Bastrop 53, Union Parish 20
Bastrop is at its best when using its defensive to create easy baskets. When the shots aren't falling, that can be a problem.
"If we score, we can press," Bastrop coach Gerline Guillaume said. "If we don't score, we can't press."
Putting together its second straight offensive game, the Lady Rams may have finally shaken their prolonged shooting slump just in time to make a push for the playoffs.
Seniors Casual Williams and Javia Kennedy combined for 36 points as the Lady Rams overwhelmed Union Parish 53-20 Monday night at Sam's Place.
Trailing 17-3 at the end of the first quarter, the Lady Rams put on their best offensive display of the season in an eventual 62-60 loss to Franklin Parish on Friday.
Against Union, the Lady Rams led 50-20 through three quarters before going deep into the bench in the final frame.
Back-to-back buckets by Raliah Gatson staked the Lady Farmers to an early 5-2 lead.
Williams' jumper from the lane, six straight points by Kennedy and Williams' steal and layup off the press sparked a 10-0 run as Bastrop moved ahead 12-5.
Sheniya Thomas' 3-pointer closed the margin to 12-8 as the first quarter drew to a close.
Using its press to assume command, the Lady Rams opened the second frame on a 12-0 run.
Williams tipped an errant pass to herself near midcourt and converted the layup to trigger the flurry. It was the first of five straight layups set up by turnovers. Kennedy and Chyberia Wilson scored easy baskets and Williams added six straight points off of a pair of layups and a bucket from the right corner as the Lady Rams expanded their lead to 24-8.
Bastrop maintained a 28-12 spread at halftime and increased the difference to 50-20 at the end of three.
Williams scored 12 of her 20 points in the second quarter while Kennedy accounted for half of her 16 points in the opening frame. Also scoring for Bastrop (6-16) were Wilson and Tiffany Washington with six apiece, Destiny Cephas and Martianna Johnson with two apiece and Destiny Neblett with one.
Union's scoring line included eight from Gatson, four from Carla Copeib, three from Sheniya Thomas, two apiece from Janiya Paschal and Makayla Ferguson and one from Kiyonna McNeal.
Resuming District 2-4A play Friday night, Bastrop faces West Ouachita at 6 p.m. in Cadeville.