By Marco Clark, exclusive to the Times
The Natchitoches Jr. High Indians set the tone early and often in their pursuit of the first place trophy. The Indians path to the championship was not easy but their play on the court showed differently going 4-0. The Indians beat each of their opponents by 15 points or more showing why they are highly favored to win the junior high state championship this year. Their first opponent, Green Oaks, played well early but the Indian defense halted shooting opportunities.
Green Oaks put up only 25 points, all scored in the first half. Final was NJH 42, Green Oaks 25. The next game matched NJH against Winnfield. The Indians did not score like they wanted, but they still played great defense holding Winnfield to under 20. The Indians took the 37-18 victory. The next game was against Connection.
This would be the toughest of the evening for the Indians but they came out with the victory, 25-19. The final game of the evening, the championship match, pitted the Indians against the Woodlawn Jr. High Knights. What started as an evenly matched game early resulted in a blow out by the Indians.
NJH beat the Knights in every facet of the game for a 38-20 win giving the Indians the Championship along with the first place trophy.