After losing to Ellender in the District Championship Playoff Game, South Lafourche girls’ basketball coach Rainie Terrebonne promised fans that the setback wouldn’t affect her team in the opening round of the Class 4A State Playoffs.
The coach was right.
The Lady Tarpons were firing on all cylinders on Thursday night against West Ouachita in the Round of 32 in Class 4A.
South Lafourche started strong and controlled the game from start-to-finish, using balanced scoring and dominant defense to secure a 73-45 win.
Sophomore forward Victorianna Nelson led all scorers with 20 points. Fellow sophomore Traya Bruce had 18 for the Lady Tarpons, who played before a slam-packed home crowd on Thursday night.
“We played well tonight,” Terrebonne said after the victory. “We didn’t overlook this game. We watched film and studied what they did throughout the week. We changed up a couple of things and executed our game plan really well, and we’re happy to be going onto the next round.”
For South Lafourche, it was a dominant attack from its post players that won the game – both offensively and defensively.
On the offensive end, Nelson was an absolute monster. She scored both inside and outside, showcasing an array of post moves and also a consistent 17-foot baseline jumper that was lethal on Thursday night.
Nelson said she was hot in warmups, and carried it into the game. The sophomore scored 14 points in the first half, which enabled the Lady Tarpons to lead 16-10 after the first quarter and 34-18 at halftime.
“I just felt good,” Nelson said. “It’s the playoffs. We knew what was at stake. I was shooting it with confidence, and I was able to make a bunch of them.”
On the defensive end, Nelson was a huge rebounding force, but Terrebonne highly commended the play of senior post Breigh Cheramie – a player she called an unsung hero in the win.
The Lady Tarpons senior locked horns with all-everything Lady Chiefs post player Trinity Griffin throughout the night, and helped keep her out of rhythm. South Lafourche eventually fouled Griffin out of the game in the fourth quarter.
Terrebonne said she also applauded posts Megan Danos and Kacey Rousse for taking turns of Griffin.
“We wanted to get under her skin and really aggravate her,” Terrebonne said. “And I think if anyone watched the game, they can see that we did exactly that. We mixed and matched and kept fresh ladies running at her, and I think it took its toll before the end of the game.”
In the second half, South Lafourche stretched its lead into the 20s for the first time, using a total-team effort in the third quarter put the game on ice.
A total of six Lady Tarpons scored in the 21-point third quarter, including five a piece from both Brinkey Callais and Bruce, four a piece from Cheramie and Nelson, two from Ramey Messer and one from Rousse.
South Lafourche extended its lead from 16 points at halftime to 55-33 after the third.
The fourth never got much closer, as a combination of Lady Tarpons reserves put the game on ice and punched the team’s ticket into the next round.
With the victory, the Lady Tarpons will move to the Sweet 16 where they will travel and take on No. 2 St. Michael on Monday night at 6 p.m.
St. Michael beat Grant 60-33 in the opening round on Thursday night.
Terrebonne said she knows it will be a challenge, but she thinks her team will be ready.
Nelson thinks so, too.
The Lady Tarpons fell in the second round of the playoffs two years in a row, and they desperately don’t want that feeling again this time around.
“We remember,” Nelson said with a smile when asked about last year’s postseason defeat. “We think we can better handle it this time around.”
For those looking to travel from the Bayou to Baton Rouge for Monday’s matchup, the school is located at 17521 Monitor Avenue in Baton Rouge.
Posted on Fri, February 19, 2016
by Gazette Sports Reports