The South Lafourche High School girls’ basketball team made a clear statement on Friday night, they’ll be a huge factor in how the District 7-4A Championship chase plays out.
The Lady Tarpons beat South Terrebonne 37-29 in the district opener, arguably the biggest win of the season for a youthful Lady Tarpons team that graduated the core of a roster that made the Class 4A State Semifinals last spring.
South Lafourche is now 17-6 on the season and 1-0 in district play.
In beating the Lady Gators, they trumped the No. 3 team in the state in Class 4A, one of the biggest challengers they’ll face in the district slate.
“We worked this week on stopping the penetration and I think we did a very good job of that,” South Lafourche coach Rainie Terrebonne said, applauding the defensive effort of her team. “They penetrated to go to the goal and they had to kick it out. We did an excellent job of rebounding on the offensive side and going right back up with it. We worked on all that stuff in practice this week and you could tell that they bought into what we sold them.”
The Lady Tarpons did that and more. South Lafourche controlled pretty much the entirety of the game with South Terrebonne, surging to a 10-3 lead at the end of the first quarter, then a 24-9 lead at halftime.
The Lady Tarpons got balanced scoring throughout the first half with senior post Abigail Bouzigard controlling the Lady Gators’ offense with rim protection, rebounding and second-chance putbacks.
When she got a break, sophomore Nalaysia Mack stepped in with six second-quarter points to help keep South Lafourche surging.
The Lady Gators made a run.
South Lafourche scored just three points in the entire third quarter, an acrobatic And-1 from junior Makayla Bynum, who wowed with dazzling play on both ends throughout the game.
The Lady Gators weren’t an offensive masterpiece in the quarter, but they did enough to chip away and cut their deficit to 27-18 after three quarters.
In the fourth quarter, South Terrebonne inched closer at times, but every surge was met by a Lady Tarpons rally.
A basket by Evan Duet ended a South Lafourche scoring drought and key plays by Bynum, Sierra Lerille and others sparked a rally.
Perhaps the icing on the cake came late when freshman Ava Pitre took a charge on Lady Gators senior guard and Southern signee Chloe Fleming, negating a scoring opportunity and swinging back momentum to South Lafourche where it never was relented.
With the win, South Lafourche opened district play on the right foot with a much-needed win because they travel to take on Ellender on Friday, another state power.
The Tarpon boys will open district play on that night, as well.
Trojans, Lady Trojans trying to shake out of a funk
The district slate has not been kind to the Central Lafourche Trojans thus far. The Lady Trojans are winless in league play with the latest defeat coming in a 52-24 setback against Hahnville.
Central Lafourche started the season 6-0, but have since won just 1 game in the past 17 tries.
But the Lady Trojans have youth and are trying to find their way back after several-straight down years.
The Trojans’ boys are battling a lot of the same things. The Trojans are 4-16 on the season without a win in District 7-5A. But they’ve been awfully close, losing three of their four district games by single digits. Last week, they lost 70-59 to Hahnville, then 55-49 against Terrebonne.
Coach Mark Sanders said the ball just hasn’t bounced the Trojans way many times this year.
“It’s been rough,” Sanders said.
Both the Trojans and Lady Trojans will travel and take on East St. John Friday. \
The teams also played Thibodaux on Tuesday, but scores were not available as of press time Tuesday morning.
Posted on Tue, January 22, 2019
by Gazette Sports Report