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College basketball: (Updated) New BPCC coach Nichols gets second victory; Cavs improve to 2-0

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The Bossier Parish Community College Lady Cavaliers improved to 2-0 under new head coach Brenda Nichols with a 86-79 overtime victory over the LSU-Alexandria junior varsity at Coach Billy Montgomery Gymnasium on Monday night.

Montgomery, a longtime coach, legislator and advocate of Bossier Parish athletics, was honored during a dedication ceremony between the men’s and women’s games.

BPCC trailed 34-29 at the half then rallied to within one after three quarters. The game was tied at 69 at the end of regulation.

BPCC’s Bra Sha Richardson, a freshman from Willis, Texas, and Monette Bolden, a sophomore from Abbeville, combined for 61 points. Richardson, a 6-foot forward, scored 31 points. Bolden, a 5-foot-7 guard, scored 30.

Richardson shot 80 percent (12 of 15) from the field and made seven of 10 free throws. She also had 11 rebounds.

Bolden shot 64 percent (nine of 14) from the field and 85 percent (11 of 13) from the free throw line. She also had eight rebounds and eight assists.

Deanne Perry, a 5-11 sophomore forward from Rowlett, Texas, led the Lady Cavs with 13 rebounds.

BPCC opened the season Thursday with an 85-67 victory over Baton Rouge Community College in Baton Rouge.

Bolden led the Lady Cavs with 19 points. Shaniyah Meneweather, a 5-6 freshman guard out of Monroe Neville, added 17. Richardson chipped in with 12.

Alexandria Pollard, a 6-2 freshman center from Houston, had eight rebounds off the bench.

The Lady Cavs return to action Friday at 4 p.m. against Odessa College in Tyler, Texas.

The BPCC men also won in overtime Monday night at home, defeating Baton Rouge Community College 98-87.

BRCC led 39-38 at the half and the game was tied at 78 at the end of regulation.

Jason Holliday, a 6-5 sophomore guard out of Baton Rouge Brusly, led the Cavs with 27 points. He came up big at the free-throw line, hitting 12 of 14.

Erie Olonade, a 6-foot sophomore guard, added 18 points. Mikail Simmons, a 6-9 forward from Dallas, had a double-double off the bench with 16 points and 14 rebounds.

Eric Parrish, a 6-7 sophomore guard who transferred from Akron, tossed in 15 points. Paris Harris, a 6-7 sophomore forward from Hot Springs, Ark., had 13 points and nine rebounds.

The Cavs won despite making just 2 of 17 3-pointers.

BPCC opened the season with a 115-61 rout of Dallas Fort Worth Prep on Saturday at BPCC.

Holliday paced the Cavs with 34 points. He hit 11 of 16 shots from the field (69 percent) and was 10 of 14 from the free throw line. He also had 10 rebounds.

Olonade added 19 points. Harris had 16 points and eight rebounds.

Parrish and E.J. Clark, a 5-11 freshman guard from Dallas, scored 14 each. Parrish also had 11 rebounds, and Clark had six assists.

The Cavaliers return to action Saturday with a 6 o’clock home game against Southern Arkansas University Tech.

— Featured photo by Randy Brown/Press-Tribune