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Sat
18
Feb

Lady Chiefs tame the Lady Lions in playoffs

By Ashley Froust
sports@natchitochestimes.com

At game time the Lady Chiefs were confident in their position: home court advantage and placed seventh in the 5A playoffs. Lafayette was still determined with their 26 ranking.

From the moment of tipoff, the Lady Lions played strong surprising the Lady Chiefs. During the first half the Lady Chiefs were slightly off with their shooting, had tons of shots and were strong on defense. Lafayette pushed through the sturdy defense for nine points in the first quarter and NCHS made 14. For the Lady Lions, Jada Wiltz scored a free throw and a 2-point basket and Cailey Auguillard, Elisha Moulton and Na’Lani Zeno each dropped in a basket. For the Lady Chiefs, Jada Duncantell dropped in two 3- pointers and a free throw, Jolie Williams made a free throw and 2-point basket and Kierra Brimzy and Trinity Davis each put away a 2-pointer.

Sat
18
Feb

Lady Chief Libero signs with Mountain View College

“ I love all my family and I’m ver y thankful for them. My life wouldn’t be the same without them. I hope to make them proud with ever ything. -Kristin Smith

Kristin Duirden Smith and her family moved to Natchitoches June of 2015. When Smith arrived at Natchitoches Central, she wanted to continue playing volleyball but there was one roadblock: the parish, let alone the school, did not have a program for the sport. She approached Coach Nikki Murphy in attempts to start up a program so she could continue developing her talents and passion. “I started playing in seventh grade at Desert View Middle School.

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Thu
16
Feb

NCHS dominates Pineville, average 56-percent shooting from the field

By Ashley Froust

The Natchitoches Chiefs dominated the hardwood Friday night when they played at home against district foe, Pineville Rebels.

The Chiefs took over the court, advancing quickly. In the first quarter they scored 21 points allowing only 13 from Pineville. In the second, they dropped in 19 and held Pineville to 11 points. After halftime the Chiefs’ pursuit was slowed and both sides were only able to put away eight points. The Chiefs got their heads back in the fourth, dropping in 21 points and allowing only nine from the Rebels.

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Thu
16
Feb

Tigers finish off Block 64-58 after strong season for District title

By Ashley Froust

The St, Mary’s Tigers have had a strong season going 18-8 overall with a final 9-1 district season. The Tigers competed against Block once before. The first matchup resulted in a 71-59 loss for the Tigers Jan. 24.

This time the Tigers had home court advantage and it came out in their favor. The Tigers showed that they had what it took to defeat the Block Bears with a 64-58 win. It was a hard fought battle between the two sides when frustrations ran high for Block when the Tigers stopped their aggressive offense and pushed back with equal force.

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Thu
16
Feb

St. Mary Lady Tigers take District with 9-1 record

By Ashley Froust

The St. Mary’s Lady Tigers looked forward to the final game of the regular season play that would allow them a “do-over” against Block High School’s Lady Bears Thursday, Feb. 9. The first time the two teams met on the hardwood, Block dominated and struck down the Lady Tigers in a 70-43 game. Thursday night they were prepared for the aggressive Lady Bears. They responded to every attack and pushed quickly on offense. Both sides kept a quick pace, making every effort to slow down and any mistake costly.

In the first quarter, the Lady Tigers and Block stayed neck-and-neck with a one point lead for SMH.

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Sat
11
Feb

NCHS Chiefs improve 5-2 in district after 57-43 win over Ruston Tuesday night

By Ashley Froust

Natchitoches Central High School’s basketball programs hosted a district doubleheader against Ruston Tuesday, Feb. 7. The Chiefs took the court with a 21-6 overall record and 4-2 in district. The Ruston Bearcats were 18-9 overall and 2-3 in district. The Chiefs did not play their strongest, but still emerged victorious with a 57- 43 win. In the first quarter, both teams dropped in 14 points. For the Chiefs, Brian White made a 3-pointer and a 2-point basket, Brandon Rachal made two 2-pointers and Calvin Carpenter made a 2-pointer and 3-point basket. For the Bearcats, Terrance Dodson made a 3-pointer, Trane Hargrove dropped in two 3- pointers, Malique Barnes made a 2-pointer and a free throw and Dmarques Harris made a 2-point basket.

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Sat
11
Feb

SMH Lady Tigers fall to Many

By Ashley Froust

The St. Mary’s Lady Tigers faced 2A school Many in a nondistrict matchup Monday night. The Lady Tigers were 14-8 overall and Many was 9-13. However, Many was a powerful force on the hardwood, keeping St. Mary’s on their toes with their quick responses and offensive attacks. In the first quarter, Many put up 20 points and held St. Mary’s to seven. In the second, St. Mary’s began to adjust to Many with both sides putting away 13 points. In the second half, Many continued their forward assault with 12 points in the third and 13 in the fourth. St. Mary’s were held to only four points in the third and six in the final quarter.

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Thu
09
Feb

St. Mary’s continues taking control of district; Tigers and Lady Tigers now 8-0

By Ashley Froust

The St. Mary’s Tigers and Lady Tigers have been sweeping away their competitors in the 3-1A district. The two teams took on Northwood-Lena Friday night at home and left Tiger fans proud as they continued their district domination. After four quarters, the Tigers defeated the Gators 68-49 and Lady Tigers won 55- 27.

When the Tigers took the court, they struggled to gain a lead against Northwood- Lena’s Gators only dropping in 14 points while the Gators made 17. For the Tigers, Bailey Shelton made a 3- pointer, Jackie Johnson made two 2s, Aaron Howell made a 2-pointer and a free throw, Parker Bankston made a 3-pointer and Wes Manuel dropped in a free throw. Northwood had 17 points of which two shots were 3-pointers and one was a free throw.

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Thu
09
Feb

Lady Chiefs defeat ASH in their second tipoff

By Ashley Froust

The Lady Chiefs tipped-off against Alexandria Senior High for the second time this season Friday, Feb. 3. The Lady Chiefs were 19-8, 5-2 in district while the Lady Trojans were 15-9, 3-4 in district. Their first game resulted in a NCHS win 60-48. After four quarters, and a chance for the Lady Trojans to earn redemption, they fell once more, this time 89-62.

This time Jolie Williams hit a shocking 32 points along with six rebounds, five assists and four steals. Of the 32 points, she made seven 3-pointers.

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Sat
04
Feb

Lady Gators victorious after dominating performance

By Ashley Froust

The Lakeview Lady Gators traveled to Lakeside High School for a district game. The Lady Gators were 13-8 overall and 2-4 in district going into the matchup. Lakeside was 9-17 overall and 2-4 in district. In the first quarter the Lady Gators dominated the court dropping in 13 points and holding Lakeside to only five. Jada Williams scored two 3- pointers and a free throw, Nykeria “Keke” Jones scored two free throws and a 2-pointer and Savannah Walter scored a 2-pointer.

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