Gators down Cowboys in fight for District 1-5A lead

By PRESTON EDWARDS, Journal Sports

“We are just happy to be in the position to fight for a share of first place” was the sentiment of Southwood coach Brandon Gultery before the Cowboys district battle with Shreve at the Swamp.

With the Cowboys coming in riding a 6-game winning streak (all district wins), coach Gultery and his team were in a different frame of mind from the first game with the Gators.

Unfortunately, the Cowboys had the same result. Shreve held the Cowboys to a two-point third quarter and 11 points in the second half as they won 39-22 before a packed house.

Shreve coach Corey Deans was elated by the Gators defensive performance as they held the Cowboys to seven made field goals in the contest.

“We did not miss an assignment tonight,” said Deans. We did not double team anyone and we hung our hat on our defense tonight. Offense will come and go. But I could not ask any more of them than they gave.”

The senior duo of Davieon Coleman and Kyron Reed each scored 10 points as they led Shreve to the victory. Sophomore Jeremiah Evans led the Cowboys in scoring with 11 (most of those coming in the fourth quarter).

With the win, Shreve takes over first place as Natchitoches Central falls to Airline. Southwood now has two losses in the district (both to the Gators) and are tied for second in this tight 1-5A race.

SOUTHWOOD 65 – CAPTAIN SHREE 45: The Lady Cowboys were rude visitors to the Swamp on senior night as they defeated the Lady Gators by 20. Jermesha Frierson paced the Lady Cowboys with 27 (15 in the third quarter). She got some help in the post with Allina Milton scoring 10 points. Her three buckets in a row sparked the third quarter run by Southwood. The Lady Pokes improved to 7-3 in district with the win. Carley Hamilton, the Lady Gators freshman point guard, scored 15 in the loss.

Other Friday results

The Airline Vikings avenge their one point loss at home earlier this season to Natchitoches Central by defeating the Chiefs 56-54. Airline did not pull this off without drama as the Vikings found a way to force overtime being down eight points with 30 ticks left on the clock in regulation. The Vikings finished the overtime contest with four players in double figures led by Antonio “AJ” Coleman and his 13 points.

The Woodlawn Knights came back from an early 20 point deficit to defeat 1-4A district leaders Huntington 58-57.

Benton senior Jalen Taylor poured in 22 as Benton pulled off the road win at Parkway.

Bossier, Haughton, and Green Oaks were also winners in their respective district games on Friday night.

Photo by Preston Edwards