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Sunday, June 16, 2019

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Tarpons, Trojans endure tough weeks

Tarpons, Trojans endure tough weeks

The South Lafourche boys’ basketball team played beautiful basketball for two and a half quarters on Friday night at Terrebonne.

But another third quarter run prevented the team from getting its first district win of the season.

The Tarpons led 25-21 at halftime and made an early third quarter spurt to push their lead close to double digits. But toward the middle of the quarter, the Tigers were able to take control, using a 19-point third quarter to seize control and earn a 63-48 win.

The loss drops the South Lafourche boys to 0-2 in district. Last Tuesday, they were blown out by East St. John.

“I think we played some good ball tonight,” South Lafourche coach Brian Callais said. “I think in the end, we just ran out of gas. I could see in the locker room at halftime that we were just gassed. I told them to relax and use the 10 minutes to rest. In the second half, we were never able to recover. Give credit to Terrebonne. They got hot and made the plays they needed to win the game.”

For the Tarpons, it all started good at first. In the opening 16 minutes, South Lafourche ran its base offense to perfection early, using a litany of cuts and screens to get easy layups and an early 15-7 lead after the first quarter.

“We knew what they were going to do,” Terrebonne coach Derek Szush said. “But that’s the beauty of their offense – sometimes you can know and still not be able to defend it.”

In the second quarter, the Tarpons held firm, despite an increase in defensive pressure from the Tigers.

In the third and fourth quarters, Terrebonne complete took over, outscoring South Lafourche 42-23 over the final 16 minutes to secure the win.

Juniors Shak Dillon, Kobe Chouest and Trevor Rebstock led South Lafourche in scoring with Dillon leading the way with 18 and the other two pitching in 12 apiece.

Callais said he was proud of his team’s fight – even in defeat.

“We’re short-handed,” Callais said. “We’ve had injuries and a lot of things hurt our numbers. I was proud of how we competed. We never gave up, and I’m proud of that.”

While the South Lafourche boys fought hard and eventually succumbed to a Terrebonne run, the Lady Tarpons fought past the Lady Tigers on their home floor to earn a 49-28 win.

Just three nights after losing a heartbreaking road game in overtime to East St. John, South Lafourche looked sluggish early, shooting less than 20 percent from the floor in an ugly first quarter that saw the Lady Tarpons hold an 8-5 lead.

In the second and third quarters, South Lafourche still wasn’t an offensive juggernaut, but its defense limited the Lady Tigers to virtually nothing. That enabled the Lady Tarpons to take a 20-point lead midway through the third quarter.

Not wanting to be run out of their home gym, Terrebonne cut the lead to 12 at one point, but South Lafourche ballooned it right back to around 20 points – where it remained for the rest of the win.

Freshmen Traya Bruce and Victorianna Nelson were clutch for South Lafourche in the win, combining for 21 of the team’s 49 points. Junior guard Brinkley Callais added 11, as well.

The win makes South Lafourche 16-4 on the season and 2-2 in district.

Both the Tarpons’ boys and girls will take on H.L. Bourgeois at home on Friday. They both played Central Lafourche at home last night with no score available at press-time.

Trojans boys lose key game
Most prognosticators say that the District 7-5A boys’ basketball district race will be a two-team race between Central Lafourche and East St. John – the team squads heavily favored to compete for the district championship.

So far, it’s advantage East St. John.

The Wildcats earned a huge early-season district win on Friday night, beating Central 67-48 before a rowdy crowd in Mathews.

The win drops Central to 1-1 in district play. They used a huge comeback win to beat H.L. Bourgeois on opening night.

But most importantly, East St. John is now 2-0 with a heads-up road win over their most difficult foe.

“We came here to win a basketball game,” East St. John coach Yussef Jasmine said. “The crowd, the environment and everything had no factor. We came here to win a ballgame. We lost here last year, and our kids didn’t want that to happen again.”

The Wildcats controlled the flow from start-to-finish. The Wildcats roared to a double-digit lead in the first quarter and led 38-22 at halftime. Central Lafourche’s offense never looked in sync throughout the game because of cold shooting and turnover woes.

“We were flat from the beginning,” Central Lafourche coach Mark Sanders said. “We let them take the crowd out of it early, and they played with confidence all night.”

The loss drops Central Lafourche to 13-4 and 1-1 in district.

While the Trojans’ boys lost a tough one, Central’s girls’ continued to struggle.

The Lady Trojans fell 33-32 at H.L. Bourgeois last Tuesday night before being blown out 56-18 against East St. John on Friday.

The losses drop the Lady Trojans to 2-14 on the season and 0-4 in district.

Both Central’s boys and girls will be home on Friday night against Destrehan. Both also took on the Tarpons in Galliano last night with no score available at press-time.