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Lady Tarpons score redemption

Lady Tarpons score redemption

The South Lafourche girls’ basketball team got its revenge. A little more than a month after Thibodaux defeated the Lady Tarpons 44-43 in Galliano, South Lafourche paid back its cross-parish rival, defeating Thibodaux 39-30 on Friday night.

The win was arguably the biggest of the season for the Lady Tarpons, who are now 19-5 on the season and 5-3 in league play.

“It was a huge win on the road for our girls,” South Lafourche girls’ basketball coach Rainie Terrebonne said. “It shows (our girls) that they are growing as a team and can get the job done. In the locker room before the game, they said they weren’t leaving the court without a win. We went out there and got the job done.”

For South Lafourche, containing dynamite Thibodaux standout senior guard Jewel Triggs was a big factor in the win.

Terrebonne said South Lafourche playing a box defense on Triggs in an effort to keep her out of rhythm. The defense worked. The McDonald’s All-American guard had 12 points in the game, but had to work very hard for each point against the swarming defense trying to keep her out of rhythm.

With Triggs in check, South Lafourche stormed out of the gates and took a 10-0 first quarter lead. Thibodaux fought a spark late in the quarter to push the score to 12-8 heading into the second quarter. In that eight-minute period, the two teams shared the same amount of points – South Lafourche enjoying a 21-17 halftime lead.

Out of the lockers, the Lady Tigers made a surge – taking their first lead midway into the quarter. But a South Lafourche surge in the final 10 minutes of the game earned the hard-fought road win.

Freshmen Traya Bruce and Victorianna Nelson led the Lady Tarpons with 23 combined points in the win.

But Terrebonne also lauded the efforts of the team’s other contributing players in being victorious.

“Traya and Vic are great team players,” Terrebonne said. “Mixing them in with the rest of our team just makes us better. Having post girls like Vic, Tristan (Plaisance) and Breigh (Cheramie) help us big time to be a dual threat team for Caroline (Guilbeau), Brinkley (Callais), Macie (Camardelle) and Traya to hit shots from the outside.”

With the win, the Lady Tarpons will have another shot at revenge. South Lafourche hosted Hahnville last night at press-time and will host East St. John on Friday. The Lady Wildcats beat South Lafourche 50-48 in overtime on Jan. 6.

Terrebonne said the Lady Tarpons look forward to another chance to strike revenge on a district foe. She said South Lafourche also is eager to get another shot at powerful Destrehan – the 17-2 foe the Lady Tarpons fell to by seven points last Tuesday.

“We are ready to play both of those teams again,” Terrebonne said. “We will make adjustments where needed and play hard in both of those games.”

While the Lady Tarpons’ girls enjoyed a big-time win against Thibodaux, Friday night’s boys’ game wasn’t quite as pleasant for fans wearing blue.

Thibodaux defeated South Lafourche 67-28, outlasting the Tarpons with a pressure defense designed to take advantage of the injuries that have ravished South Lafourche’s guards.

The second quarter is where it all went south for the Tarpons. Thibodaux led 15-7 after the first eight minutes – leaving the Tarpons with a manageable deficit to try and thaw away.

But in the second, Thibodaux’s press exploded, putting the game away for good. The Tigers outscored South Lafourche 23-5 in the second frame, opening up an advantage that exploded to 61-17 heading into the fourth quarter. South Lafourche fought until the finish, despite the outcome having been decided. The Tarpons enjoyed a 10-0 run to open the quarter and played tough until the end.

With the loss, South Lafourche moved to a home-heavy week. The Tarpons hosted Hahnville on Tuesday and will host East St. John on Friday.