Basketball: Bonnabel beats rival East Jeff; East St. John tops HLB, Ponchatoula girls handle Mandeville

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Area Prep Basketball Report for Wednesday, Jan. 12

It is one of the best rivalries in the metro area.

A year ago, East Jefferson went to Kenner and upset Bonnabel in a game broadcast live at

This time around, the Bruins proved to be too tough at the Bear Trap in a 55-45 victory in the District 8-5A opener for both teams Tuesday night.

In a game that was competitive throughout, Bonnabel took a 14-12 lead after one quarter and led 26-21 at halftime. It was 38-32 going to the fourth quarter.

Senior Vandell Smith led Bonnabel with 19 points while junior Shawn Knight and freshman Jeremian Lucas each scored 11 points. Junior Carlos Blue added 10 points for the Bruins.

Senior Jeffaire Landry scored 15 points while senior Arthur Oliver added 11 points for the Warriors.

Bonnabel (11-7) returns to district play Friday night, traveling to Landry while East Jefferson (12-11) will host Mandeville Saturday at 3 p.m.

East St. John bounced back from a narrow loss to Walker with a convincing 83-61 victory at home over H.L. Bourgeois in District 7-5A play Tuesday evening.

The game started slowly with East St. John taking a 12-6 lead after one quarter before the Braves cut the deficit to 35-31 by halftime. The Wildcats took control, turning it on in the second half with outstanding shooting, scoring 48 points.

East St. John expanded the lead to 56-45 going to the fourth quarter when the Wildcats pulled away.

Jabari Bolden led a balanced attack for the Wildcats with 22 points, Kylon Harris scored 20 points, including four 3-pointers. Bryce Gilyot put in 19 points and Amir Rios had 14 points for East St. John.

DeJuan Barrow scored 20 points, including five 3-pointers while Chris Coleman also scored 20 points for the Braves.

Both teams return to district play Friday night. East St. John (19-4, 3-0) travels to Central Lafourche at 7 p.m. while H.L. Bourgeois (4-13, 1-2) will entertain Thibodaux at 4 p.m.

In girls action, Ponchatoula went on the road and handled Mandeville 78-34 in District 6-5A play.

The Green Wave took control early, leading 23-12 after one quarter and had a 39-14 bulge by halftime. The Green Wave held the Lady Skippers to just two points in the third quarter while putting up 29 points to take a 68-16 lead going to the final frame.

Tulane signee Jaylee Womack pumped in 28 points for Ponchatoula while Taylor Jackson scored 16 points. Ryleigh Davis added nine points.

The Lady Skippers were led by sophomore Hannah Bernard with nine points while senior Sarah Arnett finished with seven points.

Ponchatoula (18-2, 3-0) returns to action Thursday, hosting Northshore in a showdown for first place in league play while Mandeville (12-10, 3-2) travels to Fontainebleau Friday at 6 p.m.

Area Prep Basketball Results from Tuesday, Jan. 11


Amite 85, Independence 52

Archbishop Hannan 61, Loranger 34

Archbishop Shaw 61, Jesuit 59

Belle Chasse 84, Grace King 58

Ben Franklin 49, Holden 41

Bogalusa 75, Jewel Sumer 59

Bonnabel 55, East Jefferson 45

Christ Episcopal 70, Ecole Classique 26

Country Day 57, M.L. King Charter 41

Destrehan 70, Central Lafourche 27

Donaldsonville 67, Catholic (BR) 64

East St. John 83, H.L. Bourgeois 61

Episcopal 68, Lusher Charter 55

Hahnville 59, Thibodaux 41

Haynes Academy 76, Fisher 57

Holy Cross 45, Archbishop Rummel 37

Karr 53, De La Salle 37

John F. Kennedy 80, John Ehret 63

Landry 60, West Jefferson 56

Mandeville 59, Ponchatoula 45

Maurepas 60, First Baptist Christian 37

Northlake Christian 97, French Settlement 91

Northshore 67, Fontainebleau 64

Phoenix 77, Chalmette 70 (OT)

Pine 60, Varnado 48

Pope John Paul II 60, Mount Hermon 25

Riverdale 63, Kenner Discovery 44

Salmen 68, Warren Easton 60

Slidell 66, Hammond 58

Springfield 49, Albany 38

St. Augustine 57, Brother Martin 43

St. Charles Catholic 38, Patrick Taylor 28

St. Paul’s 91, Covington 58

White Castle 57, St. James 50

Zachary 57, McMain 56


Amite 80, Independence 20

De La Salle 55, St. Mary’s Academy 31

Dutchtown 38, Kenner Discovery 29

Hahnville 38, Thibodaux 20

Central Private 49, Northlake Christian 27

Hammond 70, Slidell 42

Holden 50, Ben Franklin 43

H.L. Bourgeois 47, East St. John 44

Jewel Sumner 54, Bogalusa 50

Newman 58, Sarah Reed 3

Northshore 58, Fontainebleau 31

Ponchatoula 78, Mandeville 34

Salmen 69, Franklinton 16

South Plaquemines 40, John Ehret 26

St. Helena 40, Kentwood 33

St. James 47, Patterson 45

St. Scholastica 51, Pearl River 33

Ursuline Academy 68, Cabrini 52

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