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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

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Lady Tarpons fall short in Quarterfinals

Lady Tarpons fall short in Quarterfinals

The South Lafourche girls’ basketball team will not be going to the Top 28 for a second-straight season.

But they sure put a scare in the No. 1 team in the state on their way out the postseason.

The Lady Tarpons lost 60-42 to No. 1 Benton last Thursday night, ending the Lady Tarpons’ season one win short of a second-straight berth in the Top 28.

South Lafourche challenged the Lady Tigers throughout the game, leading a lot of the first half.

But Benton’s pressure man-to-man defense smothered the Lady Tarpons in the second half and allowed them to survive.

South Lafourche coach Rainie Terrebonne said she’s disappointed in the loss, but said it doesn’t remove any of the pride she has in the 2018-19 season, one which she said was an unquestioned success for she and her youthful team, which featured several underclassmen in key roles.

“We started this season as little girls and finished the season as young ladies,” Terrebonne said. “This team accomplished a lot more than what people thought they would.”

And they put a scare in the No. 1 team in the state on their way out.

South Lafourche started a little slow early, falling behind 10-4 in the opening minutes, but closing the first quarter on a 13-4 surge to take a 17-14 lead after one.

But the Lady Tigers changed their defense after the quarter, switching from a loose zone defense to a tight man-to-man. That alignment shift caused chaos for South Lafourche, taking the team completely out of rhythm on the offensive side of the floor.

South Lafourche didn’t score for the first four minutes of the second quarter, allowing Benton to re-take the lead.

The Lady Tarpons tied the game at 21-all with 3 minutes to go in the first half, but the Lady Tigers closed the half with a flurry, finishing on a 9-0 run to take a 30-21 halftime lead.

Benton got two offensive rebounds off missed free throws in the surge, turning both into second-chance points.

Terrebonne said before the game that rebounding would be a key to the game and she was right. In those moments where the Lady Tarpons faltered, the Lady Tigers took full advantage.

In the second half, another scoring drought plagued South Lafourche. They went without a basket for the first two minutes and 30 seconds of the third quarter, which allowed Benton to balloon their lead into double-digits.

South Lafourche cut the deficit to 8 with two minutes to go in the third quarter with a short surge, but the Lady Tigers grabbed complete control in the final minutes of the third and into the fourth quarter with a surge to take a 44-31 lead at the end of the third quarter and a 49-31 lead with six minutes to go in regulation.

South Lafourche picked up the pace and tried to respond, but couldn’t.

In the final minutes of the game, Terrebonne let all four seniors, Sierra Lerille, Tristen Boudreaux, Lanie Kiger and Abigail Bouzigard, see the floor to finish the game out.

The loss ends South Lafourche’s season with a 23-8 record.

As for Benton? They continued their journey on Tuesday night against a familiar foe to the Lady Tarpons, district rival Ellender. (Results were not available as of press time Tuesday morning.)