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Win and move on.
It’s an old school sports mantra for the postseason and the West Monroe Rebels did just that in a 51-45 win at No. 15 Hahnville Friday.
The win sets up one of the hottest tickets in town Tuesday as No. 2 Ouachita comes to No. 18 West Monroe at 7 p.m. for the second round of the LHSAA Class 5A playoffs.
“First off, defensively we were really good,” West Monroe coach Kyle Hill said. “I don’t think anyone had pressured them like that. Hahnville shoots a lot of 3’s and we were able to eliminate some of their transition baskets which was huge. Then offensively, we found some things that work.”
Tied 21-21 at halftime, the game was a back and forth affair that saw more than 10 ties and West Monroe hitting a lethal combination of 3s and free throws in the final two minutes to come away with the win.
Leading late in the game, senior Langston Powell made the play of the night, and maybe the season for West Monroe, with a trailing block on a drive to the basket that preserved the slim lead for the Rebels.
Powell also made 9-of-10 free throws in the second half to capitalize on some Hahnville foul issues.
Powell scored 20 points to lead all scorers. Kyran Fields added 12 points and made a pair of clutch three-pointers in the fourth-quarter.
“Langston with that big block, and our kids did a good job of not cracking under pressure,” Hill said. “This was on the road, in that type of environment, you get comfortable being uncomfortable.”