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Lady Tarpons roar back; get to .500 in district

Lady Tarpons roar back; get to .500 in district

The South Lafourche girls’ basketball team left a lot of points on the floor in their district-opening one-point loss against Thibodaux – missed layups and free throws that cost the team the game.

In their second shot at district competition, that wasn’t the case.

The Lady Tarpons shot the ball extremely well last Tuesday night against Hahnville, using explosive offense to go ahead early against the home-standing Lady Tigers who entered the game with five-straight wins.

From there, South Lafourche never let up, roaring to a 58-31 win. The Lady Tarpons improved to 16-3 with the win – an even 1-1 in district play.

“Since that Thibodaux game, we’ve worked every day on getting better,” South Lafourche coach Rainie Terrebonne said after the win. “We worked on our shooting, and making our layups and our free throws. I think that tonight, we did those things pretty well, and I think it was a total team effort.”

From the earliest minutes of the game, South Lafourche was in control.

The Lady Tarpons stormed out of the gates fast, using both inside and outside shooting to take early leads. South Lafourche led 15-5 after the first quarter and then 33-14 at halftime.

Junior guard Caroline Guilbeau was a huge proponent in that success, scoring 23 points – including several deep 3-pointers.

Freshman Traya Bruce pitched in 14 for South Lafourche, who ballooned its lead to 48-18 through three before playing mostly reserves in the fourth quarter.

Terrebonne said she was pleased with her team’s defense in the win. That defense enabled the Lady Tarpons countless transition opportunities against a Hahnville team that entered with dead-legs, having played for four-straight games.

“We stayed in a zone – the same defense we always play,” Terrebonne said. “But we did a good job making things tough for them, and we rebounded well and turned defense into offense.”

The Lady Tarpons will stay road warriors this week. They traveled to East St. John on Tuesday night with no score at press time. They will also play at Terrebonne on Friday night.

Tarpons win, make donation at E.D. White
Central Lafourche ready for district

The South Lafourche boys’ basketball team gave a great showing at the E.D. White Tournament, posting a 2-1 record during the three-game event.

But what the team did in its lone loss of the tournament just might be the most impressive thing that any team does in the entire 2014-15 prep basketball season.

The Tarpons lost to E.D. White last Monday night by 18 – falling to the home-standing Cardinals by a 52-34 margin.

But after the game, South Lafourche High School presented a $750 donation to St. Jude’s Children Hospital on behalf of Bradley Hamilton – an E.D. White junior and basketball player who has battled leukemia for the past two seasons.

South Lafourche boys’ basketball coach Brian Callais said he urged his team before the game with E.D. White to ask friends and family members to donate to the cause.

E.D. White coach Jonathan Keife said the entire situation goes beyond basketball, and was one of the most touching things he’s ever seen in two decades as a coach.

“We’ve always respected Brian and his program, but that’s on a new level now,” Keife said. “To raise that much money is very special. We’re grateful, for sure. That’s class right there – true class.”

The game on Monday night didn’t go how South Lafourche wanted.

But on Tuesday night, the Tarpons’ fate changed, and they delivered a knockout punch to Centerville. South Lafourche won that game 65-28, using a strong second half to secure the rout.

The Tarpons led 21-9 after one and 28-16 at the half. But that lead ballooned in the third and fourth quarters, thanks in part to 20 points from Trevor Rebstock and 15 from Kobe Chouest.

South Lafourche is now 6-7 on the season.

Like the women, they will also play East St. John and Terrebonne this week – both games on the road.

South Lafourche went 2-1 at the E.D. White Tournament. Their cross-town rival Central Lafourche was unbeaten in three games.

The Trojans improved to 12-3 on the season, defeating West St. John, Teurlings Catholic and North Vermilion at E.D. White.

The last victory for Central Lafourche came last Tuesday – a 53-40 victory over North Vermilion.

In that game, the Trojans trailed 13-11 after the first quarter and 18-11 in the second quarter. But Central Lafourche battled back with a second quarter surge to send the game tied at halftime at 23.

In the second half, they took over, using balanced scoring to go ahead and stay on top with a fourth-quarter push.

Lionel Batiste led the Trojans with 14 points. Tahj Charles pitched in 11 in the Trojans’ final game before district play.

Central Lafourche opened district on Tuesday with a road game at H.L. Bourgeois. No score was available at press-time. They then host East St. John on Friday night.

While the Trojans’ men rolled on the last week of 2014, the girls’ basketball team stumbled, falling to 0-2 in district with a 69-23 loss to Thibodaux.

The loss drops the Lady Trojans to 2-12 on the season.