The South Lafourche girls’ basketball team had another big week.
If they can keep it going for two more games, they will be first place in the Bayou District standings.
The Lady Tarpons crushed Central Lafourche, 50-23, on Tuesday and edged by H.L. Bourgeois, 50-31, on Friday to keep their five-game district-winning streak intact.
South Lafourche hosted district rival Destrehan last night with a score unavailable at press-time. They will travel to play Thibodaux Friday – two games that will likely go a long way in deciding the team’s season, as the Lady Tarpons, Lady Wildcats and Lady Tigers are all in the top three in the Bayou District standings.
“We have been stressing to our team that we need to play our game against these two great teams this week,” South Lafourche girls’ basketball coach Rainie Stevens said. “We just need to stay focused and again play our game and play to the ability that we are capable of playing.”
Against the Lady Trojans, it was over as soon as it got started. South Lafourche jumped ahead 30-11 at halftime and stretched the lead to 28 before the fourth quarter. Every South Lafourche varsity player scored in the game, led by Caroline Guilbeau’s 12 points.
The loss was the first in a tough week for the Trojans, who traveled to Destrehan three days later and lost 61-3.
For South Lafourche, their Friday night game was a little better – a win against H.L. Bourgeois.
Against the Lady Braves, the Lady Tarpons started strong again, rolling to a 14-4 first quarter lead. But H.L. Bourgeois fought back and pushed South Lafourche, cutting that lead to four with a few minutes to play in the second quarter.
But the Lady Tarpons took back control to take an eight-point halftime lead. Once in the second half, they overcame a sloppy start to dominate the fourth quarter en route to the 19-point win.
Guilbeau scored 19 points against H.L. Bourgeois, while Savannah LeBlanc pitched in 11.
The Lady Tarpons are now 10-7 on the season and 5-1 in district play.
With its two losses, Central Lafourche is 7-13 overall and 0-6 in district.
Central scores big week on boys’ side, as Tarpons struggle
After a 0-2 start to district play, Central Lafourche boys’ basketball coach Mark Sanders said he wasn’t panicked because he knew that the Trojans had a talented team capable of winning games.
Sanders was right.
The Trojans rebounded from their opening week blunders to score a pair of wins – victories that thrust the team to 2-2 in district play.
The first victory was the most meaningful for the Trojans – it came against South Lafourche.
Central Lafourche blasted their rivals 74-50 before a wild and raucous crowd in Mathews.
The Trojans and Tarpons started even, splitting the opening quarter in a 13-all tie.
But after taking a seven-point lead at halftime, Central Lafourche exploded in the second half to put the game away for good.
Josh Joseph led all scorers with 18 points in the win. Sherman Robinson had 14 points in the Trojans’ win. Quindon Charles added 13.
For South Lafourche, Harvey Allen scored 15.
The win was special for the Trojans, because their senior class had never beaten the Tarpons prior to last Tuesday’s win.
“This was a great night,” Joseph said. “To be able to finally get them, it meant a lot for us. It was a great feeling.”
After beating South Lafourche, the Trojans found a bit of road magic, trumping Destrehan 42-36 in a game that was close throughout.
The Trojans led 19-16 at halftime and 29-20 going into the fourth quarter.
Once there, Central Lafourche withstood a tough rally to hold on and seal the victory.
While the Trojans built on their win against South Lafourche, the Tarpons went the other direction, dropping a 67-54 tilt with H.L. Bourgeois on Friday night.
The Tarpons controlled the opening half of play against the Braves, trailing just 17-15 going to halftime.
But in the second half, the tempo and score both shifted in H.L. Bourgeois’ favor, dropping the Tarpons to 1-3 in district play.
Harvey Allen led South Lafourche with 19 points in the game, while Kobe Chouest added 12.
Posted on Tue, January 21, 2014