Highlanders open season with two wins in McLennan Classic

Highlanders open season with two wins in McLennan Classic

The McLennan Highlanders led from start to finish as they defeated the Southern-Shreveport Jaguars 86-46 on the opening night of the McLennan Classic.

The Highlanders opened the game on a 5-0 run and increased the lead to 10 midway through the half. The Jaguars struggled to find a rhythm and McLennan led 37-16 at the half.

The second half was much the same as the Highlanders cruised to the easy victory.

Freshman DaMarcus Whittington led the Highlanders with 13 points. Sophomore D.J. Weathers and freshman Jalen Jones added 12 each. Sophomore John Savoy scored 10.

On Saturday, the Highlanders defeated the Panola Ponies 83-66.

The game was tit-for-tat until the midway point of the first half. McLennan held the 17-16 lead and used an 11-2 run over six minutes to take the 28-18 lead with 5:38 remaining in the half. The Highlanders held the 37-27 lead at the break.

The Ponies cut the lead to seven early in the second half. McLennan pulled away, extending the lead to 21 with 13:09 to play in the game. Panola trimmed the lead to 13 with just under seven minutes to go but was unable to pull any closer.

Jones led the way for the Highladers with 15 points. Sophomores Deondre Ray and Tevin Hanner scored 12 points each. Sophomores Shawn Prudhomme, Joe Lundy and Wayne Langston all added 10.

McLennan 86, Southern-Shreveport 46
Southern-Shreveport: Telvin Marshall 3 3-5 10; Xairius Larry 1 2-4 5; Yettra Specks 5 3-4 16; Patrick Smith 2 0-0 5; Ladarius Reed 0 1-4 1; Gabriel Alexander 1 0-0 2; D'Andra Martin 2 0-0 5; Cortavious Thomas 1 0-0 2; Totals: 15 9-17 46.

McLennan: Ojai Black 0 3-6 3; D.J. Weathers 5 0-0 12; Jalen Jones 4 2-2 12; Austen Bradshaw 0 2-6 2; Shawn Prudhomme 3 2-3 8; Deondre Ray 0 0-2 0; Julius Foster 2 0-2 4; Tevin Hanner 2 2-4 6; William Stinnett 2 0-0 4; DaMarcus Whittington 5 2-2 13; Joe Lundy 2 1-2 5; Jalin Leblanc 0 0-2 2; John Savoy 1 8-12 10; Wayne Langston 2 3-4 7; Totals: 28 17-25 86.

3-pointers: McLennan 5 (Weathers 2, Jones 2, Whitttington 1); Southern-Shreveport 7 (Specks 3, Marshall 1, Larry 1, Smith 1, Martin 1); Total fouls: McLennan 23; Southern-Shreveport 34; Fouled out: Southern-Shreveport (Reed, Gray, Thomas); Halftime score: McLennan 37, Southern-Shreveport 16; Record: McLennan 1-0. 

McLennan 83, Panola 66
Panola: Ricky Roberts 3 0-1 6; Geru Mabrey 2 2-4 8; Patrick Branch 0 2-3 2; Stefan Bagelav 1 0-0 3; Brendt Pickens 3 4-6 13; Brandon Herman 9 2-4 22; Malik Fields 6 2-3 8; Josh Morris 1 2-2 4; Totals: 25 14-23 66.

McLennan: Ojai Black 1 0-0 2; D.J. Weathers 1 2-2 4; Jalen Jones 6 3-4 15; Austen Bradshaw 1 1-2 4; Shawn Prudhomme 5 0-1 10; Deondre Ray 4 3-4 12; Julius Foster 2 0-0 4; Tevin Hanner 4 4-6 12; Joe Lundy 5 0-0 10; Wayne Langston 4 2-2 10; Totals: 33 15-21 83.

3-pointers: McLennan 2 (Bradshaw 1, Ray 1); Panola (Pickens 3, Mabrey 2, Herman 2, Bangelav 1); Total fouls: McLennan 19, Panola 22; Halftime score: McLennan 37,Panola 27; Record: McLennan 2-0.