Ouachita holds off WM rally to win playoff battle
In a game featuring 84 free throws and more fouls (26) than points in the second quarter (25), No. 2 Ouachita held off a furious rally by No. 18 West Monroe to advance 71-57 to the LHSAA Class 5A quarterfinals.
A sellout crowd was on its feet, but early foul trouble by both teams mounted and West Monroe was never able to get into a solid, offensive rhythm.
"With Langston (Powell) and Chris (Tyler) getting in foul trouble early, it through us off offensively," West Monroe coach Kyle Hill said. "A lot of things we do go through them. They help us handle the ball so much."
West Monroe also struggled in the second half to keep pace at the free throw line as the Rebels made just 24-of-39 attempts while Ouachita connected on 34-of-45 from the charity stripe.
"Sometimes the game is getting late," Hill said. "And that pressure at the free throw line it tough for high school kids to handle."
The game was tied four times in the first half and West Monroe led by as much as three points at one point before an 11-2 Ouachita run put the Lions ahead to stay.
Langston Powell led the Rebels with 17 points and Kyran Fields added 15 for West Monroe.
Ouachita will host No. 7 Bonnabel in the quarterfinals Friday in Monroe.