FLORIEN — After falling behind by five points early in the fourth quarter, it seemed as if Leesville was headed for its first loss of the season.

FLORIEN — After falling behind by five points early in the fourth quarter, it seemed as if Leesville was headed for its first loss of the season.

But the Wampus Cats fought back.

Leesville (4-0) closed out the game on a 19-6 run, overcoming the homestanding Florien Blackcats in the finals of the Florien Blackcats on Saturday evening, 64-56.

With the win, Leesville closed out a perfect first week of the season, beating three of the four Class 4A semifinalists from a year ago, including wins over Midland and Anacoco.

Florien (8-1) owned an early 9-7 lead during the first quarter thanks to seven points off the bench from Anthony Kimbrough. But a bucket from Darrion Jaiswal, along with a three-pointer from Brady Westerchil, allowed Leesville to reclaim the lead.

The Blackcats responded with a three-point play from Bailey Walker and a free throw from Kimbrough to go up, 13-12, only to see Cleveland Evans give Leesville the lead heading into the second period.

Behind the continued strong play of Evans and Jaiswal, the Wampus Cats were able to open up a 33-21 lead, but a three-pointer from Tyler Johnson and a pair of free throws apiece from Keaton Booker and Walker allowed the Blackcats to creep to within nine points at the intermission, 37-28.

Florien came out of the halftime break on a mission, using Booker, Walker and Kimbrough to take the lead late in the frame. Thanks to a 19-8 surge, the Blackcats had managed to turn a nine-point deficit into a slim two-point lead, 47-45.

Keion Sweet opened the fourth quarter with a three-pointer for the Blackcats, giving the home crowd something to cheer about as Florien owned a 50-45 cushion.

But a quick 7-0 spurt from the Wampus Cats changed the momentum in Leesville’s favor. Florien managed to tie things up at 54-54 with a bucket from Jacob Oxley, but a 10-2 run from the Wampus Cats sealed the deal, giving Leesville the victory.

Jaiswal had a game-high 20 points to lead the Wampus Cats in the win, while Evans added 18 points. DaShawn Lewis chipped in with nine points.

Kimbrough led Florien with 17 points, while Walker and Booker added 11 and 10 points, respectively.





Earlier Saturday afternoon, the Leesville Wampus Cats were able to run away from the Zwolle Hawks in the second half, posting a 71-47 win in the semifinals of the Florien Tournament.

After being knotted at 15-15 to end the first period, the Wampus Cats were able to use a 19-8 run in the second period to go into the locker room with a comfortable lead, 34-23.

The Cats outscored Zwolle, 20-17, in the third quarter and closed the game on a 17-7 run to deliver the victory.

Lewis led Leesville with 16 points in the contest, while Derrick Brock and Jaiswal finished with 14 and 13 points, respectively.

Zwolle got 17 points from LaDonté Carter and 10 points from Hilton Frazier in the loss.






The Leesville Lady Cats saw their three-game winning streak snapped on Saturday night as they fell in the finals of the Florien Tournament to the hosting Lady Blackcats, 83-27.

The Lady Blackcats (9-0) turned up the pressure early on and used a 25-4 run in the opening eight minutes of the contest to set the tone.

A 20-10 edge in the second period by Florien allowed the homestanding Lady Blackcats to take a 45-14 lead over Leesville (3-1) into the halftime intermission.

Florien continued to pour it on in the second half and coasted to the win.

Shy Herrington paced Florien with 19 points, while Morgan Miller and Aja Law each contributed 18 points to the cause. Katie Alford chipped in with 10 points.

Delcia Rushing led Leesville with six points, while Linda Rogers notched five points.





Three Leesville Lady Cats were in double figures on Saturday afternoon as they held off the Anacoco Lady Indians in the semifinals of the Florien Tournament, 51-45.

Anacoco led Leesville after the first period, but the Lady Cats were able to take a slim advantage into the halftime break, 24-22.

Thanks to a 15-12 edge in the third period, Leesville held a 39-34 lead on the Lady Indians heading into the final eight minutes of regulation.

The Lady Indians were unable to overcome the Lady Cats as Leesville got the win.

Rogers led the Lady Cats with 22 points, while Keke Culbert and ZaKayla Collins each added 10 points.

Anacoco got 12 points from Shelby McElveen, while Annabelle Sellers and Allie Haymon added 11 and 10 points, respectively.