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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

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Lady Patriots triumph over Lady Tarpons

Lady Patriots triumph over Lady Tarpons

The South Lafourche girls’ basketball team has had a leg up on just about everyone its faced in the past three or four years. But on Friday, an old nemesis again got in the way of the Lady Tarpons and their quest to win the District 7-4A Championship.

South Lafourche lost 57-42 at Ellender in the House of Pain, the second-straight season the Lady Patriots defeat the Lady Tarpons in District play.

The loss avenged South Lafourche’s early-season win over the Lady Patriots at a tournament, but gives Ellender firm control of the District race heading into the final weeks of the season.

South Lafourche had chances against the Lady Patriots, but struggled to consistently convert, missing open looks and turning over the ball, which helped spark Ellender’s high-powered offense.

“It was a revenge game for us,” Ellender guard Carly Anderson said.

And it showed!

From the opening tip, Ellender came out of the gates hot, especially behind senior guard Terris McKay, who made several big shots to power the Lady Patriots to a 27-18 lead at halftime.

In the second half, the Lady Patriots opened up the lead to double-digits with several players getting involved in the scoring.

“We had it in our minds that we going to play our best today,” guard Trastasia Hester said. “We did what we needed to do and kept the momentum.”

South Lafourche battled back with Makayla Bynum, Sierra Lerille and Evan Duet all scoring multiple second-half buckets. But the wave of Lady Patriots offense became too much to bare.

With the win, Ellender is now 17-10 overall and 3-0 in district. The Lady Tarpons are 17-7 and 1-1 in district.

But the Lady Tarpons own a power ranking advantage over Ellender, sitting at No. 8 in the state at press-time as opposed to Ellender’s No. 9.

South Lafourche returned to the floor on Tuesday against Vandebilt with no score available as of press time on Tuesday morning.

South Lafourche girls’ basketball coach Rainie Terrebonne said the district is a challenge this year, but added that the grind will just better equip the Lady Tarpons for an eventual run in the Class 4A State Playoffs.

“Playing in those types of games makes you better and it gets you ready for the last part of the season,” Terrebonne said during a radio interview last week. “We’ve played a lot of great teams and we know how we match up with some of the best of the best that are out there and we like our chances, even though we’re a young team.”

The girls’ game on Friday was a sweep for the Patriots. The Ellender boys also beat South Lafourche, scoring a 62-46 win thanks to a third-quarter surge.

The Patriots and Tarpons played a close, physical first half with Ellender leading by single digits at halftime, thanks to South Lafourche’s shot making and inside game.

But in the third quarter, Ellender sprung out to a big margin with an early surge, which forced the Tarpons out of their gameplay. The Tarpons challenged late, but never fully re-took momentum, surrendering their district opener to the Patriots.

Junior Eric Thibodaux had a double-double for the Tarpons with Isaac Callais also pitching in double-digits.

Both the Tarpons and Lady Tarpons travel to Napoleonville Friday to take on Assumption.


Trojans trying to find their footing in 5-A

Wins have been tough to come by for both the Central Lafourche boys and girls basketball teams in the 2018-19 season, the byproduct of being in a brutally tough district.

But on Monday night, the Trojans got to get in the winner’s circle once more. The Trojans crushed Cohen 71-27 on Monday in non-district play, avenging a hard-fought, 63-51 loss that Central endured at East St. John on Friday.

Alex Sanders had 33 points in the win, which was the Trojans’ 5th of the season.

While the boys enjoyed ending their losing streak on Monday, the Lady Trojans have been embroiled with a monkey on their backs for more than a month, still winless in district play.

Both teams will host H.L. Bourgeois on Friday night.