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Slow basketball week sets up busy post-New Years slate

Slow basketball week sets up busy post-New Years slate

The prep basketball slate slowed down a tad this past week, as local schools observed the Christmas holiday. But as things pick back up heading into 2015, there’s a lot of hardwood action going around the South Lafourche and Central Lafourche high school boys’ and girls’ teams.

Let’s start with the Central Lafourche boys’ team – a squad looking to take home some hardware at the E.D. White Tournament.

A week after losing to Ellender in the championship of the Patriots’ Classic, Central Lafourche took the floor again on Saturday, walloping West St. John 81-60.

The Trojans led the game from start to finish, leading 10-6 through one and then 31-19 at halftime before blowing open the game in the second half.

Lionel Batiste and Tahj Charles led Central Lafourche in the win, combining for 28 points. Quade Williams pitched in 12 in the victory, which improved the Trojans to 10-3 on the young season.

With the win, the Trojans moved to a meeting with Teurlings Catholic on Monday night with no score available at press-time.

But Central Lafourche coach Mark Sanders said he thinks his team is coming around and is readying itself for district play, which begins next Tuesday (Jan. 6) when the Trojans travel to take on H.L. Bourgeois.

“We have work to do, but we’re making strides,” Sanders said. “We start off with two very difficult games, and there are no easy patches in our district, but we like where we’re positioned as a team.”

While the Trojans’ men are awaiting the beginnings of district play, the Central Lafourche girls’ have already gotten their first tastes of it – albeit a bitter one.
Central Lafourche fell 50-18 to Hahnville on Dec. 22 – dropping the Lady Trojans to 2-11 on the season and 0-1 in district play.

The Trojans were hopeful to change their fortune on Monday night when they traveled to take on Thibodaux. No score was available at press-time, but beating Thibodaux will be no easy feat, as the Lady Tigers are 8-5 on the season and are widely expected to be among the best teams in the area.

Tarpons’ men win two-straight

Santa Claus brought South Lafourche boys’ basketball coach Brian Callais exactly what he asked for this holiday season – an end to the Tarpons’ frustrating losing streak.

After losing six-straight games from Dec. 2-20, the Tarpons caught lightening in a bottle this week, trumping Morgan City 57-47 last Tuesday night before beating South Terrebonne 56-51 on Saturday afternoon to open the E.D. White Tournament with a bang.

Against Morgan City, the Tarpons overcame a slow start to trump a more-than game Tigers’ squad that entered play with an 8-4 record. Morgan City led by five early, using the 3-point line to position itself favorably against the home-standing Tarpons.

But out of halftime, the Tarpons made a few tweaks defensively – moves that shifted the momentum of the game in South Lafourche’s favor.

With the Tarpons leading 44-40 with just less than three minutes to go, South Lafourche closed on a big run to put the game away for good.

Seth Borne led the Tarpons with 20 points in the win. Kobe Chouest added 16.

In South Lafourche’s win against South Terrebonne at the E.D. White Tournament, it was Chouest who did most of the scoring.

In that game, South Lafourche started strong, rolling to an 18-point halftime lead over the Gators, who rallied in the second half to make the game close, before falling 56-51.

Anytime the Gators made a run, Chouest had an answer, scoring 30 points to lead the Tarpons, who improved to 5-6 on the season with the 2-0 week. The Tarpons played host E.D. White at the Thibodaux-based tournament on Monday night with no score available at press-time.

Tarpons’ coach Brian Callais’ team is young, but ripe for competition. The coach said earlier this season that he believes that his team has balance – something that is a must in the competitive Bayou District.

“We’re young, but we have a lot of guys who played a lot for us last year,” Callais said. “Everyone in our district is good, but by the time we get to that point, we want to be playing our best basketball too, and we’ll see what happens.”

The lone local prep basketball team that rested for the entire holiday was the South Lafourche girls’ squad, who sits at 14-3 after taking the week off from action.

They returned to the floor on Tuesday night with a district road tilt at Hahnville. No score was available at press-time.