By Austin Bishop
Winston County Journal
The Wildcats and Lady Wildcats of Louisville High School get a chance to improve their standings in region play this week, as they were set to pay a visit to Winona on Tuesday.
After the league game, LHS is set to visit Noxubee County on Saturday and then face MHSAA Class 6A power Meridian on the road on Tuesday, Feb. 4.
Last week both the boys and girls split a pair of non-league contests, falling to homestanding Northeast Lauderdale and sweeping county foe Noxapater.
The Lady Wildcats entered this week’s play with a 13-5 record and are ranked No 3 in MHSAA Class 3A by the Jackson Clarion-Ledger. Crystal Springs is ranked No. 1, followed by Perry Central, LHS, Booneville and Southeast Lauderdale.
The LHS girls dropped a tight 40-36 decision to Northeast Lauderdale on Tuesday. Tyesha Davis scored 17 points to go with 15 rebounds and four steals to lead Louisville, while Diamond Wraggs had six points and six rebounds and Tyeisha Griffin chipped in with five points, eight rebounds and five steals.
The Lady ‘Cats posted a solid 73-32 win over Noxapater later in the week behind a 22-point, six-steal performance from Diamond Love. Davis had 18 points 11 rebounds and four blocked shots for the winners, with Wraggs coming up with eight points, six rebounds and a half-dozen assists.
Latesha Yarbrough scored seven for Louisville, with Kelsey Harrington recording six points, seven rebounds and three blocked shots and Tyeisha Griffin contributing with five points, five rebounds and four assists.
The Louisville boys jumped out to a 15-9 lead over Northeast Lauderdale, but trailed 22-21 at the half and 40-35 after three quarters of play on the way to the 53-50 setback.
Roderick Jackson led LHS offensively with 18 points, five rebounds and four assists, while Nedarian Roberts scored eight points, Dontea Jones seven and Anthony Gund six. Gund led the team with 13 rebounds, while Jones had five.
Maurice Clemons pumped in 25 points to lead Northeast Lauderdale.
Jones posted a 15-point, 10-rebound night to lead the ‘Cats to a 72-34 win over Noxapater, while Gabriel Gale had 12 points and 10 rebounds and Roberts had 11 points and five assists. Moharran Jackson scored eight points for LHS, while Roderick Jackson had seven points and eight assists.