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Wildcats hold on to beat Brusly


St. James' Jared Wiggins shoots for two of his 25 points in Friday's home win over Donaldsonville. (Photo by Abby Tabor/Staff)


ST. JAMES — The St. James Wildcats weathered a proverbial storm on Friday night in the form of the visiting Brusly Panthers.

From up 16 to down four, St. James somehow found the will to best Brusly 77-72 in a District 7-3A showdown.

"I was proud of how my guys fought," St. James coach James Smith said. "We really grew up, and we've shown a lot these past two games, having beat Port Allen in our opener."

St. James (15-3 overall, 2-0 in District 7-3A) had not beaten Brusly in the past two seasons.

St. James jumped out fast, racing to a 14-6 lead at the end of the first period.

Jared Wiggins (25 points) accounted for seven of those points to put the Wildcats up by eight.

It was more of the same in the second period as St. James continued to build its lead to 39-24.

After briefly taking a 46-30 advantage at the 4:44 mark of the third period on a Brian Winchester (23 points) bucket, Brusly made its big push.

Brusly (15-6, 1-1 in district) would go on to outscore St. James 34-14 during the course of the next 8 minutes to take a 64-60 lead with 3:48 to go.

Not to be denied, Wiggins and Winchester played clutch in the closing minutes combining to score 13 of St. James final 17 points.

Andre Mitchell and Owen Mumphrey also scored in double figures for St. James with 11 and 16 points, respectively.

Brusly's Dimario Johnson led all scorers with 27 points. Michael Spears added 17, while Michael Bryant chipped in 10.

ST. JAMES 48, BRUSLY 44 (GIRLS)

At St. James, Brusly almost overcame a late double-digit deficit but ended up finishing four points short on Friday night in a District 7-3A game.

Trailing 44-32 with 2:49 left, Brusly went on a 12-2 run to make it 46-44 after a Madison Laprarie 3-pointer with 25 seconds to go.

After Natanya Joseph hit a free throw for St. James (5-16, 2-0 in district) to give the Wildcats a 47-44 edge, Brusly had two good looks at a 3-pointer but missed both. Leading all scorers was Laprarie with 20 points. Donkita Williams added 14 for Brusly (10-10, 0-2 in district). St. James was led by Joseph with 15.

DONALDSONVILLE 46, E.D. WHITE CATHOLIC 35 (BOYS)

At Donaldsonville, the Cardinals fell to 6-11 overall, 0-2 in District 7-3A with Friday's loss.

Donaldsonville led 16-9 after the first quarter, 24-16 at halftime and 31-28 after three quarters.

Geoffrey Hebert led E.D. White with 10 points, and Donaldsonville's Jeremy Jones had a game-high 14 points.

E.D. WHITE CATHOLIC 52, DONALDSONVILLE 31 (GIRLS)

At Donaldsonville, Emily Weimer and Jordan Gros each scored 18 points to lead the Lady Cardinals to a District 7-3A win on Friday. E.D. White (17-3, 2-0 in district) led 14-5 after the first quarter and extended its lead to 28-18 at halftime and 40-22 after the third quarter.