The Bayou Academy Colts and Lady Colts opened play in District 1-4A basketball action here Tuesday night as they took on the Washington School Generals and Lady Generals.
Both the Colts and Lady Colts put the heat on the Generals as they both games. The Lady Colts cruised past the Lady Generals 56-20, and the Colts hammered the General 67-28.
The Lady Colts improved to 12-6 with a 1-0 mark in the district, and the Colts pushed their record up to 7-8 with a 1-0 district mark.
In the girls game, The Lady Colts were dominant from the word go as they lead 42-8 at halftime. Bayou continued to cruise in the second half.
Reilly Kate Lack had a huge night for Bayou as she drained six three-pointers and finished the night with a game-high 18 points.
“I thought tonight all the girls played hard,” Bayou head basketball coach Wesley Aldridge said. “They really got after it defensively. Reilly Kate came off the bench and knocked down shots. It was a good team effort.”
Last season, the Lady Colts were in AAA. They went to the North State Tournament and finished the year with a final record of 23-6.
Aldridge is pleased with the way the girls have handled the upper-level competition.
“I’ll put our athletes, girl wise, against anybody,” Aldridge said. “We’ve got some of the best girl athletes anywhere. They’re faster and better athletes than most teams we play, and that helps out a lot.”
Madison Jenkins scored 10 points, Sydney Davis seven points and Mary Ansley Chrestman racked up six points to contribute to Bayou’s scoring.
In the boys game, the Colts led 20-5 after the first quarter and 39-15 at halftime. Bayou just continued to stay in control in the second half.
Last year in 3A, Bayou went to the North State Tournament and finished the year with a 19-12 record.
Despite being a game under .500, Aldridge feels the boys have handled themselves in 4A.
“The guys have really bought into what we’re doing,” Aldridge said. “We’ve got 11 guys that can really play. Again 7-8, we look back on some of the games, and we could easily be 12-3. We’ve been in all those games. We’re just learning how to finish and take care of the little things. The guys have really bought in, and I think we can be a tough out.”
Brett Burrell led the Colts with 18 points, followed by Clay Taylor with 12 points, Reese Province with 10 points and Harden Belvedresi with nine.
In junior high action, the Bayou Academy Lady Colts defeated the Washington School Lady Generals 22-17, and the Colts defeated the Generals 54-24. Kate Chrestman scored 10 points, and Katy Clark scored six to lead the Lady Colts. Thomas Craft scored 12 points, and John Howard Gilbert scored eight to lead the Colts. The Lady Colts improved to 5-7, and the Colts improved to 7-5.
Both Bayou teams will be back in action Thursday as they travel to Indianola to play Indianola Academy.