Off to a 12-1 start, the Panthers entertain Caldwell Parish on Thursday before hosting the Sterlington Shootout, Dec. 27-29.

Continuing its blazing start, Sterlington went 3-0 in the West Ouachita Tournament, followed by wins over Georgetown and Downsville Charter.

Sterlington notched tournament victories over Oak Grove (57-46), Winnfield (78-56) and Delhi Charter (62-52) last weekend before stretching its winning streak to nine with road triumphs at Georgetown (72-39) Monday and Downsville (90-36) Tuesday.

"We're playing pretty good ball right now," Sterlington coach Cory Emerson said. "We played some good teams in the tournament. Oak Grove gave us a good challenge. We were able to find a way to pull away."

Kyle Henderson led a quartet of Panthers in double figures against Winnfield with 26 points. Kaden Key had 13, Malachi Broadway 12 and Michael Givens 10.

"Fred Hymes came off the bench and scored some key baskets in the fourth quarter for us in the Oak Grove game," Emerson said.

Henderson also had a big game against Delhi Charter with 29 points for the Panthers, who trailed entering the final quarter. Reid Handy tallied 11 and Key finished with 10.

"Delhi Charter was a very good game for us. They have a good team," Emerson said. "They are similar athletically to a couple of our district teams. We made some timely shots in the fourth quarter to kind of salt that one away. Reid hit three second half 3-pointers to help us take the lead."

Henderson continues to carry the Panthers (12-1) offensively, though he has gotten some help from various sources of late.

"Kyle is averaging right at 30 points a game," Emerson said, "but the thing about our team this year is we are getting so many contributions from so many different guys on the roster. We usually play 11 or 12 guys every night, and about 10 of them are going to score."

Prior to hosting their own tournament, the Panthers host Caldwell on Thursday at 4 p.m. in a girls/boys double header (note the early starting time).

SHOOTOUT: Sterlington will host its annual tournament Thursday-Saturday (Dec. 27-29), with 27 teams (16 boys, 11 girls) playing a combined 38 games (23 boys, 15, girls). Games will be played in both the main and auxiliary gymnasiums.

"We're excited about putting the tournament on," Emerson said. "I think it's one of the better tournaments in the area. We have a lot of quality teams participating. There should be some good matchups for the public to come out and see."

Sterlington will face Cedar Creek on Thursday at 7 p.m., Ferriday on Friday at 7 p.m. and Logansport on Saturday at 7 p.m.

In girls action, the Lady Panthers are pitted against Mangham on Thursday at 5:30 p.m., Bastrop on Friday at 5:30 p.m., and Oak Grove in Saturday's 7 p.m. tournament finale.

The boys field is comprised of Bastrop, Beekman, Caldwell, Calvary Baptist, Carroll, Cedar Creek, Delhi, Ferriday, Lincoln Prep, Logansport, Mangham, Oak Grove, Richwood, Southwood, Sterlington and West Ouachita.

Girls teams include Bastrop, Beekman, Carroll, Lincoln Prep, Mangham, Oak Grove, Pineville, Richwood, Sterlington, West Ouachita and Wossman.