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Patriots take round one with Tarpons

Patriots take round one with Tarpons

Chalk up round one to the Ellender Patriots.

The Patriots and Lady Patriots both beat South Lafourche on Friday night in the tank – each earning impressive wins before a tough road crowd.

The Ellender boys won 63-49, while the girls won 67-38.


The South Lafourche girls knew it would have an uphill battle against Ellender on Friday night.

Without Victorianna Nelson, Taylor Toups, Abigail Gaspard or Kyzha Jackson, the Lady Tarpons will missing four of their top interior players – a luxury that’s hard to replace against the Patriots.

South Lafourche started well enough, using early offense from junior Traya Bruce and Ramey Messer to soar to an early nine-point lead.

But in the final two minutes of the opening quarter, Ellender surged, using a run to trim the Lady Tarpons lead. That surge continued into the second quarter where the Lady Patriots took control and took rolled to a 31-23 halftime lead.

“We had to settle in,” Lady Patriots coach Kenneth Dixon said. “We had to quit being heroes and do our team thing. Once we did, we played much better.”

In the second half, Ellender exploited its size advantage in a big way, using countless offensive rebounds to generate second-chance points.

Ellender lead 46-31 at the end of the third quarter, then didn’t relent, pounding the Lady Tarpons in the final quarter to make the game look lopsided.

Orieon James led the Lady Patriots with 18 points, while McKay pitched in 16.

Bruce had 20 points for South Lafourche, which will meet the Lady Patriots in a few weeks – the next time in East Houma.

Coach Rainie Terrebonne said at her radio appearance last week that her team isn’t making excuses about the injuries, but that the setbacks are an obvious hamper.

“It’s tough,” she said. “We have plenty girls capable of stepping up, but it’s tough, because we have some really talented players who are currently not out there.”


South Lafourche had the perfect game plan on Friday night against Ellender.

With DaVontavean Martin on a recruiting trip and a huge home crowd behind its back, the Tarpons planned to shade its defense onto Marquis Mosely and force the other Patriots to beat them.

It would have worked except for the fact that the Tarpons just couldn’t buy a basket on the other end.

The Patriots beat the Tarpons 63-49 on a night when South Lafourche had clean looks, but couldn’t capitalize.

The Tarpons missed several interior shots in the loss, which is the team’s first in district play.

Seth Borne led all scorers in the game with 17 points.

For the Tarpons, missed offensive opportunities was the story of the game.

They led 6-2 early, but couldn’t buy a bucket for the rest of the quarter, falling behind 11-8 after one.

In the second quarter, the Patriots settled in, rolling to a 26-17 halftime lead.

But in the third quarter, Ellender was in a bit of a lull, scoring just four points in the entire eight minutes of basketball.

But the Tarpons couldn’t take advantage, scoring just five points of their own to go into the fourth down 30-22.

In the fourth quarter, South Lafourche cut the lead to seven a couple times, but Ellender surged forward each time with a flurry of its own to seal the win.

Mosely had 14 points for the Patriots, while Kobe Hartman added 13.

The Tarpons and Lady Tarpons traveled to Assumption on Tuesday with no score available at press-time on Monday night.

Both teams will play South Terrebonne on the road on Friday.


After losing to H.L. Bourgeois a couple weeks ago, Central Lafourche knew its margin of error was small in its quest to win the District 7-5A title.

But it’s a little bigger now, thanks to a dominant performance on Friday night against one of the top teams in the area.

The Trojans beat Terrebonne 64-53 last weekend, earning a victory over one of the top teams in Louisiana in Class 5A.

Calvin Bentley led the Trojans with 17 points, while David Robinson had 14.

Sharp shooter Gage Griffin added 10 points off the bench, including key shots late in the game, which helped seal the win.

“This is a great win for us,” Trojans coach Mark Sanders said. “Terrebonne has all of the tools to win a state championship. To come in here and get a win in their gym is huge for us in the district race, and I think it also shows our guys how good we can be when we put together a full, 32-minute performance, which is something we have had a hard time doing this year.”

The Trojans led throughout the game, but were never fully in control.

They led 16-14 after the first quarter, then 30-25 at halftime. In the third quarter, Terrebonne battled back, using a surge to push the lead to just one – a 46-45 margin in favor of the Trojans.

But in the fourth quarter, Central Lafourche had the last run, breaking Terrebonne’s pressure and getting to the rim for easy looks or foul shots.

Robinson and Jamiree Williams fouled out of the game late for the Trojans, which meant Griffin had to step out of his bench role and into a position in Central Lafourche’s finishing five.

He thrived, making a couple baskets to power the offense through.

“His contributions were huge,” Sanders said. “He stepped up for us tonight and we needed it.”

The Trojans played East St. John on Tuesday with no score available at press-time.

The team has a district bye on Friday.


The Central Lafourche girls weren’t as lucky as the men.

The Lady Trojans fell 39-30 against Terrebonne on Friday night, remaining winless on the season in District 7-5A games.

The Lady Trojans trailed just 18-17 at halftime, but couldn’t generate offense in the second half.

Terrebonne went on a flurry in the third quarter, ballooning the lead to 30-21. From there, they put it away in the fourth with swarming defense and free throws.

Taylor Hodson led the Lady Trojans with 10 points.