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Sunday, July 14, 2019

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Lady Tarpons get revenge, roar past Northside

Lady Tarpons get revenge, roar past Northside

Last year, Northside did something that not many teams do. They beat South Lafourche’s girls’ basketball team in The Tank – ending the girls’ basketball season in the Round of 8 in the Class 4A State Playoffs.

This year, the Lady Tarpons had a shot at revenge and, boy, did they ever pay it back in full.

South Lafourche crushed Northside 70-42 on Monday night – advancing again to the Round of 8 in the Class 4A State Playoffs.

The Lady Tarpons started strong, dominating the game from the early minutes – never bending, nor breaking against the Lady Vikings.

Coach Rainie Terrebonne and players said the reason for that was simple: sweet, sweet revenge.

“The girls came out and they knew they wanted to take care of business and get this revenge after what happened last year because we are not the same team that we were last year,” Terrebonne said. “It might be the same faces (but it’s) different uniforms and it’s different kids in them. We just came out here and they had that revenge factor that they were ready to get back at them and obviously, we did it.”

“We really wanted revenge on them,” senior guard Traya Bruce added. “We just came out and did what we needed to do to get that W.”

That they did.

South Lafourche pressed the Lady Vikings relentlessly on Monday night, forcing turnovers and creating transition opportunities.

The Lady Tarpons led 22-4 at the end of the first quarter, dominating the game with their defensive energy and offensive pace.

Senior post Victorianna Nelson had six points in the opening quarter – exactly a year after she was forced to sit out last year’s game between the teams because of a severe knee injury.

Nelson said she was motivated to get going early in the game because she wanted to make sure last year’s wrong would be made right in the rematch.

“I knew we had to win,” Nelson said. “I knew we had to come out strong. We couldn’t take any plays off. So we just told each other that we had to come out strong and that’s what we did.”

The Lady Tarpons never let up. South Lafourche led 37-20 at halftime, then in the second half, they ballooned their lead out beyond 20 and even past 30 points at times.

Bruce led the Lady Tarpons in scoring with 25 points in the win. Senior Kyzha “Tee” Jackson had 18, while Nelson pitched in 12 points, 5 rebounds and 6 steals.

Terrebonne applauded Jackson’s play as being huge in the win, but she said she’s proud of all 11 varsity players who saw the floor, adding that every, single player executed the team’s game plan flawlessly.

“This was a great team win,” Terrebonne said. “Ramey (Messer) played a heck of a game out there. Tee played well. Elizabeth (Curole), you know, she had the defense always. Mac (Bynum) came off the bench and did well. Abigail (Bouzigard) played well. Sierra (Lerille), Caroline (Curole), Na’laysia (Mack), Bre’ylynn (Jackson) … they all came in and did what we asked them to do.”

With the win, the Lady Tarpons survive and advance to the Elite 8 where they will take on No. 7 Minden.

Revenge on Monday was sweet, but Bruce and Nelson said they have one last goal in mind – getting past the round in which the team lost last year.

“We really want it, so we’ve just got to go out there and get it done,” Bruce said.

“It doesn’t matter the team. We’re just going to go hard,” Nelson added.


CLHS, SLHS make boys’ playoffs

The two local boys’ basketball teams still have state championship dreams, as well.

On Monday afternoon, the Louisiana High School Athletic Association released the boys’ basketball playoff brackets and both South Lafourche and Central Lafourche are in the field.

The Trojans earned the No. 12 seed in Class 5A, which will keep them at home in the opening round of the playoffs – a date with No. 21 Southwood. That game will be on Friday night in Mathews.

Central Lafourche ended the season as the District 7-5A Co-Champions after going 9-3 in the league.

Southwood is a formidable foe. They’re just 16-14 on the season, but they’ve faced some of the best teams in Louisiana during that grind. Southwood has also lost close in most of its defeats, losing 11 games by 10 points or less.

South Lafourche also is facing a fearsome foe. The Tarpons beat CCA on Saturday, which earned them a spot in the playoffs in Class 4A.

South Lafourche earned the No. 30 seed which will pit them against No. 3 Woodlawn-Shreveport on Friday night.

This marks the second time in three seasons that the Tarpons make it to the postseason under coach Brian Callais. But their time there will not easily be spent. Woodlawn made the Top 28 last year and has lost just five games all season.