Sterlington 65, Logansport 57
Sterlington blasted out to a big lead early and fended off Logansport's fourth quarter surge for a 65-57 win Friday night.
In addition to Logansport, the Panthers (13-3) defeated Beekman, Winnfield and Caldwell on their way to going 4-0 in the Sterlington Shoot-Out.
Sterlington never trailed against Logansport, racing to a 16-2 first quarter lead and carrying a 30-16 bulge into the half.
Logansport began to make its move early in the third quarter.
Christian Thomas single-handedly got the Tigers back into the game with a 3-pointer, a fast break layup and another trey, closing the deficit to 30-24.
After the Panthers took a timeout, Trea Green's 3-pointer from the right wing extended the spread to 33-24.
Continuing to chip away, the Tigers closed within 42-38 on Trey McKeever's jumper from the key.
Green made 2-of-3 free throws on the Panthers' next possession.
Back on the defensive end, Green tipped an errant pass to himself and raced for a layup to give the Panthers a 46-38 cushion going into the final frame.
Trailing 55-49, the Tigers made one final push.
John Stephens' rebound bucket and Trey McKeever's 16-footer closed the deficit to 55-53 with 1:39 remaining.
Drawing the foul on the perimeter, Mike Givens sank all three free throws to put Sterlington up 58-53 with 1:28 on the clock.
Keysavalyn Barnes' layup brought Logansport within three, but Colby Rivera drove the left baseline to give Sterlington a 60-55 lead with 58 seconds to play.
Logansport missed two free throws on its next sequence before Green knocked down both ends of a one-and-one, bringing to the score to 62-55 with :32.9 seconds to go.
Stephens' bucket off the offensive glass cut the margin to 62-57, but the Tigers were running out of time with only 21 seconds left.
Ten seconds later, Justin Fuller's putback clinched the victory for the Panthers.
Henderson registered 21 points and three steals and Green tallied 19 points to pace the Sterlington scoring. Both drilled three 3-pointers. Reid Handy tacked on nine points on a trio of second quarter trifectas. Rivera contributed six points, Justin Fuller had five points to go with a team-high 11 rebounds, Mike Givens supplied three points and Kaden Key added two points and six assists.
Stephens paced the Tigers (4-6) with 19 points, including a pair of fourth quarter dunks. Keavin McKeever and Trey McKeever were next with 12 apiece, Thomas added 10 — all in the second half — and Barnes had four.
Closing out pre-district play with a pair of road games next week, the Panthers visit Caldwell on Tuesday and Winnfield on Friday.