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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

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Lady Tarpons earn high postseason seed

Lady Tarpons earn high postseason seed

Season one ended in early January’s non-district play.

Season two, the district grind ended on Friday night with a 56-32 win over E.D. White.

Now, after months of hard work, preparation, 21 wins and 7 losses, it’s time for season three to begin for the South Lafourche girls’ basketball team, the Class 4A State Playoffs.

The Lady Tarpons earned the No. 8 seed in the Class 4A bracket, securing a date with No. 25 Carencro this Thursday night at home in Galliano.

South Lafourche positioned themselves for that seed after routing Morgan City 79-38 last Tuesday, which set up the E.D. White win, the team’s fourth-straight going into postseason.

Coach Rainie Terrebonne said the goal for her team is simple: peak at the right time and may the chips fall where they may.

“Shooting, defense, passes, the normal things, rebounding. Just anything to get ready for next week,” Terrebonne said after the win over the Lady Cardinals when asked what the team needed to work on in its preparation. “We have a young team and we make some mistakes, but we never give up and we always keep fighting.”

That fight was apparent in the regular season finale. The Lady Tarpons played very poorly early in the game, falling behind 10-8 at the end of the first quarter.

Shots weren’t falling from the outside for the Lady Tarpons, who made zero 3-pointers in the first three quarters of the game.

But with shots not falling, South Lafourche picked up its defensive intensity in the second and third quarters, swarming the Lady Cardinals to a 26-15 halftime lead and then a 41-20 lead after three quarters.

In the fourth, the shots started falling with Makayla Bynum drilling several 3-pointers to put the game away.

Terrebonne said she was proud of how the team competed after the rough, sluggish start.

The opposite effect was in play for the South Lafourche boys on Friday night.

The Tarpons started strong, grabbing hold of an early lead against the Cardinals. But late-game miscues plagued the Tarpons who fell victim to a 32-30 loss at the hands of E.D. White.

South Lafourche had the ball late with a chance to tie or go for the win. But a last-second 3-point try from Trey Gallagher clanked off the backboard and into the hands of the Cardinals who secured the victory.

Coach Brian Callais said the loss was due to a lack of communication between he and his team in late-game situations. The Tarpons had several miscues late, which squandered the lead and allowed the Cardinals to come from behind.

“The second half at the end, we just didn’t execute,” Callais said. “Our listening skills are not where they need to be this late in the season. That’s my fault. I take all of the blame for that. These guys need to listen to what we want to get done and we just had some lapses in this game here and it cost us.”

Friday’s game was ugly with neither team getting much of a rhythm throughout a slow-paced game.

But the Tarpons were consistently one step ahead of the Cardinals early, owning a 9-6 lead after the first quarter and then a 19-16 lead at the half.

The Tarpons had chances early to lead by more, but the Cardinals drew fouls, which put them on the free-throw line and kept the game close.

Those early free points enabled the Cardinals to be within striking distance for a late-game rally.

Down 26-21 after the third quarter, the Cardinals got Peyton Amedee and Quinn Strander going in the final 8 minutes to re-take the lead and thwart the Tarpons chance at victory.

The Lady Tarpons will take on Carencro Thursday at 6 p.m., a win or go-home game.

The boys team hosted South Terrebonne on Tuesday night with no score at press-time. They then close out the season on Friday at CCA.


Trojans get prideful win

This basketball season hasn’t been much fun for the Central Lafourche boys’ basketball team. But finally on Friday night, the Trojans got rewarded for their hard work throughout the season with a big-time win.

The Trojans beat Terrebonne 75-65 on Friday, the team’s first district win in 10 tries.

Alex Sanders led the Trojans with 23 points in the win, a road victory for the Trojans in the Terrebonne gym.

It was the finest moment all season for the Trojans. They played tough and fierce in the Tigers’ gym, getting balanced scoring on the way to the win.

Sanders led the Trojans, but four others, Courtney Smith (16 points), Everette Jackson (13 points), Jahiem Gray (11 points), and Ashtrein Duncan (10 points) all pitched into the winning effort.

With the victory, the Trojans are now 6-20 on the season.

They will not make the playoffs, but they will close out their regular season on Friday against Thibodaux, the No. 1 team in the state.

The Lady Trojans also played at Terrebonne on Friday, but they didn’t enjoy the same fate. They fell 60-36 to the Lady Tigers, ending the team’s season with a 7-22 record.