Several key games on schedule

Advocate file photo by April BuffingtonBrusly boys basketball coach Harold Boudreaux
Advocate file photo by April BuffingtonBrusly boys basketball coach Harold Boudreaux

The high school basketball season is heating up as teams are either starting the second round of district action or playing in the first few games of the second round.

And that means there are several notable games on the Baton Rouge-area schedule Tuesday.

On the boys side, University is at Dunham in District 7-2A, Glen Oaks is at West Feliciana in District 6-3A and St. James is at Brusly in District 7-3A. In District 5-5A, St. Amant faces Dutchtown, while McKinley meets East Ascension.

In girls games, Scotlandville is at Denham Springs, and McKinley is at East Ascension.

ST. JAMES AT BRUSLY: St. James (18-4, 5-1 in District 7-3A) won the first meeting over Brusly 77-72 as Brusly (18-7), Donaldsonville (11-11) and Port Allen (13-7) are in a three-way tie for second in district at 4-2.

Demario Jackson (23 ppg, 6 apg) and Jay Christophe (16 ppg) pace Brusly.

“Every game in district is crucial,” Brusly coach Harold Boudreaux said. “St. James is a quick team that rebounds and runs. We can run too. It should be a barnburner. We need to take care of business at home.”

Trevin Thibodeaux, a 6-6 junior, paces the Brusly defense and averages seven rebounds and six blocks.

UNIVERSITY AT DUNHAM: University (23-2, 8-0 in District 7-2A) won the first meeting 55-43, while Dunham (19-5, 6-1) has won its past five games.

“If we can win this game, it will put us in a good spot in district with three games left,” University coach Joe Spencer said. “Dunham is a tough place to play. Dunham has four guys who can really shoot the basketball, and they spread you out with their offense. We expect another good game.”

University starts senior Henry Shortess (14.3 ppg) and four freshmen in 6-5 Wayde Sims (18 ppg, 9.5 rpg), 6-5 Jalen Johnson (13 ppg), 6-4 D.J. White (10.5 ppg) and Skylar Mays (8 ppg, 7.5 apg).

“What makes us tough is we have balanced scoring across the board, we have good length and we do a pretty good job on defense,” Spencer said.

GLEN OAKS AT WEST FELICIANA: No. 8 Glen Oaks (15-10) is the District 6-3A leader at 4-0, and West Feliciana (14-8, 1-3) played the Panthers tough in a 58-50 loss.

“West Feliciana is talented and has two big kids,” Glen Oaks coach Harvey Adger said. “We’ll have to stay with their shooters. We did play very well Friday in our (62-33) win over Parkview Baptist. We’ll have to continue to work hard and play together.”

Chris Thomas (18 ppg, 14 rpg) and Chris Dancey (14 ppg) pace Glen Oaks.

ST. AMANT AT DUTCHTOWN: Dutchtown (19-5) and East Ascension (22-3) are the league leaders in 5-5A. St. Amant (18-8, 3-2) lost the first meeting 89-80 in overtime.

EAHS travels to McKinley (8-15, 0-5).

SCOTLANDVILLE GIRLS AT DENHAM SPRINGS: Denham Springs (18-5), Scotlandville (19-5) and Walker (20-6) are tied for the District 4-5A lead at 4-1.

Denham Springs made two free throws in the closing seconds and edged the Hornets 41-39 in the first meeting.

Scotlandville will likely play without Daylin Boatner, who injured her knee last week.

“We’re coming off a good win over defending district champion Walker,” Scotlandville coach Cedric Hill said. “We know we’ll have to play good position defense and be patient on offense against Denham Springs. We’ve got to protect the ball and limit our turnovers.”

Kenya Dixon (13 ppg), a 5-9 senior, paces the Hornets.

McKINLEY GIRLS AT EAST ASCENSION: McKinley (17-4) is the District 5-5A girls leader at 5-0. EAHS (11-9, 2-3) held the Panthers well below their season scoring average in the first meeting.

St. Amant’s girls defeated Dutchtown 52-31 on Monday.