The Lady Colts lost a heartbreaker to the Raiderettes 51-49 in the girls game, while the Colts fell to the Raiders 48-38 in the boys game.
The girls game proved to be a thriller as both teams played tough defense. Kirk made live difficult for Bayou as Kirk ran an effective press on Bayou. Bayou had a tough time trying to find good shots and trialed 27-22 at halftime.
In the third period, the Lady Colts stepped up their effort and got some offense going as Anna Grace Cummins was able to get the ball under the basket and make some key shots. When the third quarter came to a close, the Lady Colts took a 38-32 advantage heading into the fourth period.
The game turned out to be a back and forth battle in the fourth period. Kirk went on an 8-0 run to start the period and take a 40-38. Bayou battled back again as they went on a 9-0 run with Taylor Ann Bailey, Haley Sbravati, Taylor Newton Cummins hitting some clutch buckets to put the Lady Colts up 47-40 with 3:25 left in the game.
The last couple of minutes of the contest didn’t turn out as Bayou hoped as Kirk hit two 3-pointerd and made some key free throws down the stretch to close the game out with an 11-2 run to secure the win.
The Lady Colts (12-6, 3-2 dist.) struggled at the free throw line by hitting just 5-of-22 shots at the charity stripe.
“It was a hard fought game, but we can’t win games going 5-of-22 from the free throw line and having some key turnovers,” Lady Colts head coach Dave Granville said. “Hopefully, we will improve.”
Cummins was the only Lady Colt in double figures with 29 points.
In the boys game, the Colts and Raiders had an intense showdown. Bayou turned in a solid defensive effort in the first half and was able to take a 23-21 lead at halftime.
The Raiders were able to get back in the game and take advantage of the Colts’ mistakes. One aspect of Kirk’s game that was key was the team’s a ability to hit the long range shot. The Raiders made seven 3-pointers in the contest with five of those coming in the second half.
Colts head coach Robert Foust said he was surprised by how well Kirk shot the three.
“I’ve seen a couple of films on them and called a couple of people and I had no idea they shot the threes as well as they did,” Foust said. “I don’t think they have all year until tonight. We went to the zone when I had to take Tyler (Kitchings) out because of foul trouble. I didn’t think we could cover them inside without Tyler in there. They hit two or three threes while we were in the zone. They’re a real good defensive team and that proved to be true. We just didn’t execute well.”
Tyler Kitchings led the Colts (9-5, 3-2 dist.) with 12 points and 14 rebounds, followed by Chantz Arbuckle with 10 points, four assists and three rebounds and Peyton Aldridge with 10 points.
All Bayou teams will return to the court on Friday when they play Lee Academy at Clarksdale in District 1-AA action. The games will start with the junior high girls game beginning at 3 p.m. On Saturday, all Bayou teams will travel to Rayville, La. to play Riverfield with the junior high girls game set to start first at 2 p.m.