Leesville had two players with over 20 points in the Wampus Cats' district win over Tioga Tuesday night.
Seniors Zakayla Collins (22) and Kerrigan Small (20) led Leesville to a 60-31 win in their the last regular-season home game on Senior Night.
"This year has been awesome," Small said about her year at Leesville after moving from Jena High School. "I love the girls, the team and the school. It's a family. I wish I would have been here all four years because it feels like a family."
Tioga (7-9, 1-5) defeated Leesville 60-58 less than a month ago and kept pace early in the game by hitting a majority of its jumpers in the first quarter.
Tied at 14 with seconds to go in the first quarter, Small launched a half-court shot that banked in to give Leesville a 17-14 lead at the end of the period. Small hit a similar shot Friday night against DeRidder at end the first quarter, as well.
"We just had to keep going and keep pushing. We weren't competing as much in the first quarter, so coach said we had to put it on them now or never, or it will be a close game," Small said.
In the second quarter, the defense for the Wampus Cats (16-11, 3-3) came alive, holding the Indians to two points in the period and extending their lead to 35-16 at the break.
"We started shooting the passing lane and our defense was on point," Leesville head coach Kristi Perkins said.
A layup by Dadriana Ford to start the third quarter quickly gave Leesville a 21-point lead, but Tioga cut into the lead to make it 44-29 at the end of the quarter.
The fourth quarter had a similar result to the second quarter with the Wampus Cat defense holding Tioga to two points, as they cruised to the win in their home season finale.
"This is a group of girls that are going to be highly, highly missed," Perkins said about the senior class. "We had Raquel Chiles come in late – this is only her third game – but she brings a spark to our defense. You can't get any better than Zakayla. She doesn't have an off night. Her energy and her laughter are contagious. I've had Kerrigan for 18 years, and I could tell you a whole lot about her. On the court, she brings leadership and confidence. She sees the floor well and passes the ball. She's a vocal leader and can take control of the game. You can't say enough about these girls."