Either South Lafourche or Ellender will win District 7-4A for girls’ basketball.
That’s a given. The champion will be decided based on who wins the teams’ two head-to-head matchups.
Round one goes to Ellender – in a thriller.
The Lady Patriots and Lady Tarpons battled one another tooth and nail on Friday night – a game that was easily one of the best in the area for the 2015-16 season.
Ellender won 63-61, overcoming a surging South Lafourche team that was without three starters who had fouled out. The Patriots scored with 15 seconds on a basket by Orieon James, and South Lafourche never recovered to tie or take the lead, despite having opportunities with both possession and free throw tries.
The Lady Tarpons fell to 4-1 in district play with the defeat. The Lady Patriots are now 5-0. South Lafourche absolutely must now beat Ellender in a Lundi Gras rematch to force a tie in the standings.
“We just didn’t get it done,” South Lafourche girls’ basketball coach Rainie Terrebonne said. “We knew it was going to be hard, and now we just have to regroup and get ourselves ready for the rest of our season and the next time we get a chance at them.”
Early, things were going incredibly well for Big Blue.
South Lafourche controlled all of the action early, leading 19-12 after the first quarter – a lead that ballooned to as many as 13 points in the second quarter. But toward the end of the first half, fouls started to harm the Lady Tarpons, which allowed Ellender to cut the lead to 32-24 at halftime.
Out of the lockers, the Lady Patriots took over, using a surge to take the lead – the team’s first advantage of the game. The Patriots won the third quarter in a big way, doubling up South Lafourche 26-13 to roar into the fourth quarter ahead 50-45.
In that final frame, the teams battled, going back and forth with multiple ties and lead changes – a seesaw battle that thrilled the jam-packed gym.
South Lafourche had tons of chances to steal the win, but a combination of cold shooting, missed free throws and rebounding cost the Lady Tarpons, who had one final shot at the buzzer to win – a halfcourt heave from Caroline Guilbeau, which fell just off the iron and out.
Guilbeau led all scorers with 26 points. Traya Bruce had 14.
The intensity of the game was high, and perhaps Ellender coach Kenneth Dixon said it best after it was all over.
“I’m tired,” Dixon said. “I’m going to sleep good tonight. This game wore me out.”
The teams meet again Feb. 8 in Galliano. It was scheduled for Feb. 9, but has been moved up due to Mardi Gras Day.
Tarpon boys fall at Ellender
The South Lafourche boys had a tough night at Ellender.
Playing without four contributors for a lot of the game, the beat-up Tarpons never had an answer for Ellender’s press, falling 95-49 to the powerful Patriots.
South Lafourche stalled the ball early and kept the Patriots off the scoreboard for the first three minutes of the game. But once Ellender got running, they never stopped, leading 17-4 after the first quarter and then 46-16 at halftime.
The Tarpons cut the lead to 23 in the third quarter, but Ellender ballooned it back northward late in the quarter with a huge run, pushing the advantage to 66-31. In the final frame, both teams played sloppily with Ellender pulling away for the win.
The Tarpons were without Seth Borne (ankle), Luke Chiasson (liver), Jaydon Cheramie (ankle) and Harvey Allen (quit team) for the game. Thomas Rousse (ankle/foot) missed a lot of the second half.
Both the Tarpons and Lady Tarpons return to the floor Thursday night at home against South Terrebonne.
Trojans keep rolling
There are no easy games in District 7-5A. But Central Lafourche battled through another tough one on Friday night, getting past a gutsy Terrebonne team.
The Trojans led by four at halftime on Friday, but trailed in the third quarter before regaining momentum and sealing the game.
Central Lafourche led throughout the fourth quarter and used clutch free throw shooting to seal a 72-65 win – the Trojans second victory this season over Terrebonne.
Central Lafourche is now 4-1 in district and are thrust into a three-way first-place tie with East St. John and H.L. Bourgeois.
“It was a tough win. Terrebonne played hard,” Trojans coach Mark Sanders said. “We did a nice job battling and pushing through when things weren’t going our way early.”
The Trojans didn’t have it easy.
Central led 14-7 after the first quarter, but Terrebonne won the second quarter, cutting the lead to 26-22 at half. In the third quarter, the Tigers took the lead before letting up, trailing 57-54 with eight minutes to play.
In the final quarter, the pace slowed down with the Trojans holding steadily to a close advantage. Down the stretch, the game was decided on the foul line. Central Lafourche made six foul shots in the final minute of the game to seal the deal.
Trojans standout Quindon Charles led the Trojans with 26 points. Lionel Batiste pitched in 12.
Central Lafourche plays a non-district tilt on Friday – a road game at Albany.
Lady Trojans stumble against Terrebonne
Before the Trojans trumped the Terrebonne boys, it was the Lady Tigers girls who one-upped Central Lafourche.
The Lady Tigers won 54-28, dropping Central Lafourche to 1-22 on the season.
Terrebonne led 11-4 after the first quarter – a lead that ballooned to 31-14 at halftime. Out of halftime,
Terrebonne didn’t relent, taking a 48-21 lead going into the fourth quarter before pulling back in the final eight minutes.
The Lady Trojans have a bye on Friday night.
Posted on Tue, January 26, 2016
by Gazette Sports Reports