The always powerful Natchitoches Central High School basketball teams rode into the hotbed of high school hoops in Louisiana, Sabine Parish, on Thursday night. The NCHS girls lost a tight battle while the NCHS boys won a hard-fought contest.
FINAL SCORE: Zwolle Lady Hawks 54, NCHS Lady Chiefs 48
GAME SITE: Zwolle
RECORDS: NCHS Lady Chiefs (5-2), Zwolle Lady Hawks (8-3)
NOTES: The NCHS girls went on the road and lost to Zwolle to drop to 5-2 on the year. The Lady Chiefs have beaten Delhi, Marshall (TX), Woodlawn, Bossier and Bolton. They have fallen to Mansfield and Zwolle.
NEXT: The Lady Chiefs will travel to Northwood-Lena on Monday
FINAL SCORE: NCHS Chiefs 61, Zwolle Hawks 55
GAME SITE: Zwolle
RECORDS: NCHS (2-1), Zwolle (8-4)
NOTES: The Chiefs held a 33-28 lead at halftime, scoring 19 points in the second quarter. The Chiefs were led by Justin Aaron with 25 points, 6 rebounds and 6 steals, and Devin Helaire with 18 points and 8 rebounds. Caylin Demars also had 10 points and 6 rebounds. The Chiefs outrebounded the Hawks 20-17 and forced 17 turnovers, collecting 9 steals.
The Chiefs have only played three games, beating Pineville and Zwolle, and falling to the defending 5A state champion Zachary Broncos.
COACH KOLTON SEPULVADO’S COMMENTS: “We’ve played three tough games that we have the opportunity to learn from each night and use to get better. We have been placed in different scenarios in each of the three games that it’s very difficult to simulate in practice because the game environment makes it so much different. This is why we do our best to schedule games that will put us in those situations for us to benefit and get better. That will prepare us for our district season and the playoffs.”
NEXT: The Chiefs will travel to North Central on Monday.