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|Patriots keep district wins rolling|
Is there anyone or anything that can stop the juggernaut that has become the Franklin Parish Patriots?
The Patriots (22-7, 4-1) continued to be as dominant as ever this past week and beat Captain Shreve on the road, 71-53, before handling Bastrop 85-51 for their fourth district victory in five attempts this season.
Franklin Parish has gotten out to big leads thanks to incredible defensive pressure much of the year. At Captain Shreve on Tuesday night, that rule was in full effect.
The Patriots forced the tempo on the Gators and caused numerous costly turnovers and bad passes.
Brandon Sims led the way for the Patriots with 22 points. Sims continues to be the offensive spark as he leads the squad in points per game.
J.C. Winn added 16 points and eight rebounds as Franklin Parish shared the love on the offensive end of the floor.
On Friday night, the Patriots built a 20-point advantage in the second-quarter and put the game out of reach early for the Bastrop Rams.
The younger Patriots were gaining valuable experience for the playoffs by the time the fourth-quarter rolled around thanks in part once again to a pressure defense that has nagged opponents into submission several times already during the new calendar year.
Sims again had a big night with 18 points to pace the Patriots. Teams looking to double-up Sims have been sorely mistaken and taken advantage of by Winn and Roosevelt Walker.
Two more very important district games await this week as the Patriots go for the jugular and secure the district's top spot in the upcoming Class 4A playoffs.
An improving Neville Tiger squad led by Artez Bynum and his 18 points per game will visit Winnsboro on Tuesday night.
Neville (10-14, 3-1) could be the most dangerous challenger to a district championship for the Patriots and this game will go a long way toward settling the score in district competition.
The Patriots will close out their week Friday night with a trip to West Ouachita High School in West Monroe.
The Chiefs (9-17, 0-4) were blown-out by Neville 53-29 their last time out. West Ouachita has not won a district game in four years and it would appear that rebounding disadvantages have been the biggest cause for concern among the coaching staff of the Chiefs.