SCOTLANDVILLE -- Keeping Ja’Vonte Smart in check has been a challenge for Scotlandville opponents for four years, especially the last few weeks when he has played at the highest level in his high school career.
One finish line arrives for boys basketball teams around the state on Friday, with many poised to re-start things next week when the playoffs begin.
Latoria Stewart thought her son was going to be a baseball player, but on National Signing Day, an emotional Kelvin Joseph signed official paperwork to play football at LSU.
SCOTLANDVILLE -- A late turnover wiped out a chance to tie the game or go ahead in the closing minute Tuesday as Live Oak dropped a 51-49 decision at Scotlandville.
WATSON -- A handful of teams have figured out a way to slow down Scotlandville standout Ja’Vonte Smart a little bit this season -- which is relative considering how explosive the LSU signee is.
BATON ROUGE -- Walker tuned up for its next parish showdown with a road game at Belaire on Tuesday, and while it was a grind, the Wildcats remained on course with a 72-59 triumph.
Two weeks remain in the 2017-18 regular season and for the Walker girls, that includes handful of key games remaining before they embark on promising postseason journey.
WALKER -- When two teams go at each other so hard for 31 minutes and most of a 32nd, it’s almost a surprise when the game gets settled by the smallest of glitches.
BATON ROUGE -- Walker grabbed control early against Scotlandville and was in control enough to make a 48-32 victory rather mundane on Tuesday.
Walker and Scotlandville have played a lot of basketball coming into this week and still have plenty left to look forward to as the 2017-18 season reaches the stretch run.
BATON ROUGE -- Scotlandville star Ja’Vonte Smart registered a triple-double with 47 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists to power the Hornets to a convincing 92-59 win at Broadmoor on Tuesday.
DENHAM SPRINGS -- Denham Springs High failed to knock down the shots it needed in a 48-36 loss against Scotlandville on Tuesday in a belated District 4-5A opener for both teams.
Power points create a little less emphasis on district games and the impact they have on the postseason. Don’t mistake that for those games not meaning a lot to the players involved, though.
Usually by now, a routine has set in for high school basketball teams. A district season has begun with round-robin play against familiar opponents.
District 4-5A football was again solid pretty much from top to bottom, which is reflected by six of the league’s seven teams still working this week as the LHSAA playoffs get rolling.
High school football is a multi-faceted thing. The journey from late July to the start of the season, the 10-week grind through a regular season when every game has a personality of its own and then the third phase when the playoffs begin.
Predictability isn’t something that has been woven into the theme of the 2017 District 4-5A season. In fact, Forrest Gump and his box of chocolates theory fit better than anything else.