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Boltons Reginald Williams (24 front) jumps to catch a loose ball against Leesvilles Trevon Hairston (3) on Friday_ To the right is Logan Barton (30).

Photo Courtesy of Melinda Martinez / The Town Talk
Bears fall to Leesville in District 3-4A Opener

From The Town Talk

By: Warren Hayes

Leesville boys basketball coach Carl Mastro is looking for perfection from his basketball team.

Playing in a district that consists of Alexandria Senior High, Tioga and Peabody, Friday night's 67-53 win at Bolton -- which started 3-4A district play -- shows him that his team still has plenty of work to do.

"We gave up a lot of fast break points," he said. "This district is tough. ASH has a lot of seniors, Peabody is a championship team and Tioga has a good coach (in Lance Brasher). It's just as important to win on the road as it is at home."


Bolton boys basketball coach Fred Elio said his team should be proud of their effort against Leesville.


"We only have one senior and that can show a lot sometimes," he said. "We have a problem with turnovers. People said Peabody will take a step back this year, but you can't tell because Charles Smith is a championship coach. Hopefully, we can play better defense."


Leesville (19-2, 1-0) led by as much as eight points in each quarter but gave up their biggest lead to Bolton when Logan Barton, who finished the night with six points, made a jump shot outside of the three-point line to cut Leesville lead to 47-44 with 5:36 left in the fourth quarter.


Bolton (11-6, 0-1) would go on an 8-0 run after but Leesville started a 5-0 run stared with a lay up by DeShawn Lewis and a monstrous-fast-break dunk by Rodrick Kelly, who finished with 10 points, gave Leesville a 56-47 lead with 2:08 left in the fourth.


Bolton's Reggie Williams cut Leesville's lead slightly to 67-51 with a 3-pointer with 1:17 left in the fourth.


"We're a young team," he said. "I have seen improvement in players. Don't count us out yet. We have the tools to win."


Leesville's Vidall Corbin finished with a team-high 17 points. The crowd was silent when Corbin tried a dunk and fell to the floor on a fast break. He layed on the floor for five minutes before he was able to stand up.


"I hurt my groin on that play," he said, after coming from the locker room with a bag of ice. "I need to learn how to pass the ball more. I'm proud of the way this team has been playing."


Bolton looked like a team that was going to take the lead from Leesville when the Bears went on an 8-0 run in the second quarter. Ralph Johnson ignited the run when he made two free throws after being fouled by Kelly during a lay up. His teammate, Donovan Thomas, who finished with a team-high 17 points, made a 3-pointer to cut Leesville's lead to 25-20.


Leesville's DeShawn Lewis ended Bolton's run with a lay up with 3:12 left in the second and extended the team's lead back to seven points.


"We've been fouling too much, especially on fast breaks," Mastro said. "Wins are hard to get on the road. We can't take anyone for granted in this district."


Elio said his team seemed a little sluggish.


"The only way you get better is if you play tough competition," he said. "We face Peabody, and I know we will be in for a fight. This district is getting stronger."



Leesville 56, Bolton 28: Leesville's Braile Fields ignited a 12-0 run in the first quarter and had a team-high 18 points to lead the Lady Wildcats over Bolton 56-28 Friday night at Bolton.

The senior scored on a lay up to start the run to give her team a 30-7 lead with 2:37 left in the second.

Bolton's Kristin Reed ended the run when she scored on a lay up with 5:33 left with Leesville leading 32-10.

Fields scored 14 points in the first, six in the second and four in the fourth quarter.

Bolton's Whitney Jacobs finished with a team-high six points.