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Tarpons roll, while Trojans sputter

Tarpons roll, while Trojans sputter

The past week was pretty awesome for South Lafourche basketball. The Tarpons’ boys and girls teams both posted 2-0 records, each bettering themselves in the district standings with the successful week.

The Tarpons trumped Assumption last Tuesday 51-39 before earning a close, hard-fought win over South Terrebonne by a 63-57 count on Friday night. In victory, South Lafourche is now 3-2 through the first round of district play.

The Lady Tarpons also rolled, beating the Lady Mustangs 74-33 before trumping the Lady Gators 67-32. Those victories elevated the South Lafourche girls to 4-1 in 7-4A.
Tarps surge past pesky Gators
South Terrebonne just wouldn’t go away on Friday night against the Tarpons.

South Lafourche led 13-11 after the first quarter, then 20-13 at halftime over a Gators team, which entered with an 0-4 record in district play.

South Lafourche expanded that lead to double digits in the second half, but South Terrebonne wouldn’t relent, using a late third-quarter surge to trim the lead to 46-38 at the end of the third quarter.

In the final quarter, the Gators made things uncomfortable, trimming an 11-point lead to 1, thanks to a steady diet of pick and roll offense from Connor Brunet and Brandon Anderson.

But every time the Gators threatened, the one-two punch of Shak Dillon and Trevor Rebstock had an answer, securing the victory.

Dillon scored a career-high 33 points in the win, while Rebstock pitched in 11 for the Tarpons, which ended the first round of district play with a 3-2 mark.

The Tarpons opened the second round of district on Tuesday against Morgan City. They host Vandebilt on Thursday – a game that was scheduled to be played on Friday, but was moved because of the Golden Meadow Night Parade.
Lady Tarpons push past rivals
South Lafourche girls’ basketball coach Rainie Terrebonne wasn’t pleased with the 51 points her team allowed to

South Terrebonne on Jan. 12. So she made a defensive tweak in the team’s rematch on Friday night. And it worked.

The Lady Tarpons smothered South Terrebonne from start-to-finish, using balanced scoring to cruise to a 67-32 win.

Terrebonne said the change in strategy was huge to the success.

“We watched a lot of film and used a different defense,” Terrebonne said. “We felt like that was something that would help us out, and we did a great job executing the things we did.”

The Lady Tarpons got up big and never looked back, using a huge first half from Victorianna Nelson to surge out to a double-digit lead in the opening minutes.

Nelson had 19 points total for the game.

In the second half, South Terrebonne stayed fairly close early on before the Lady Tarpons iced it for good. Traya Bruce and Brinkley Callais each pitched in 16 points in the win, which keeps South Lafourche on pace in district – just one game behind Ellender with a Lundi Gras rematch looming.

“We have to keep focusing one game at a time and on the task ahead,” Terrebonne said. “We want to keep getting ready for the next Ellender game, but we have challenges before then that we have to be ready for.”
Trojans fall to Albany
Central Lafourche’s final non-district test of the season didn’t go as planned.

The Trojans made the long trip to Albany on Friday night to lock horns with the Class 3A foe.

Central led early, but never could put Albany away, which allowed the home-standing underdogs to trail by one with just a few seconds to remain.

After drawing a foul, Quincy Sykes made two free throws to secure the one-point win, and also the Trojans second loss of the week.

The Trojans also fell on Tuesday – a 51-47 loss to East St. John.

“Offensively, we just had a hard time getting rolling (this week),” Central Lafourche boys’ basketball coach Mark Sanders said. “Credit Albany. They played well. We just have to do a little more to find a way to close out those games.”

Nelton Allen and Lionel Batiste led the Trojans in scoring, combining for 30 points in the loss against Albany.

That offense, combined with timely defense, allowed Central to lead 31-26 at halftime. But Albany battled back and secured the win, which dropped the Trojans to 15-7 on the year.

Central Lafourche will take on Thibodaux on Friday night at home.

The girls will be in action, as well. They had a bye week on Friday, and did not play.