By Ron Schott
With districts looming for a young Louisiana boys basketball team, head coach Matt Smith was hoping to see some things come together for his squad last week in tough match-ups with Winfield and Montgomery County.
Unfortunately, they were unable to pick up enough offensive scoring in two big losses.
Against Montgomery County, the Wildcats jumped out to a 24-14 first quarter lead and pushed their edge to 20 points at halftime.
The Bulldogs had an okay third quarter but could never get much closer in a tough 58-38 loss.
Ryan Capps led Louisiana with 12 points and six rebounds while Remington Feldewerth added 10 points and one rebound.
Tramaine Chatman had 10 points, four rebounds, two assists, and one steal; Mason Washington scored four points, four assists, two rebounds, and one steal; Quincy Hutt had two points and one rebound; Angel Ulloa had two rebounds and one steal; and Tyler Pedersen had two assists.
Against Winfield the road, Louisiana trailed 25-16 at halftime.
After closing the gap to eight points in the third, Winfield pulled away late to win, 59-40.
Six different Bulldogs scored in the loss.
Chatman led the way with 12 points, seven rebounds, and two assists while Washington added 11 points, three rebounds, two steals, and one assist.
Feldewerth had seven points, four rebounds, and two assists; Capps scored four points, eight rebounds, one steal, and one block; Hutt had four points, one rebound, and one steal; Ulloa had two points, two rebounds, two assists, one steal, and one block; while Pedersen had one rebound, one assist and one steal.