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High school boys basketball: Bossier rallies after slow start, but Wossman prevails in 3A semifinals

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Despite rallying to take the lead and battling until the end, the Bossier Bearkats couldn’t quite overcome a tough first quarter in a 56-46 loss to the Wossman Wildcats in the Class 3A semifinals Thursday afternoon at Burton Coliseum in Lake Charles.

The No. 2 seed Bearkats missed all 13 shots they attempted from the field in the first quarter, including seven 3-pointers, and found themselves behind 14-1.

Neither team scored in the first two minutes of the second. The Wildcats finally hit two free throws to go up 16-1 

Tahj Roots hit Bossier’s first field goal, a 3-pointer, with about 5:15 left in the half. 

That got the Bearkats going, and at the half they trailed just 27-20. Playing tough defense, the Bearkats whittled away the Wildcats’ lead in the third. A driving layup by Roots cut the lead to 37-36 with about 20 seconds left.

Bossier then took its only lead of the game early in the fourth when Roots drove to the basket again.

But Wossman answered with a 10-0 run to go up 47-38.

Bossier rallied again. Marquis Harris’ follow got the Bearkats within 47-44 with just over a minute left. 

The Wildcats missed the front end of a 1-and-1 but got the rebound. Fouled again, they didn’t miss. Bossier then misfired on a couple of 3s and Wossman hit two more free throws to take a seven-point lead with 39 seconds left. 

After another free throw made it an eight-point game, a Joseph Manning dunk cut the lead to six with 32 seconds left. But Bossier could get no closer.

Manning led the Bearkats with 16 points. Roots finished with 10.

Wossman (30-6), the No. 3 seed, will play No. 1 Madison Prep (24-6) for the state championship on Saturday. Madison Prep routed No. 4 Donaldsonville 70-45 in the other semifinal.

Bossier closed the season 27-8. The other losses came against Class 5A finalist Zachary, Class 4A finalists McMain and Carver, Madison Prep, 5A No. 2 seed Alexandria, Division I champion Scotlandville and Division IV runner-up Calvary Baptist.

The game was the last in high school for Manning, Harris, Sedric Applewhite, Carlos Butler and Jalen Thornton.

It was also Bossier’s last game in Class 3A for at least the next two seasons. The Bearkats are moving back up to 4A next season. 

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