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Lady Tarpons to host Abbeville in playoff opener

Lady Tarpons to host Abbeville in playoff opener

The South Lafourche girls’ basketball team finally knows the team it will face first in the Class 4A State Playoffs.

The Lady Tarpons earned the No. 4 seed in Class 4A – an honor that could keep the team home for three-straight playoff games if the rest of the bracket lines up according to form.

In Round 1, South Lafourche will match up with No. 29 Abbeville – a 13-win team out of District 5-4A, which is in the Lafayette area

The first round game will be played on Thursday night at South Lafourche High School’s gym. Opening tip will be at 6:30 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN-New Orleans (100.3 FM) and KLEB-AM (1600 AM).

Tarpons girls’ basketball coach Rainie Terrebonne said the team’s focus throughout the past week has been on self-improvement and making sure the team is playing its best basketball in the postseason.

South Lafourche ended its season last Tuesday against Ellender. They will have had nine days off before battling Abbeville.

“We’ve worked on fixing ourselves – polishing up some things that we know we have to do well to get where we want to go,” Terrebonne said. “We will scout and we will be ready, but there are always things that we can do to get better – even if we aren’t certain on our opponent.”

The Lady Tarpons will enter the playoffs about as healthy as they’ve been since district play.

Terrebonne said the team will be “as healthy as we can be” in the playoffs. South Lafourche knows it’s without Victorianna Nelson and Abigail Gaspard for the rest of the season – both gone with knee injuries.

But South Lafourche has seen a slew of other injured players return in recent weeks, including Kacey Rousse, Kyzha Jackson and others who missed time with various ailments.

“It’s good to have them all back,” Terrebonne said.

Against Abbeville, the Lady Tarpons will be taking on a team that enters the postseason with a 3-2 record in its last five games.

If successful in round one, South Lafourche would play the winner between LaGrange and West Ouachita. If LaGrange wins the game, the meeting with the Lady Tarpons would be in Galliano. If West Ouachita wins, the Lady Tarpons are traveling to North Louisiana.

“We worked all season to get to this point, and now we want to make our goals a reality,” Terrebonne said. “The girls want to make it past the second round, because that’s the one thing we’ve not been able to get done. But we don’t want to settle for that. We want to accomplish that, then go beyond it. We think if we do the things we’re capable of, we can get it done.”

Trojans rolling toward playoffs

The South Lafourche girls’ basketball team is barreling toward the playoffs.

The Central Lafourche boys’ basketball team isn’t too far behind.

The Trojans pummeled Hahnville 60-49 on Friday night, using efficient offense and tough, stingy defense to spark the win.

In victory, Central Lafourche improved to 19-7 on the season – a lock for the Class 5A State Playoffs, which will begin next week.

Coach Mark Sanders said the Trojans can do damage in the big games if the team stays willing to defend.

“Everything for us starts with our defense,” Sanders said. “When we’re working hard on that end of the floor, we’re usually also playing with confidence on the other end of the floor, too. When we commit ourselves to 32 minutes, we can be pretty good.”

On Friday, the Trojans did that.

The Trojans swarmed Hahnville defensively, limiting the Tigers to just one shot per possession.

With the basketball, Central Lafourche worked the ball around and carved up the Tigers defense to take an early lead – an advantage they’d never relinquish.

Three Trojans scored double figures in the win, led by Jamiree Williams, who had 18. Calvin Bently pitched in 15, while Nelton Allen had 13.

The Trojans returned to the floor last night against Terrebonne. No score was available on Tuesday morning at press-time.

Central will finish its regular season against East St. John on Friday, before moving to the playoffs.

Tarpons wrap up season

The South Lafourche boys’ basketball team needed to win on Friday to have a shot at the Class 4A State Playoffs.

And it started off good. The Tarpons led 12-4 over Assumption, and all signs pointed to a South Lafourche victory.

But then senior guard Seth Borne went down, and things changed.

Assumption beat the Tarpons 77-53, using Borne’s injury to their advantage to overcome the deficit, then build a big lead of their own.

With the loss, the Tarpons are all-but eliminated from the playoff contention, barring a drastic change in power rankings numbers in the final game of the season.

The Tarpons took on South Terrebonne on Tuesday with no score available at press-time.