South Lafourche girls’ basketball coach Rainie Terrebonne just couldn’t hold her tongue any longer.
All season long, Terrebonne has heard community members, students and opposing fans unfavorably compare this year’s Lady Tarpons team to those of the immediate past star-studded teams that made deep playoff pushes, sent several players to college basketball and did things that have never been done before in school history.
But those players are gone and can no longer play and Terrebonne said it’s time more people appreciate the things this year’s team is doing, too, especially after a huge, hard-fought win on Friday night at the home gym of a Top 10 foe.
The Lady Tarpons beat Assumption 47-41 in that game, a second district victory over a Top 10 foe for a South Lafourche team that’s now 19-7 on the season at press-time on Tuesday morning.
Terrebonne conceded that this year’s team is youthful and sometimes that age shows. But to be ranked No. 6 in the state heading into the final week of the season is what Terrebonne believes is this year’s story, not how the 2018-19 team measures against any other.
“When people make those comparisons, it’s unfair to the kids,” Terrebonne said during her radio appearance on Monday night. “We may be young and we may do some things we didn’t do last year, but that’s because we aren’t last year’s team. But you know what? This year’s team has had the highest of highs and the lowest of lows and the kids keep working, keep competing and we have a lot of games left and a lot of fight left and we’re so proud to be where we are with this team.”
Friday night’s game was a testament to the blessings and curses of that youth.
South Lafourche led early, but allowed Assumption to go on a late-first-quarter run to seize momentum and an 11-10 lead.
In the second and third quarters, South Lafourche steadied itself and regained control with shot making from junior guard Makayla Bynum, stingy defense from Evan Duet and rim protection and paint presence from Abigail Bouzigard. South Lafourche led 23-16 at the half and 32-30 through three quarters.
The fourth quarter was a slugfest with both teams threatening victory. Assumption tied the game at 32-all early in the quarter, but a huge 3-pointer by Ava Pitre broke the tie and gave South Lafourche the lead for good. Ava’s shot making, combined with huge buckets from Sierra Lerille and dominant ball-protection offense allowed the Lady Tarpons to seal the win.
The Lady Tarpons played Morgan City on Tuesday. No score was available at press-time. They end the regular season on Friday at E.D. White.
The Tarpon boys play the same schedule this week, though they enter the game with a bitter taste in their mouths.
The Tarpons lost 81-55 against the Mustangs, falling to 10-13 on the season. Coach Brian Callais said South Lafourche’s inability to control tempo was the culprit in defeat.
“We didn’t play at the pace and the tempo we wanted,” Callais said. “In the first half, it was a close game late in the first half. Their pressure got to us a little bit before halftime, they got momentum, then we couldn’t slow them down. We played at their speed in the second half and they got in a rhythm and we couldn’t score enough to keep up.”
The Tarpons trailed 30-19 at halftime, 57-34 at the end of the third quarter and the fourth quarter allowed for reserves to play for both sides.
Callais said the Tarpons are working hard the final two weeks of the season on improvement whether the team makes the playoffs or not. They’re seeded outside of the Top 32 at press-time.
Trojans’ struggles continue
The difficult basketball season is winding to a close for the Central Lafourche boys’ and girls’ basketball teams.
The girls’ season will end this week with a game at Destrehan on Tuesday (no score available at press-time) and a road date on Friday to close out the year.
After a 6-0 start to the season, the Lady Trojans have struggled mightily, losing 10-straight games to open district, including a 59-43 game against H.L. Bourgeois on Friday night.
For the boys, the ride hasn’t been much smoother.
The Trojans have two weeks left on the season, currently sitting at 5-19 overall and 0-7 in district. The team’s latest defeat was a 65-53 setback against H.L. Bourgeois.
Posted on Tue, February 5, 2019
by Gazette Sports Reports