ELTON — The No. 22 Pickering Red Devils jumped out to a 10-point lead early on and never looked back in upsetting the No. 11 Kinder Yellow Jackets in the first round of the Class 2A playoffs at Elton High School on Thursday, 71-62.

ELTON — The No. 22 Pickering Red Devils jumped out to a 10-point lead early on and never looked back in upsetting the No. 11 Kinder Yellow Jackets in the first round of the Class 2A playoffs at Elton High School on Thursday, 71-62.

With the victory, the Red Devils improved to 11-18 on the season, advancing to the second round and a home game at 6 p.m. on Tuesday against sixth-ranked North Caddo. Kinder finished the season with a record of 15-10.

The Red Devils took a 21-11 lead after the first eight minutes of play and used a 17-14 advantage in the second period to go into the locker room with a 38-25 cushion.

Kinder began to battle back in the third period, using a 23-16 outburst to cut the gap to six points entering the fourth quarter, 54-48.

However, the Red Devils closed the game with a 17-14 edge to secure the victory.

Senior Jarrell Taylor poured in 25 points to lead Pickering, while Marcus Hill finished with 16 points. Tyrese Smith added 11 points, while Shelton Anderson contributed 10 points.

Bradley Ashworth scored 25 points to lead the Yellow Jackets, while Travin Williams and Jordan Cordova finished with 14 and 10 points, respectively.

Washington-Marion.....79

Leesville.............55

LAKE CHARLES — The top-ranked Washington-Marion Charging Indians scored the first 20 points of the game, getting six 3-pointers and a thunderous dunk en route to a 79-55 win over the Leesville Wampus Cats in the first round of the Class 4A playoffs.

Washington-Marion is now 25-4 on the season and advances to the second round of the playoffs. Leesville finished the season with a record of 11-19.

At the end of the first quarter, the Charging Indians owned a 22-11 lead as Leesville closed out the frame on an 11-2 run. But the second quarter saw Washington-Marion use a 20-10 run to go into the intermission with a 42-21 cushion.

The game was much different in the second half as the teams matched each other nearly bucket-for-bucket. However, the lead was too much to overcome for Leesville as the Charging Indians advanced to the round of 16.

DeVontre Viator scored 20 points to lead Washington-Marion, while Christian Edwards added 17 points. DeMarcus Vital ended with 14 points.

Duwon Tolbert paced Leesville with 13 points, while Terrell Lucas chipped in with eight points.