For the Leesville Lady Cats, they needed a win to help solidify a possible playoff berth.

For the Leesville Lady Cats, they needed a win to help solidify a possible playoff berth.

And a big win they indeed picked up.

The Lady Cats (8-15, 3-4) jumped out to a 15-point lead, gave it up and then rallied to grab a 56-54 win over the seventh-ranked Rayne Lady Wolves on Friday night in District 3-4A play.

Leesville, 27th in the most recent Class 4A power rankings, managed to hold off a very solid Rayne team, which dropped to 15-14 overall, 4-3 in league play.

The game was tied early on at 2-2 when ZaKayla Collins and Tajane Butler each scored for their respective teams.

However, a free throw by Dadriana Ford, along with buckets from freshman sensation J’Mani Ingram and Collins gave Leesville a 7-2 lead.

The lead grew to 10 points after a 3-pointer by Jarielle Jones and a driving layup from Ingram, 12-2.

However, by the end of the frame, the Lady Wolves had gotten a bucket each from Amari Collins, Butler and Tiesha Young to cut the gap to four points entering the second period, 12-8.

The Lady Cats maintained the small advantage early on, but began to put a little distance between themselves and the visitors from Rayne.

Ingram scored eight straight points and Jones buried another 3-pointer as the Lady Cats moved out to a 25-14 cushion.

Rayne attempted to battle back, cutting the gap to nine points late in the first half, only to see Ingram score again, allowing Leesville to go into the locker room with an 11-point halftime edge, 31-20.

After a couple of buckets from Butler allowed the Lady Wolves to get to within seven early in the first half, Leesville responded with a 10-2 run, opening up its largest lead of the game about midway through the frame, 41-26.

However, Rayne had an answer of its own, scoring 13 straight points, sparked by five points from Keysuana Moore off the bench, closing to within two points before a late bucket from Raquel Chiles pushed Leesville out to a 43-39 edge heading into the final eight minutes of regulation.

The Lady Cats managed to hold onto the lead for the majority of the fourth quarter, going up, 51-48, after a free throw by Madelyn Phillips.

But a free throw from Moore, which she followed up with a bucket, tied things up at 51-51.

A little later, Butler scored and Moore made another free throw, giving Rayne a 54-51 lead.

However, back-to-back baskets from Ingram gave Leesville the lead again at 55-54.

A missed opportunity in the post by Rayne allowed Leesville to get the ball back and Phillips was fouled. After making one of the attempts, Leesville led by two points, 56-54, which was the final margin of victory.

Ingram led the way for the Lady Cats with a game-high 24 points. ZaKayla Collins chipped in with 13 points for the Lady Cats, while Jones and Chiles added eight and six points, respectively.

Butler led three Rayne players in double figures with 18 points, while Amari Collins had 17 before fouling out. Moore finished with 12 points.