Bayou defeated fifth seeded North Delta on Thursday and upset top seeded Indianola Academy 65-61 on Friday. Bayou won the District 2-A championship last year, and was looking to win another district title in AA. The only team standing in in the Colts’ way in their quest for the district was the Kirk Academy Raiders.
The Colts were scrappy and didn’t quit, but the defense of the Raiders proved to be too much as the Raiders whipped the Colts 45-28 in the championship game of the tournament. The Colts fell to 15-11, while the Raiders improved to 18-8.
“Thursday night and Friday night, we shared the ball really well and made four, five, six passes in our offense,” Bayou head coach Robert Foust said. “Tonight, we reverted back to playing something I hadn’t seen before. We’d try to make one pass and take it to the basket, and you’re not going to do that against a team as good as Kirk is defensively.”
Both teams had a tough time scoring early but Kirk was able to score the first six points of the game. Bayou started to put some points on the board, but Kirk still held a 12-8 lead at the end of the first quarter.
In the second quarter, The Raiders started to find a rhythm offensively as they hit several shots to stretch their lead. The Colts, on the other hand, had a hard time making their shots as they could only score five points in the quarter. When the first half came to a close, Bayou trailed 27-13 heading into the lockerroom at halftime.
The Raiders stepped up their intensity on defense, as the Colts had a hard time getting any good looks at the basket. The Raiders slowly added to their lead through out the course of the game.
“Kirk has a really good defensive team,” Foust said. “We missed some shots early that we should have made, but then the majority of the rest of the game, we were taking shots that were really tough shots.”
Cole Creenshaw led the Raiders with 16 points.
Tyler Kitchings scored 11 points and pulled down 12 rebounds, while Peyton Aldridge scored 11 points and pulled down three rebounds to lead the Colts.
In Bayou’s semifinal win against Indianola Friday, Aldridge scored 18 points including five 3-pointers to lead the Colts, followed by Chantz Arbuckle with 17 points, Kitchings with 15 points and 13 rebounds and Nat Jones with 11 points and five steals.
Kitchings and Aldridge earned all-tournament team honors for Bayou, while
Creenshaw and Chris Porella earned all-tournament team honors for Kirk.
Both teams will play in the North AA Tournament in Canton, as Kirk will be a one seed, while Bayou will be a two seed. Bayou will play Oak Hill at 5;15 p.m. on Tuesday, while Kirk will play River Oaks on Wednesday at 5:15 p.m.