By Marco Clark, exclusive to the Times
Five area teams helped NJH-FRJS kick-off the basketball season on a high note. Goldonna girls and boys, Red River girls and boys, Natchitoches Magnet girls and boys, Middle Lab boys, and NJH-FRJS girls and boys participated in a successful preview of what is to come later this season. Kicking off the first game of the evening were the eighth grade girls of Goldonna vs the Lady Mustangs of Natchitoches Magnet. The Lady Mustangs pulled out a win to earn the first victory of the night. The next match paired the Goldonna eighth grade boys with the Magnet Mustangs.
The Mustangs proved too much for Goldonna. Next, the Lady Bulldogs of Red River stepped on the court to defend their championship from the 2018 season, but the Lady Mustangs had other plans as they easily defeated Red River to improve their jamboree record to 2-0. The Red River Bulldogs hoped to have a better showing than their counterparts, but to no avail. They struggled as well, keeping it close, but losing to the Magnet Mustangs. The next game would introduce the host of the jamboree.
The NJH-FRJS Indians did not disappoint. The seventh grade Lady Indians played host to Goldonna and simply overwhelmed Goldonna with speed, speed and more speed, up and down the court. The following game matched up two city teams. The Middle Lab Demons faced the seventh grade NJH-FRJS Indians. This match-up was good until after halftime, when the Indians found their niche and went on a tear to finish the game with a victory. The next game featured perhaps the best team of the night, the home town eighth grade Lady Indians against the Lady Bulldogs of Red River.
The game was totally dominated by the Lady Indians from start to finish. There is no doubt this team will be a force to be reckoned with moving forward. Moving on to the final game of the evening, the eighth grade Red River boys took on the NJH-FRJS boys. The game was the best of the evening with a constant back and forth. NJH Indians outlasted the Bulldogs at the end to earn a hard fought victory.