South Lafourche girls’ basketball coach Rainie Stevens knew her team had to play its best to survive a week with powerhouses Destrehan and Thibodaux on the schedule.
The Lady Tarpons played hard, fought tough, but ultimately couldn’t stay within striking distance of the two teams that will likely finish first and second in the Bayou District race.
South Lafourche struggled to control the tempo against both Destrehan and Thibodaux, falling 67-37 to the Lady Wildcats and 59-28 to the Lady Tigers – both games played at the Tarpons’ gym in Galliano.
The losses all-but assure the Lady Tarpons are out of the running for the Bayou District crown.
But with playoff implications still present in the back-half of the district season, Stevens said she is stressing to her team the importance of finishing the season strong.
“We are not down at all,” Stevens said. “We told the girls that from here on out, we need to play every game like it’s the last game of the season. Our team has heart and we will bounce back from this.”
An inability to control the tempo is what plagued the Lady Tarpons in their tough week.
Against Destrehan last Tuesday night, the Lady Wildcats used full court pressure and precision shooting to take a big lead and never look back.
Destrehan led by double digits at halftime and ballooned the lead out of reach in the third quarter.
Savannah LeBlanc led the Lady Tarpons in scoring with 13 points. Fallon Chiasson and Caroline Guilbeau each pitched in 10.
Three days later against Thibodaux, the script started the same, as the Lady Tigers rolled to a nine-point lead after the first quarter of play.
But South Lafourche showed fight and took the lead in the second quarter before seeing Thibodaux make a run of its own to re-take the lead at halftime.
But the Lady Tarpons couldn’t carry their momentum into the second half and were blasted by the Lady Tigers.
Thibodaux outscored South Lafourche by 24 points in the final 16 minutes of play – enough to make the fourth quarter a battle of the backups.
The Lady Tigers scored 18-straight points in a third quarter surge to put the game away for good.
Stevens credited both Thibodaux and Destrehan for taking South Lafourche out of its rhythm in the two games.
She said that in the future, the Lady Tarpons have to better control the tempo against quality foes.
“Going forward, all we can do is make teams play our game, and we need to control the tempo of the game,” Stevens said. “We need to play the way we are capable of playing.”
SL boys struggle, fall to Destrehan, Thibodaux
The story was just about the same for the Tarpons’ boys – tempo.
When South Lafourche played its pace, they had success against both Destrehan and Thibodaux – the opponents of the week.
But it didn’t happen as often as coach Bryan Callais would have liked, as the Tarpons fell 51-42 to Destrehan on Tuesday and 63-37 to Thibodaux on Friday night.
Against Destrehan, missed opportunities plagued South Lafourche.
The Tarpons pushed the game into the fourth quarter with the Wildcats holding a single digit lead.
But a combination of missed free throws, missed layups and costly turnovers plagued South Lafourche’s attempt at a rally.
The Tarpons had countless empty fourth quarter possessions in crunch time – opportunities that could have swung the game.
But at the end of the day, the Wildcats carried the lead into the final minutes, then grew it to the final margin with free throws and timely rebounding.
Against Thibodaux, the Tarpons looked prime to avenge that loss to Destrehan. South Lafourche controlled the clock and scoreboard in the first quarter en route to a 8-2 lead.
But in the second quarter, the Tigers found back and pounded South Lafourche 22-4 to give Thibodaux a lead they would never relinquish in victory.
Harvey led the Tarpons with 13 points in defeat.
The Tarpons and Lady Tarpons will play road tilts this week against Hahnville on Tuesday and East St. John on Friday.
Central boys win in sleet-altered week
The Central Lafourche boys stayed hot this week.
The only thing that could cool off their winning streak was a dose of hard luck from Mother Nature.
The Trojans pushed their district winning streak to three on Tuesday night, trouncing Terrebonne 73-47 in a home contest. Their scheduled Friday night game with Hahnville was moved to Monday night because of icy conditions in St. Charles Parish. The score for that game was unavailable at press-time.
Central didn’t waste time pouring it onto the Tigers, pounding Terrebone 24-6 in the first quarter to grab firm control of the game from the get-go.
After taking a 40-23 advantage into halftime, the Trojans further extended the lead to blowout status in the second half.
Quade Williams led the Trojans in the rout with 17 points.
But unfortunately for Central Lafourche, the boys’ win wasn’t part of a varsity sweep for the Trojans.
In the girl’s game between Terrebonne and Central Lafourche, the Lady Tigers and Lady Trojans battled until the final whistle.
But Terrebonne prevailed when the clock ticked to zero, scoring a 40-38 win.
The loss drops Central Lafourche to 0-7 in district play.
Posted on Tue, January 28, 2014