Jacks rout Sumner, host Amite for district lead

Published 8:49 am Sunday, February 3, 2013


When the Bogalusa Lumberjacks traveled to Jewel Sumner on Jan.15, they posted their highest point total and largest margin of victory of this season. The question to be answered when they hosted the Cowboys Friday was could they do it again. And they did just that.

The Lumberjacks routed the Cowboys, 96-44, improving their record to 16-6 overall and 6-1 in district play. The victory sets up a big showdown at Bogalusa High School Tuesday night when the Lumberjacks host the Amite Warriors, with whom they are currently tied for first place in District 8-3A. Amite beat Albany Friday night, 83-67.

Bogalusa scored 13 points before Sumner was able to get on the board, and at the end of the first the Jacks held a 21-11 advantage. In the second quarter the Lumberjacks were dominant on both ends of the floor; they tallied 24 points in the period while holding their opponent to only four. They went into the locker room up 45-15.

In the second half Coach Ken Martin was able to go to his bench without sacrificing production. Aaron “Tiny” Magee provided a boost by hitting four 3-pointers, all in the second half, and he scored a total of 14 points on the night. At the end of the third Bogalusa led 73-36, and the Jacks cruised through the fourth quarter on their way to the 52 point win, 96-44.

Ladamion Keys led the Jacks with 19 points on the night. Also in double figures were Brian Williams with 18 and Rodney Crumedy with 13. Bogalusa also got nine from Chris Rivera, eight from Matt Melton, eight from Trevonne Mingo, six from Lorenzo James, and one from Cedric Porter.

Tuesday will be “Senior Night” at Bogalusa High, as it is the final regular season home game on the schedule. With a total of 11 seniors on his varsity roster, Coach Martin expects his team to bring a high level of energy against their district rival. Adding to the atmosphere will be the BHS band, which will be in the stands to perform at the game.

“It’ll be a district championship atmosphere on Tuesday,” said Martin. “Our goal is to win out, take the district championship, and get the highest possible seed that we can going into the playoffs. These seniors have won district the last two seasons, and I guarantee they’ll fight as hard as they can to make it three in a row.”