LSUA’s Top 5 Moments from 2021-2022
ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB) - Throughout the week, the KALB Sports team will be highlighting the top sports moments from the LSUA Generals this past season, spreading across all sports.
No. 5 LSUA Women’s Basketball
The LSUA Women’s Basketball season did not start the way they would have hoped, losing 13 of their first 15 games, but all that would change when they played their rival Louisiana Christian at The Fort on January 22. The short-handed Generals, who only dressed out six girls for the game, came out hot, leading by 12 at the end of the first quarter. Kelsey Thaxton dropped a season-high 35 points while knocking down six three-pointers. She played the full 40 minutes that game as the Generals pulled off the 81-76 upset win that ultimately fueled them towards a run at the conference tournament.
No. 4 LSUA Baseball
The Generals baseball team might make several appearances on this list, especially with the run they had in the RRAC Tournament in Sterlington. LSUA was just one win away from the conference championship game with the only team in their way being their rival, LCU. The utility man, Cameron Daigle, started the game on the mound and went six strong innings, only giving up three runs and striking out six. However, his clutch moment would come in the bottom of the 8th inning. Down two runs, Daigle hit a three-run homerun to give the Generals a 6-5 lead that would be enough to eliminate their rival and punch their ticket to the title game.
No. 3 LSUA Tennis
The LSUA Tennis team was the closest team on campus to bring home the first national championship in school history this past season. The team saw their season come to an end just one game short of the NAIA championship game. Prior to that loss, the Generals were undefeated with a perfect 19-0 record that tied the program record for most wins in a season. The RRAC champs also climbed up to their highest ranking in school history. Looking ahead, they want to finish the job next season as they will return every player from this year’s semifinals team.
No. 2 LSUA Men’s Basketball
The Generals buzzer-beater against their hometown rival, the Louisiana Christian Wildcats, on the road was a game to remember. The Generals dominated in the paint, but the Wildcats made it a back-and-forth game in the second half of the game. The scoreboard was winding down, and as there were two seconds left, Generals guard Casey Smith hit a floater to give LSUA a thrilling 79-78 win. This was Smith’s only basket of the game, but it came in the most favorable time for the Generals, who escaped losing for the fourth time in five games.
No. 1 LSUA Baseball
The LSUA baseball team clinched the Red River Athletic Conference title for the first time since 2018. The Generals defeated Houston-Victoria 13-2. The No. 2 seeded Generals went a perfect 4-0 in the tournament with wins over-- Xavier, Texas A&M-Texarkana, Louisiana Christian, and Houston-Victoria. Former interim, now head coach Kody Gautreaux trusted true freshman Will Vice on the mound in the biggest game of the season. Vice responded with six innings of work, only allowing two runs and striking out three batters. The Generals recorded 20 hits as six different players had multiple hits including four who had three hits in the game.
Stay with KALB throughout the week as we continue to count down the top moments from the Generals this past season.
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