In its second district game of the season, DeRidder jumped out to a big lead on Leesville in the second quarter and never let up.

After a close first quarter, the Dragons offense began to click as the Leesville offense struggled to knock down shots, leading DeRidder to the 85-57 win Thursday night at DeRidder High School.

"When we are stretching the floor and shooting like that, you have to guard the shot," CT Kiely said. "After that, we can blow right by. Just hitting outside shots opens up everything. We are shooting the ball well, and we put up a lot of shots everyday. It's paying off."

DeRidder (14-8, 2-0) was aided by the return of guard Jalissa Feagins and her 29 points, who was playing in her second game of the season.

"It gives a great boost to the offense, because she doesn't need to have the ball all the time," Kiely said. "Where she really boosts us is on defense. She's fast and reads the floor well. How Domonique (Davis) reads the floor on offense, Jalissa does that on offense. I just trust her with everything. This is what we've been waiting for all year."

Leesville (14-10, 1-1) kept it close early, but the DeRidder offense hit deep shots to stretch out the defense, leading to easy shots around the basket.

"Everything we were preparing for, they did," Leesville head coach Kristi Perkins said. "The difference between our success and not being successful is us just not doing what we need to do. We didn't rotate, pick up the open man, play very good defense, move our feet or help. We didn't do anything we were supposed to do.

"We didn't score. We got emotional. When we allow our emotions to get in the way, especially when they're negative emotions, there's no way you can handle business like that."

The Dragons led 15-12 after the end of the first quarter but extended their lead to 41-22 at the half with a 26-10 second period.

Feagins and Davis combined for 24 points in the second quarter, including four 3-pointers. Davis scored a game-high 31 points in the win.

"It was a lot of fun. I think it was the most fun game we've had all season," Davis said. "We got a lot of people back and got a good win.

"We were just going back-and-forth. We feed off each other really well."

DeRidder guard Alanna Harris hit back-to-back 3-pointers to begin the second half to put the lead over 25 points.

The Dragons took a 65-36 lead into the fourth quarter, and although the Wampus Cats outscored DeRidder in the fourth quarter, 21-20, they dropped their first district game of the season.

Kerrigan Small led Leesville with 25 points with 19 coming in the fourth quarter. Zakayla Collins added 15 points, and Dadrianna Ford scored 11 in the rivalry game.

"There was nothing really different compared to any other game," Perkins said. "There was nothing different. We didn't get all hyped up. Mentally, we needed to walk in here with the right stuff on our minds, and all the other stuff that is going on in the world should not have matter. Apparently, there was something else going on."