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Tarpons, Trojans get key district wins

Tarpons, Trojans get key district wins

Thrilling things tend to happen on Friday the 13th.

The South Lafourche High School boys’ basketball team found that out first hand this past weekend in Morgan City.

The Tarpons and Tigers played a thriller on Friday night in St. Mary Parish – a back and forth contest that wasn’t decided until the final seconds.

The Tigers went up one late after a basket and a foul, sending the home crowd into a frenzy.

But on the free throw, Morgan City went over the back, sending junior Luke Chiasson to the line for two shots. He made them both, and the Tarpons never trailed again, earning a hard-fought, thrilling 46-43 victory over Morgan City.

With the win, the Tarpons improved to 7-10 on the season, but they’re now 1-0 in district play.

Coach Brian Callais said he loves the fight in his team.

“We left everything we had out on the court in the end of that game. That’s what I’m most proud of for our team,” Callais said on Monday night at the Tarpon basketball weekly radio show. “Our guys battled. We played so hard. It was a big win for us.”

The Tarpons trailed early on. Morgan City rolled to a 9-2 lead and was controlling tempo throughout the early portions of the game.

But a quick timeout by Callais changed the pace and moved the game in the Tarpons favor. South Lafourche ended the quarter on a 5-2 run, trailing 11-7 through eight minutes.

In the second quarter, they kept that going, using a giant surge to push ahead 26-19 at halftime – a surge sparked by several 3-pointers from Matt Bellanger.

“He shot the ball with confidence,” Callais said. “He was huge for us.”

In the fourth quarter, both teams gave it everything they had – one of the most physical, highly contested quarters of the season.

After Chiasson’s free throws put South Lafourche up 44-43, the Tarpons got a defensive stop, which put the ball in Chiasson’s hands again.

The Tigers intentionally fouled him, and the junior again calmly made two foul shots to seal the three-point win, which earned the Tarpons valuable power points in the playoff chase.

South Lafourche took on Vandebilt Tuesday. No score was available at press-time on Monday night. They will be home against Ellender on Friday.


Lady Tarpons roll over Morgan City

The South Lafourche girls’ didn’t have a repeat of 2016 against Morgan City. Last year when South Lafourche traveled to Morgan City, the game was eerily close, and the Lady Tarpons had to rally to victory in the final seconds of the game.

But this time, South Lafourche left no doubt, rolling to a 60-37 victory to improve to 21-2 on the season.

“We talked about last year’s game at practice, and we wanted to set the tempo early and play Lady Tarpons basketball,” South Lafourche girls’ basketball coach Rainie Terrebonne said. “I think it was a good performance for our team.”

The Lady Tarpons set the tone from the opening tip, using tough defense to stymie the Lady Tigers. With possession, junior guard Traya Bruce took over, scoring 24 points in the win.

Kyzha Jackson also pitched in 10 points for South Lafourche, which improved to 3-0 in district play.


Trojans roll in hard-fought contest

It wasn’t always pretty. Heck, sometimes, it was downright ugly. But the Central Lafourche boys’ basketball team found a way to gut out a win last Friday against Destrehan.

The Trojans beat the Wildcats 48-38, using timely defense and efficient interior offense to secure the win.

In victory, the Trojans improved to 14-5 on the season and 2-1 in District 7-5A play.

Coach Mark Sanders said the victory was one of the team’s best this season.

“We made some mistakes, but we found a way late in the game to get it to go our way,” Sanders said. “In our district, every, single game is a challenge and a battle and tonight was just another one of those many nights.”

Friday night’s game was a gritty, physical nail biter. The Trojans won all four quarters, leading 12-11 after the first quarter and then 25-22 at halftime, but they were never able to pull away, because of the tough Destrehan squad.

In the second half, the Wildcats made runs at the Trojans, but Central Lafourche always answered, thanks largely to 20 points from David Robinson and 10 a piece from Kenneth Poindexter and Nelton Allen.

With the win, the Trojans remain in prime position in the race for a District Title. The team’s only loss came two weeks ago against H.L. Bourgeois, who is still undefeated in district play.


Lady Trojans fall to state power

The Central Lafourche girls’ basketball team played one of the best teams in Louisiana, if not in the country on Friday night – a home date with Destrehan.

The Lady Trojans struggled to keep the pace throughout the game, falling 79-8 against the powerful foe, which improved to 22-0 on the season.

With the loss, Central Lafourche is now 5-19 on the season and 0-5 in district play.

They will travel to play at Terrebonne on Friday night.