Bogalusa comes back late to win

Published 11:15 am Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Bogalusa struggled offensively for the first 13:23 of the second half in Friday’s game District 8-3A home game against Loranger High School.

The Lady Jacks’ 22-16 halftime lead was now a 36-27 deficit.

It appeared the game belonged to Loranger, but as long as there is still time on the clock, the game is not over.

Bogalusa had a big mountain to climb and the Lady Jacks did. Bogalusa trailed by nine with 2:37 remaining, and came back to win 41-39.

“We just couldn’t quit. We had to keep fighting,” Bogalusa’s JaMaya Mingo-Young said.

The comeback began when D’Sha Rankins, who posted 12 points, drove in for two at the 2:37 mark, trimming it to 36-20.

Mingo-Young, who totaled 25 points, knocked down a 3-pointer, getting the margin to four.

After Loranger missed a pair of free throws, Mingo-Young brought her team within one on a three from the left wing.

It was a 36-35 contest at the 1:36 mark.

Loranger’s Lyric George, who had five, was good for two and got fouled.

She missed the free throw but had extended the lead to 38-35.

The Lady Jacks missed a shot, and then Kyleigh Genco, who posted seven, made one of two from the line, extending it to a 39-35 lead with 49.1 seconds remaining.

Rankins converted a 3-point play with 37.3 seconds to go.

With her team down, 39-38, Mingo-Young came up with a huge play when she made a steal and was good on the ensuing layup to give the Lady Jacks the lead, 40-39.

Loranger missed two free throws with 9.2 seconds left.

Having just four team fouls, Loranger had to commit three team fouls to put Bogalusa at the line.

Loranger got to that mark with two seconds left. Rankins hit the front end and Loranger was unable to score.

The comeback was complete. Bogalusa, which was down, 36-27, with 2:37 remaining, won, 41-39.

Also for Bogalusa, Diamond Martin and Jasmine May scored two points each.

For Loranger, Chelsea James finished with 14 while Anna White recorded 11 and Sydney Starkey added two.

The Lady Jacks hosted Jewel Sumner after yesterday’s press time in District 8-3A play.

Bogalusa’s next game is a road trip to Albany Friday for another District 8-3A game.

The Lady Jacks’ next home game is Feb. 6 when they take on Independence.