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Sunday, June 16, 2019

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Lady Tarpons use defense to roar

Lady Tarpons use defense to roar

The South Lafourche girls’ basketball’s team defense has been pretty solid throughout the season. In the past week, it was maybe as good as it has ever been.

The Lady Tarpons steamrolled past Central Lafourche last Tuesday night before thumping H.L. Bourgeois by 28 on Friday – a 54-26 win.

In the two games this past week, South Lafourche allowed just 40 points combined, and in Friday’s win over the Lady Braves, all nine varsity players scored.

“Our defense has been a strong suit for us pretty much all season,” South Lafourche girls’ basketball coach Rainie Terrebonne said earlier this season. “I think that we do a good job playing defense as a team and challenging the other team to take bad shots. When we get the rebound, we’re able to push the ball down the floor and turn our defense into offense.”

Against the Lady Braves, the scoreboard got ugly early. The Lady Tarpons led 14-7 after the first quarter. But the game exploded out of control in the second and third quarters, as South Lafourche surrendered just seven points combined in those 16 minutes of action to take a 40-14 lead into the fourth quarter.

In the final eight minutes, Terrebonne played her bench with the game on ice.

Freshman Traya Bruce led the Lady Tarpons with 12 points. Freshman Victorianna Nelson pitched in 11. The wins improved South Lafourche to 18-4 and 4-2 in District 7-5A.

The Lady Tarpons’ next mission will be redemption.

South Lafourche played district powerhouse Destrehan last Tuesday night and will take on Thibodaux on Friday – both games on the road.

The Lady Tarpons lost twice to both teams last season. They also lost a heartbreaking one-point game to Thibodaux earlier this season to start district play.

While the South Lafourche girls look for revenge, the Tarpons’ boys are doing their best to play the hand they’ve been dealt.

Depleted by injuries, South Lafourche played H.L. Bourgeois to the limit on Friday night, falling to the Braves 58-51. Just three nights earlier, they did the same to Central Lafourche, battling the powerful Trojans for the full 32 minutes.