South Lafourche girls’ basketball coach Rainie Terrebonne never knows who it’s going to be, but she trusts that in every game the Lady Tarpons play, someone is going to step up to offset the loss the team suffered when All-State post player Victorianna Nelson went down with a season-ending knee injury.
On Friday night against South Terrebonne, that special somebody was sophomore post player Taylor Toups.
Toups sparked the Lady Tarpons in crunch time – both offensively and defensively, making crucial plays in key moments to help South Lafourche score a hard-fought 46-39 road win.
Down one with a minute to play, Toups got an offensive rebound and put back score to give the Lady Tarpons a 40-39 advantage.
Just 40 seconds later, she threw water on the Lady Gators’ comeback efforts on the defensive end, taking a charge and giving the ball back to her team with complete control of the game.
Terrebonne said having players step up is nothing new to her team. She said Toups is one of many Lady Tarpons who always rise to the occasion when called to action.
“We know we can’t replace Vic with one player,” Terrebonne said at her radio appearance last week. “But we don’t really try to, either. We know we need it to come from everyone – our whole team working together and stepping up their efforts bit by bit. That’s how we have to get to where we want to go – as a team. We’ve done that so far this season.”
On Friday night, Toups’ late-game heroics capped a second-half blitz from junior guard Traya Bruce.
The standout guard had a slow first half, and was swarmed by Lady Gators defenders, who wanted to take her out rhythm.
In her absence, post player Abigail Bouzigard, Ramey Messer, Elizabeth Curole and Mak Bynum pitched in offense, which allowed South Lafourche to lead 11-9 after the first quarter and then 16-10 at half.
Then Bruce got rolling.
In the second half, the reigning District 7-4A MVP went off, scoring 18 points to power South Lafourche’s offense.
The Lady Tarpons extended their halftime lead and looked poised to run away from South Terrebonne, going up by 12 at one point in the third quarter before settling into a 31-22 lead after three quarters.
But in the fourth quarter, South Terrebonne fought back, tying the game with three minutes to play and then taking a one-point lead with 90 seconds to go on free throws by Paityn Landry.
But South Lafourche never faltered, getting the go-ahead basket by Toups, then multiple stops to send themselves to the free throw line.
While there, they didn’t miss, which sealed the win.
Lady Gators coach Nick Cenac said it was a glistening example of why the Lady Tarpons are one of the best teams in the state.
“We battled back, but we knew they weren’t going to stop until the last whistle,” Cenac said. “In the end, they just made a few more plays than we did at the end.”
South Lafourche will take on Vandebilt in Houma on Friday.
Tarpon boys win close one
After losing by 70 points last Tuesday against Ellender, many thought the South Lafourche boys’ basketball team would be in for a breeze against South Terrebonne.
That didn’t happen – not at all.
The Tarpons and Gators battled one another for 32 minutes in one of the most physical, hard-fought games of the season for either team.
South Lafourche beat South Terrebonne 55-49 when it was all over, earning the ninth win of the season for the team.
Seth Borne scored 23 points for the Tarpons, while Marquis Francis pitched in 16. The duo’s points helped South Lafourche overcome a 10-point first-quarter deficit, which gave the Gators hope in front of a home crowd.
That hope spilled all the way into the second half of the game.
South Terrebonne led 19-9 after the first quarter, then 27-24 at half, thanks to offensive production from Connor Brunet and timely shooting from his surrounding cast.
The Gators surrendered the lead in the third quarter, but never let the Tarpons get too far away. They used a late-quarter surge to tie the game at 37 going into the fourth quarter setting up a winner-take-all situation in the final quarter.
The Tarpons took it all.
In the fourth quarter, South Lafourche got big-time baskets from Borne when it needed offense the most, going ahead for good in the middle stages of the quarter.
Brunet fired back with a few long shots of his own, but the Gators’ hopes ended late in the quarter when several players fouled out of the game, including Brunet.
With the win, South Lafourche ends the first round of district play with a 3-2 record.
Like the ladies, they will take on Vandebilt on Friday night.
Trojans, Lady Trojans enjoy rest after district bye
While South Lafourche traveled to take on the Gators, the Central Lafourche boys’ and girls’ teams rested at home – a built-in district bye.
At press-time on Monday night, the Trojans were 5-1 in district play, and were tied for the lead in the league with H.L. Bourgeois, whom they faced on Tuesday with no score available at press-time on Monday night.
The Central Lafourche ladies are winless in district play, and are not going to be in playoff contention.
Both the Trojans and Lady Trojans will be in action on Friday night at Thibodaux.
Posted on Tue, January 31, 2017
by Gazette Sports Reports