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Bearcats edged by Lions, 59-52

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Ruston High overcame a slow start to give No. 2 ranked Monroe Ouachita High a close battle before losing, 59-52, in a showdown for first place in District 2-5A Monday night.

The No. 6 ranked Bearcats (25-7, 6-2) trailed 17-5 after the first quarter before outscoring the Lions (27-4, 8-0) 18-15 in the second quarter.

Ruston then doubled Ouachita’s points, 20-10, in the third quarter before the Lions sealed the victory with a 17-point fourth quarter. In the final period, the Bearcats scored nine points.

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