South Lafourche played quality basketball for the full 32 minutes on Tuesday night.
In doing so, they made a statement: dominating and blowing out one of the top teams in Class 5A in the effort — showing just how good they can be with elite-level effort and intensity over a full game.
The Lady Tarpons roared past Denham Springs 59-32 at The Tank, using balanced scoring and dominant defense to secure the win.
Coach Rainie Terrebonne said the win was huge for her team, and boy, she’s not kidding.
Denham Springs entered the game with a 12-4 record. In the latest power rating projections, they were listed as the No. 5 team in the state in Class 5A.
But they looked small compared to South Lafourche on Tuesday night.
The teams traded blows in the opening quarter with South Lafourche holding a 19-15 advantage.
Guards Makayla Bynum, Evan Duet and Madison Ryan sparked the early outside offense, while post Na’laysia Mack controlled the paint.
In the second quarter, the Lady Tarpons took over.
South Lafourche outscored Denham Springs 18-2 in the second period, roaring to a 37-17 halftime advantage.
Ryan was lethal throughout the game, leading all scorers with 18 points. She also had 8 rebounds and 6 assists. She had added responsibility in the lineup because key contributor Ava Pitre missed the game with a lingering injury.
Reserve guard Abbi Collins also had the hot hand with 11 points — including a couple key shots from long range.
Bynum and Duet both added 9, while Madelyn Bourgeois pitched in 6.
In the second half, Denham Springs attempted to draw closer, picking up their defensive pressure and offensive tempo.
But every time they attempted to light a fire in themselves, South Lafourche matched, throwing water on the blaze.
The Lady Tarpons led 48-26 through 3 quarters, then ballooned the advantage up near 30 points in the final period.
Freshman Kayde Bruce sunk a long jumper late in the game to secure some of South Lafourche’s last offense — the icing on the cake of a total team effort and win.
South Lafourche is now 9-6 on the season.
In the last power rating projections, they were No. 9 in Class 4A.
They’ll likely see a small boost forward thanks to Tuesday’s key win.
The Lady Tarpons return to the floor tomorrow at Central Lafourche — another key matchup against a Class 5A foe.
Posted on Wed, January 8, 2020
by By CASEY GISCLAIR | GAZETTE STAFF