DENHAM SPRINGS -- With solid execution in most phases and timely offensive bursts from several players, Denham Springs High made the first 24 minutes of a Class 5A bi-district playoff game with Covington on Friday very easy on the eyes to the loud home crowd at Hornsby Gym.
WALKER -- Walker breezed past Sulphur 72-50 in the opening round of the Class 5A state playoffs on Friday, to move into the second round for the second year in a row.
Coaches love catch phrases, especially at this time of year when seasons either end or go on depending on the outcome.
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.
WALKER -- Plenty of reasons for sputtering and coughing Friday night when Walker and Central clashed to close out the 2017-18 regular season. In particular, there lots of built-in distractions for the home Wildcats. So an early deficit wasn’t totally unexpected.
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.
WATSON -- Live Oak did everything it could for nearly 20 minutes Tuesday to frustrate, slow down and derail Walker to get the final week of the regular season started.
CENTRAL -- The first point of the third quarter Tuesday between Denham Springs High and Central wasn’t scored until 4:29 showed on the clock.
DENHAM SPRINGS -- For most of the first two quarters Friday, Walker and Denham Springs High swapped control of the tempo in a parish showdown at Hornsby Gym and not a whole lot was settled.
ZACHARY -- It was only a matter of time before a couple things happened Tuesday when Zachary hosted Denham Springs High in a District 4-5A game between a pair of teams that seemed to be headed in opposite directions.
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.
CENTRAL -- Winning basketball games requires a lot of different ingredients. When you’re finding the bottom of the net from all over the court and rolling up the scoreboard with relative ease, the other stuff isn’t quite as vital.
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.
DENHAM SPRINGS -- Tuesday's game was the rubber match between Denham Springs High and Live Oak. The Yellow Jackets hung on for a 51-45 victory – their second against the Eagles in a week span – thanks to three clutch free throws by Xavier Miles, who hit a game-winning jump shot in the previo…
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.
WATSON -- Sports always seems to find a way to come back around and even things out, especially when two talented teams in a competitive district get together.
DENHAM SPRINGS -- Character tests take on myriad different looks during a long basketball season. They don’t always have to be pretty.
WATSON -- District 4-5A play hasn’t begun in boys’ basketball yet. Try convincing the three Livingston Parish teams that the last few games when they’ve met don’t matter as much, though.
WALKER -- The back-to-back games this season, against two of the state’s premier powerhouses, leaped off of Walker’s schedule.
WALKER -- Winning plays tend to show up in offensive stats and on highlight film pretty often. Not always, though, especially when they come on the defensive end of the floor.
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.
WALKER -- On a night that was an offensive struggle for Jalen Cook and most of his Walker teammates – largely due to a sticky defensive performance from Denham Springs High – things came down to 9 seconds, one possession and a chance.
WATSON -- In a nobody-was-gonna-blink first 12 minutes Friday night, Central and Live Oak looked the part of the two evenly matched teams they seemed to be.
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.
GEISMAR -- KJ Franklin’s free throw gave St. Amant a 48-45 lead over Central with 25 seconds left on the clock Monday and that was enough to give the Gators their 18th win on the season.