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Lady Tarpons wrap up regular season

Lady Tarpons wrap up regular season

For the first three quarters of Thursday night’s district showdown between the South Lafourche girls’ basketball team and Destrehan, the sides were equal – the teams headed to the fourth quarter with the score tied at 40.

But in the fourth quarter, the Lady Tarpons made an array of youthful mistakes, which allowed the Lady

Wildcats to control the final eight minutes to secure a 63-49 win.

The loss ends South Lafourche’s regular season with a 24-6 record. The Lady Tarpons are a lock to be in the Class 5A State Playoffs, though their seed and opponent were not yet known at press-time.

The most recent projections have South Lafourche around the No. 14-16 seed, meaning that it’s likely the team will host its first playoff game – something coach Rainie Terrebonne said is a feat she’s proud of.

“Our season is something to really be proud of,” Terrebonne said. “We only have two seniors, so to me, we are a young team. With that, I think we have had a great season so far. The girls have really grown together as a team and have grown as individuals.”

For the Lady Tarpons, upsetting mighty Destrehan didn’t seem realistic early on. South Lafourche struggled out of the gates offensively, allowing the Lady Wildcats to secure a 14-7 lead. The advantage grew to double digits in the second quarter, as it looked like Destrehan would run away with an easy win midway through the second quarter.

But South Lafourche made a late second quarter run to go into halftime behind just 28-25. They continued that momentum into the third quarter to take the lead. South Lafourche led by 5 with just a few minutes to play in the third quarter – a run that had the homestanding crowd on the edges of their seats.

But the Lady Wildcats quieted the home fans, controlling the final 10 minutes of the game to take back the lead and establish firm control over the scoreboard to finish their unbeaten district season.

Freshman Victorianna Nelson had 14 points for South Lafourche in the defeat.

“We just didn’t execute well,” Terrebonne said. “We couldn’t hit shots that we normally make.”
While the South Lafourche girls put a bow on their 2014-15 regular season, the Tarpons’ boys were shorthanded in a 65-43 loss against Destrehan.

Already battered with injuries, the Tarpons sat out a few rotation players with nagging injuries, which allowed the Wildcats to wear down South Lafourche to control the game. The Wildcats led by 4 at the end of the first quarter, 13 at halftime and 16 at the end of the third quarter to pace the victory. Junior Trevor Rebstock led the Tarpons with 14 points, while Kobe Chouest pitched in 10.

South Lafourche will wrap up its regular season this coming week. The Tarpons played Thibodaux on Lundi Gras with no score available at press-time. They will travel to play Hahnville on Friday to close the season.