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Farmers share district lead heading into crucial week
Nine times in the last 10 seasons,
at least one team from District 2-3A
has made it to the finals of the LHSAA
basketball tournament.
That run includes two years
in which district foes met for the
title – in 2013, where Carroll edged
Union Parish and 2008, when
Wossman beat Richwood for the
championship.
This season looks like one
where the streak will be continued.
Carroll, Wossman and Union
Parish each sit a 2-0 in district play.
Each is currently in the Top 10 of
the LHSAA power ratings for Class
3A – Carroll is fourth, Wossman is
sixth and the Fighting Farmers
are ninth.
The logjam atop the district
standings will become more clear
over the next week as Union Parish
is scheduled to host Wossman on
Friday and travels to Monroe to
take on Carroll next Tuesday.
The Farmers opened district
play with two convincing wins last
week, an 18-point win against Madison
Parish and a 15-point decision
against Richwood. The Rams are
uncharacteristically struggling
this season with an 11-16 overall
record. They fell to Wossman 63-61
in both team’s district opener.
At press time, it is expected a
boys-girls doubleheader between
Union Parish and Sterlington
scheduled for Tuesday night at
Sterlington will likely be postponed
due to school closures related
to weather.
The Lady Farmers continue to
hover around the .500 mark overall
after dropping a 51-35 contest
against Richwood last week. A
score for their game against Madison
Parish is unavailable.
D’Arbonne Woods will try to
break a 14-game losing streak as
they host Lakeside on Thursday
in a game that was scheduled for
Tuesday but postponed due to
weather. The Timberwolves get
no rest, as they host Class 2A’s second-
ranked North Caddo Rebels on
Friday. DWCS dropped their first
two District 1-2A contests against
Calvary Baptist and Mansfield last
week by an average score of 63-17.
The Lady Timberwolves have
a good change of snapping their
current four-game losing streak
Thursday against Lakeside, which
has dropped eight of its last nine
games. They will face a tougher
challenge Friday, as North Caddo,
which opened the season with
eight straight wins, brings a 17-5
overall record into the contest.
Playing in a four-team district,
the Downsville Demons will finally
get into the District 1-C play over
the next week. They’ll play at New
Living Word on Friday and host
Gibsland-Coleman on Tuesday. It
is unlikely a scheduled boys-girls
doubleheader set for Tuesday in
which DCCS would host Summerfield
will be played. A makeup
date for the game is not known at
press time.
After winning their season
opener, the Lady Demons have
dropped 18 straight. Against Summerfield,
they will face a Lady
Rebels team that opened the season
with 16 consecutive wins and
stands at 21-6 overall. They are
1-4 over their last five games, but
have played against Class 5A and
4A opponents.
With MAIS District 6-A wins
last week against Claiborne and
Central, the UCA Lions sit at 6-0
in league play. A boys-girls contest
scheduled for Tuesday will likely
be rescheduled. The Lions host Riverdale
on January 23 in a return to
district play after a contest Friday
at CHA Monroe. »


Farmers complete December turnaround
A strong December as
helped Union Parish pull
out to a record of 10-4,
including a six-game
win streak dating back
to a 51-43 win over Red
River on Dec. 13.
Since that victory the
Farmers have defeated
Lakeview (66-54), Summerfield
(53-50), Northwood
(45-37), Oak Grove
(62-46), and Vision Academy
(72-43).
The Lady Farmers
stand at 5-4 on the season
after defeating Delta
Charter 40-39 on Dec. 20.
Union Parish’s girls
also have December wins
over Oak Grove (48-27),
D’Arbonne Woods (54-33)
while the Lady Farmers
have also dropped games
earlier this month to Homer
(50-41) and Haynesville
(42-40).
The D’Arbonne Woods
boys stand at 11-0 at the
Christmas with their
next game slated for Jan.
9 at Cavalry Baptist.
D’Arbonne Woods
girls are 7-9 and are coming
off a 39-36 win at
Delhi Charter on Dec. 18.
The Lady Timberwolves
have also chalked
up wins over Beekman
(33-29), Downsville (53-14
on Dec. 12 and 49-15 on
Dec. 1), Grand Isle (39-
18), Hanson Memorial
(64-22), Vision Academy
(36-0) and St. Frederick
(45-35).
Downsville Charter
School’s boys team
stands at 5-11 with its
next game slated for Jan.
4 @ Family Community
Christian in Simsboro. »


Lions boys’, girls’ build on early season success
Both the boys and girls teams at
Union Christian Academy continue
to be the only high school teams in
Union Parish posting winning records
on the basketball court early
in the season.
The Lions won two of three
games last week to improve their
record to 7-4 overall. They opened
the week taking a 52-33 win over
Tallulah and MAIS District 6-A play.
In the Prairie View Tournament,
they hammered Franklin Academy
from Winnsboro by an 80-20 count
before falling to the tournament
host Spartans 54-51.
The Lady Lions went 1-1 on the
week, dropping their district opener
to Tallulah 43-19. They took a 49-29
win over Prairie View in the Lady
Spartans’ tournament.
After opening the season with
three straight wins, the Union Parish
boys’ team saw their record fall
to .500 after dropping three games
last week. The Fighting Farmers
hung close against perennial
Class C power Summerfield before
falling 54-49. They never found a
real rhythm in dropping a 65-41
contest against the host Vikings in
the Northside tournament. They
also fell to New Iberia 48-39 at the
Northside tournament.
After going 1-1 for the week, the
Lady Farmers’ record stands at 3-4.
They opened the week dropping a 46-
31 decision at Summerfield before
returning home to take a 54-33 win
against D’Arbonne Woods.
The Timberwolves are still looking
for their first win of the season
after four games. They only played
once in the past 10 days, losing 76-43
to Delhi Charter.
Going 0-3 in the past 10 days saw
the Lady Timberwolves record fall
to 4-5 on the season. They dropped a
close decision at Delhi Charter, 36-32
and also fell against Grace Christian
67-44 in addition to the loss against
UPHS.
Both teams at Downsville Community
Charter continue to struggle.
The Demons dropped their only
game in the past 10 days, falling to
St. Frederick 52-40. The Lady Demons
saw their losing streak reach
11 after a season-opening win. They
lost to St. Fred 39-12.
UCA has district games for both
teams this week, playing at Riverdale
and hosting Tensas.
Union Parish plays a boys/girls
doubleheader at Ruston on Tuesday.
The Farmers are part of the Minden
tournament December 13-16, while
the Lady Farmers take part in the
Castor tournament December 14-16.
The boys and girls teams at D’Arbonne
Woods have double headers
again at Cedar Creek on Monday
and host Downsville on Tuesday.
The boys are also scheduled to take
on Jonesboro-Hodge in the West
Ouachita tournament this weekend,
while the Lady Timberwolves take
part in the West Ouachita Tournament. »


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