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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

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Tarpons boys’, girls’ enjoy winning weeks

Tarpons boys’, girls’ enjoy winning weeks

With a thin depth chart depleted with injury and other issues, the South Lafourche boys’ basketball team knows that it has to win games with effort, hustle and execution.

They did all three on last Tuesday night, upsetting Hahnville by 11 points – the team’s first district win of the season.

But they did none of the above three nights later, falling for a second time this season to East St. John.
The past week was a mixed bag for the Tarpon boys, who won 47-36 against Hahnville before falling 67-37 to the district-leading Wildcats at home last Friday.

South Lafourche coach Brian Callais said he’s not disappointed in the loss itself – touting that East St. John is a great team. But the coach said he is displeased in the approach his team took to the game.

“There was no effort,” Callais said. “We had no energy. It’s not that we lost – it’s how we played. I’m disappointed in the fact that we didn’t give our best effort tonight.”

Against the Wildcats, the outcome wasn’t in doubt for most of the game. East St. John stormed out of the gates, scoring the first seven points to grab hold of the lead. From there, they took a 13-4 lead into the second quarter – an advantaged that blossomed to 31-18 at halftime.

In the third quarter, South Lafourche held firm, bringing the game to the fourth quarter with East St. John ahead 47-33. But in the fourth, the Tarpons faltered and the Wildcats sprinted to victory. Kobe Chouest led South Lafourche with 11 points in the game.

In Tuesday night’s game, a slow finish wasn’t a factor for the Tarpons, who cruised past Hahnville. After a close first half, South Lafourche used a huge third quarter spurt to put the game away for good. Callais said he hopes to see more games like that from his team in the future.

“We can compete when we play hard and execute,” Callais said. “I’ve been proud of our effort a lot of this season, but on Friday night, we had no energy and were flat.”

While Callais and his boys aim to find a consistent motor, the Lady Tarpons continued their revenge tour this past week.

For the second-straight week, South Lafourche beat a team it had lost to earlier in district play, swamping East St. John 52-38 on Friday night. The victory avenges South Lafourche’s 50-48 overtime loss at the hands of the Lady Wildcats.

This second time around, it was never very close. The Lady Tarpons scored the first nine points of the game and consistently held a comfortable 15-20 point lead.

Junior guard Caroline Guilbeau led all scorers with 15 points in the while, which improved South Lafourche to 21-5 on the season. Freshman Traya Bruce added 11.

The Lady Tarpons’ blowout was the team’s second of the week. South Lafourche comfortably defeated Hahnville 46-21 last Tuesday night.

With the busy week, South Lafourche will now take its talents to the road. Both Tarpons teams hosted Terrebonne last night with no score available at press-time. They will both travel to Central Lafourche on Friday for more district action.