Led by the scoring of Jada Hall, Katelyn Wren, and Porsha Blackmore, the Lady Wildcats increased a 12-8 first quarter lead to a 31-17 halftime lead.
Tia Winbush and Taylor Freeman led the first-half effort by the Lady Bobcats with seven and six points, respectively.
The Lady Bobcats outscored the Lady Wildcats 6-2 at the start of the third quarter to pull within 33-25 with 5:30 left in the quarter.
Eunice kept pace with Livonia until the final two minutes of the third quarter when the Lady Wildcats pulled away to a 50-32 advantage.
Winbush led the Eunice third-quarter scoring with 10 points, but six Lady Wildcats hit the scoring column in that quarter to build an 18-point cushion.
The Lady Wildcats would maintain their lead by outscoring the Lady Bobcats 22-20 in the fourth quarter.
Taylor Freeman led the Eunice scoring with nine points, while Hall was top scorer in the fourth quarter for Livonia with eight points.
For the game, Porsha Blackmore led the Lady Wildcats with 20 points. Hall added 19 and Wren had 15 for Livonia.
Winbush led Eunice High with 19 points. Freeman added 15, while Jazmine James and Hali Jack chipped in with six apiece.
Beulah Bradley and Abby Hillman completed the scoring for Eunice with five and two points, respectively.
The Lady Cats (5-12, 0-2) will travel to Port Barre on Tuesday and host Rayne on Friday as they continue district play.
Livonia 55, Eunice 53
The Eunice High Bobcats fell just inches short of victory here Friday night as they fell to the Livonia Wildcats by a 54-52 margin in District 4-3A action.
Coach John McLemore’s Bobcats staged a furious fourth-quarter rally to overcome a 43-32 deficit at the end of the third quarter to put themselves in position to win the game.
But a last-second three-point attempt by the Bobcats’ Trenon Trosclair hit the side of the rim as the buzzer sounded to end the game, and leave the Bobcats with an 0-2 district record.
The final quarter started badly for the Bobcats as the Wildcats opened the quarter with four points to push their lead to 47-32 with 5:44 remaining in the game.
But the Bobcats would go on an 13-0 run over the next three minutes to cut the lead to 47-45.
Warren Guidry would start the Bobcat run with a three-point shot, and Graecen Watley would add two free throws to close the gap to 47-37.
Ben Allison would score the next two buckets, then draw a foul on an attempted three-point goal to go to the line. He would miss all three attempts but get his own rebound on the final miss and put it back in the basket to cut the lead to 47-43 with 3:28 remaining.
After Livonia’s Orlando Gremillion missed two free throws, Eunice’s Derek Denton drove in for a bucket to make it 47-45 at the 2:57 mark. Livonia’s Landon Juge hit one of two free throws to make it 48-45, but Trosclair would nail a three-pointer at the 2:05 mark to tie the game at 48-48.
The fourth-quarter drama would continue with Gremillion making one of two free throws, but then making a steal and driving to the bucket for a 52-48 lead. Trosclair responded with a three-point goal to cut the lead to 52-51 with 1:11 left.
After forcing a jump ball on defense, the Bobcats’ Allison drove for a goal to give the Bobcats their first lead of the game at the 29 second mark. Juge responded with a goal on the Livonia end to regain the lead at 54-53. Denton missed inside for the Cats and were forced to foul Mahrquel Brown with seven seconds left. Brown missed the first and made the second to put the Wildcats up 55-53, setting up Trosclair’s attempt at the end of the game.
“That may have been the best fourth quarter we’ve played all season,” said Coach McLemore after the game. “We’re going to win one of those close ones soon.”
Trosclair finished as the game’s top scorer with 18 points. Allison and Guidry each finished with 10 points, while Denton added seven. Chris Sylvie led Livonia with 17 points. Brown and Juge had 12 points apiece for the Wildcats, now 1-1 in district play.
The Bobcats travel to Port Barre on Tuesday before returning home to host Rayne on Friday.