The Leesville Wampus Cats overcame a late deficit to knock off the Sam Houston Broncos on Tuesday at the Westlake Tournament, 49-45.
With the win, Leesville (2-4) advanced to the finals of the event, where the Cats will face either Rosepine or Welsh at 8 p.m. today.
The Broncos owned an 11-10 lead at the end of the first quarter and used an 11-8 advantage in the second period to open up a 22-18 cushion at the intermission.
However, the Cats went to work in the second half.
Leesville outscored the Broncos, 12-10, in the third quarter, cutting the halftime deficit in half, getting to within two points of the Sam Houston lead, 32-30.
In the fourth, the Cats exploded for 19 points and secured their spot in the tournament finals.
Demetrius Mark led Leesville with 14 points, while freshman Diontay Thurman came in with 13 points.
Sam Houston, coached by former Anacoco boss Keith Waddell, got 17 points from Dylan Chacone.


WESTLAKE — For the second time in three days, the Leesville Lady Cats earned a win over the Welsh Lady Greyhounds.
This time, it was 48-40 decision in the consolation bracket of the Westlake Tournament.
Welsh took a 14-10 lead at the end of the first quarter and managed to hold on to the advantage going into the locker room at the break, 21-18.
However, Leesville (2-4) used a huge 21-8 surge in the third period to turn things around, going into the fourth and final frame of regulation with a 39-29 advantage.
Welsh outscored Leesville in the fourth, but not by enough to get the win.
Natasha Franca scored 12 points and dished out six assists for the Lady Cats, while Dominique Rodriguez added 10 points and 17 rebounds. Tiffany Wallace finished with eight points and six rebounds, while Randi Kennedy contributed six points, nine rebounds and six assists.
Jasmine Wright finished with six points and nine boards for the Lady Cats, while Elexus Featherstone had five points and eight rebounds.
Lauren Pickle led Welsh with 22 points.
Leesville plays either Vinton or Westlake at 12:30 p.m. today in the consolation finals.


PINEVILLE — The Hornbeck Lady Hornets overcame an early 18-point deficit to post a 64-60 win over the Plainview Lady Hornets on Tuesday at the WAA Coca-Cola/McDonald's Invitational at Louisiana College.
Plainview (10-4) jumped out to a 20-10 lead at the end of the first quarter and was up by as many as 18 points in the second period before settling on a 36-23 advantage at the intermission.
Hornbeck (9-6) managed to take a few points off the deficit in the third period, using a 19-15 scoring edge to get to within nine entering the fourth quarter, 51-42.
In the final frame, Hornbeck went on a 22-9 run, overtaking Plainview and getting the victory.
Breanna Poston led Hornbeck with 19 points, all coming in the second half, while Haley Baggs and Kaitlyn Fields finished with 12 and 11 points, respectively.
Skylar Chenevert paced Plainview with 26 points, while Tiffany and LaToya Perkins came in with 14 and 12 points, respectively.
Hornbeck takes to the road Saturday against Pickering.


PITKIN — Despite trailing entering the fourth quarter, the Pitkin Lady Tigers earned a huge victory on Tuesday night at home, defeating the Converse Lady Wildcats, 54-52.
The Lady Tigers (5-8) owned an 11-8 lead at the end of the first period, but saw Converse (5-7) rally to within a point at the intermission, 25-24.
In the third quarter, the Lady Wildcats used an 11-8 advantage to take a 35-33 lead into the final frame of regulation.
The two teams pretty much exchanged buckets throughout the fourth quarter, but Pitkin pulled away late to get the win.
Karli West led Pitkin with 13 points, while Megan Ford added 10 points.
Kayla Boggs and Kristin Craig each had 20 points for Converse in the loss.
The Lady Tigers return to action on Dec. 2 at Rosepine.


SIMPSON — Katelyn Martin scored a career-high 21 points as the Simpson Lady Broncos improved to 5-8 overall with a 48-31 victory over the Negreet Lady Indians on Tuesday.
Negreet and Simpson struggled offensively in the first quarter with the Lady Indians owning a 4-3 lead after eight minutes on the court.
But in the second period, Simpson used an 18-10 surge to take a 21-14 advantage into the intermission.
A 14-8 run by the Lady Indians in the third cut the deficit to one at the end of the frame, but Simpson responded with a 19-3 outburst in the fourth to secure the victory.
Mary Nichols had 18 points to lead Negreet.
Simpson will be back in action on Dec. 2 at Oak Hill.