday's games include West Ouachita vs. Beekman at 3 p.m. and Sterlington vs. Bastrop at 7:30 p.m.