Southwood keeps pace in 1-5A race on Senior Night

By PRESTON EDWARDS, Journal Sports

Southwood had a pair of tall tasks going into its Tuesday night District 1-5A battle with Benton. Presently tied for third place, the Cowboys were attempting to stay within two games of district-leading Captain Shreve. Secondly, and maybe most important this night, they were trying to capture a win on Senior Night.

The Pokes did just that as they led the majority of the game and cruised to a 60-46 victory over the visiting Benton Tigers.

Senior Marquarius Johnson led his team on Senior Night, and all scorers, with 20. Sophomore Jeremiah Evans had his own block party while he posted a triple-double of 13 points, 12 rebounds and 10 blocks.

The interior defense of the Cowboys made it difficult for the Tigers to score. Each Cowboy big man contested shots on the perimeter and in the paint making the night a rough one for Benton.

Coach Brandon Gultery was elated about the win and he was enthused about how his seniors led the team on Senior Night.

“The win was much needed before heading to Natchitoches Central on Friday night,” said Gutlery. “I am happy about the way the seniors played on Senior Night. Tahj Graham picked his spots well in being aggressive, Roderick Brown did a great job on both ends scoring and defending the rim. Of course, Marquarius Johnson was that scorer we needed him to be.”

Coach Gultery finished his statement saying that he looked forward to finishing the season continuing their winning ways.

With the win, the 21st ranked Cowboys improved to 15-14 on the season and 8-3 in the district. Benton, who was led by super sophomore Greg Manning scoring 18 on the night, fell to 3-8 in district. They now have a 10-21 record on the year.

Lady Cowboys win close one

A 1-5A barnburner was what we saw on the girls side at the Ranch on Senior Night as Southwood defeated Benton 37-34. The Lady Cowboys’ matchup zone frustrated the Lady Tigers and held them to nine second-half points while they scored 14 points in an opportunistic fashion.

Jermesha Frierson led both teams with 20 points as the Lady Cowboys moved to 21-9 on the season. Benton center Jada Stewart scored 17 in defeat. The Lady Tigers are now 7-6 in district with an overall 20-10 record on the season.

Photo by Preston Edwards