PICKERING — The Pickering Lady Red Devils picked up their second straight District 3-2A victory on Tuesday night, beating the Menard Lady Eagles rather easily, 48-24.

PICKERING — The Pickering Lady Red Devils picked up their second straight District 3-2A victory on Tuesday night, beating the Menard Lady Eagles rather easily, 48-24.

With the victory, the Lady Red Devils improved to 15-12 overall, 3-3 in district heading into a showdown with the Bunkie Lady Panthers on the road in league play.

Menard (14-13, 2-4), behind four points from Kourtney Busby and a bucket from standout Maddie Smith, owned a 6-4 lead at the end of the first period as the game got off to a very slow start.

However, the Lady Red Devils really began to pick up the pace in the second period, while also finding its rhythm shooting the ball.

Kierra Sanderlin and Breanna Redden got things going, with Sanderlin scoring seven points, while Redden added five points as the Lady Red Devils used an 18-4 surge in the frame to open up a 22-10 advantage at the halftime intermission.

Mahogany Griffin did the majority of the scoring in the third period for the Lady Red Devils as they used a 16-7 surge in the third quarter.

Getting a little help from Moriah Jones, Griffin poured in eight points in the third quarter as the Lady Red Devils managed to build their largest lead of the contest at that point, heading into the final eight minutes of play with a 38-17 advantage.

The Lady Red Devils continued their offensive assault during the early portion of the fourth period, eventually going up by 31 points, 48-17.

The Lady Eagles made things a little more respectable at the end with a quick 7-0 run, getting a 3-pointer from Sawyer Ryder and four points from Smith.

However, it was too little to late as the Lady Red Devils came away victorious.

Griffin paced the Lady Red Devils with 15 points, while Sanderlin had a triple-double, scoring 13 points, pulling down 16 rebounds and coming away with 11 steals.

Redden added 10 points in the win for the Lady Red Devils, while Jones pitched in with six points.

Smith led the way for the Lady Eagles with eight points, while Busby contributed six points.

BOYS

Pickering Red Devils....52

Menard Eagles....50

Trailing by 10 points, the Pickering Red Devils needed a spark.

Enter Tyriq Norman.

The point guard took over the final 12 minutes of play, scoring a game-high 26 points in leading the Red Devils to a 52-50 victory over the Menard Eagles on Tuesday in District 3-2A play.

With the win, the Red Devils, who travel to Bunkie on Friday night, improved to 6-15 on the season, 2-3 in league play. Menard dropped to 16-9 overall, 2-3 in district.

Pickering controlled the game in the early going as Norman scored the first five points of the contest for the Red Devils.

Michael Lombardo got the Eagles on the board with a pair of free throws, but the Red Devils were able to push out to a six-point edge, 9-3, following buckets by Jarrell Taylor and Marcus Hill.

But by the end of the frame, the Eagles had rallied behind Jourdain Dishman and Briggs Carbo to cut the gap to 11-7.

The game became a seesaw affair in the second period as the teams were tied twice, while going through five lead changes.

Norman and Shelton Anderson scored most of the points for the Red Devils, while Carbo and Dishman sparked the Eagles, who went into the locker room with a 23-21 edge.

Dishman, a 6-5 freshman, flexed his muscle in the post during the third period, guiding the Eagles to a 10-point lead before a late surge by the Red Devils cut the deficit to seven points, 41-34.

Behind Taylor and Norman, the Red Devils battled back to take a 50-48 lead, only to see Carbo tie things up late with a driving layup.

With about 10 seconds to go, Taylor made a free throw to give Pickering the lead, 51-50.

The Eagles attempted to get the ball past midcourt with a pass, only to have the ball stolen away by Norman.

He would be intentionally fouled, but managed to sink just one of the two free throws, giving Pickering a 2-point edge, 52-50.

The Red Devils managed to run out the clock after that to seal the victory.

Norman paced the Red Devils with his game-high 26 points, while Taylor finished with 11 points, seven of those coming in the decisive fourth quarter.

Carbo and Dishman each had 16 points in the contest to lead the Eagles.