Natchitoches Jr. High earns second in home tournament

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Seventh grade Lady Indians are Tyra Washington, Madison Hayes, Ma’Kenzie Carter, Savanna Braxton, Sierra Kilgore, Ke’Asia Coleman, Ma’kayla Gallien, Taylor Brooks, Shawnice Rice-Jones and Ja’niya Turner. Eighth grade Lady Indians are Layla Llorance, India Jackson, Saniya Nelson, Zelia Frazier, Nyla Helaire, Aamya Charles, Laderrcia Williams, Jasmine Holmes, Dietra Jackson, Denaria Burks and Ta’rya Johnson. Managers are Ya’mira Rabon, Destyni Hamilton, Bre’auana Logan and Tyshae Sowell.

By Marco Clark, exclusive to the Times

The Natchitoches Jr. High Lady Indians had an impressive showing throughout their home weekend tournament. The Lady Indians coaches Velverlon Holden and Britani Fields led the Lady Indians to a 3 and 1 record during the tournament. The three wins came by way of victories over Connection, Linwood and Winnfield. Their only loss came at the hands of Red River Jr. High who went on to capture the first place finish leaving the Lady Indians in second.

Coach Fields added after the game, “Both teams played well throughout the game. Our girls just came up short of the win this year. The Red River coaches and players deserved the victory so hopefully, we will have an opportunity to play them next year and things can turn out differently.”

From the opening tip-off, the game was fast-paced with Red River showing their continuity on offense, going 5 for 5 on their first five possessions. The Lady Indians had trouble adjusting to Red River early but after a timeout by Coach Fields they returned to the court and scored two unanswered baskets.

NJH’s Zelia Frazier and Saniya Nelson each scored four points apiece leading the Lady Indians in single player scoring. The ladies from Red River played well enough to stay in front of NJH with the final score of 33-24.