Grambling drops SWAC pair; BPCC softball gets home sweep

TOP TIGER: Shawndarius Cowart led Grambling with 20 points Monday night

By JOURNAL STAFF

PRAIRIE VIEW, Texas — The Grambling State men’s basketball team trailed by 11 after a cold seven-minute stretch before a late rally fell painfully short as the Tigers dropped a heartbreaker, 71-70, to Prairie View A&M in a Southwestern Athletic Conference game Monday night at the William J. Nicks Babydome.

The loss kept the G-Men from a three-way tie for the league lead. They visit one of the top teams, Southern, on Saturday.

Grambling State (10-15 overall, 8-5 SWAC) trailed 62-51 with 5:06 remaining but fought back to the bitter end before falling at Prairie View for the fourth straight time. Prairie View is coached by former Airline High School star Byron Smith.

Shawndarius Cowart paced Grambling State with 20 points, including 11-of-13 from the foul line. Tra’Michael Moton recorded 16 points, five assists, four boards and three steals, while AJ Taylor contributed 11 points and eight boards. Prince Moss added 10 points.

William Douglas led Prairie View A&M (6-15, 6-7) with 23 points, along with seven rebounds, three assists, three steals and three blocked shots.

In the first game of the SWAC hoops doubleheader, Alexus Holt scored 12 of her team-high 19 points in the first half, but it wasn’t enough as the Grambling women’s team fell behind by eight early in the fourth quarter and could not recover in a 71-63 loss to Prairie View.

Grambling State (10-14 overall, 7-6 SWAC) trailed multiple times by eight points during the final quarter and cut the deficit to 65-63 with a little less than two minutes left, but couldn’t take the lead.

Holt shot 7-of-13 from the floor to lead all Grambling State scorers with 19 points, along with five assists, two rebounds and two steals. Justice Coleman poured in 15 points, with seven boards, three assists and three steals.

Diana Rosenthal paced Prairie View A&M (11-13, 8-5) with a game-high 25 points, on 8-of-12 shooting.

SOFTBALL

BPCC 6-5, HILL COLLEGE 5-1: At Bossier Parish CC, the Lady Cavs used a walk-off two-run double from Nicolette Blenker in a 3-run seventh inning rally to win game one and rode a pair of home runs in the second game for the doubleheader sweep. Dylian Sanay led off the seventh-inning rally with her second home run of the day. Pitcher Primrose Aholelei had a sixth-inning homer that drew the Cavs to within 5-3. Frances Robinson put the Cavs up 2-0 in the second inning of the second game with a 2-run homer and Haylee Ladner (3-for-3) added a 3-run bomb in the fifth inning for insurance. The Cavaliers are now 5-1.

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