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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

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Tarpons trump Vandebilt to get redemption

Tarpons trump Vandebilt to get redemption

A total school effort led South Lafourche past the Vandebilt Catholic boys on Thursday night in Galliano. The Tarpons beat the Terriers 54-47 on the floor, riding solid defense and timely scoring to improve to 11-12 on the season.

But after the game, coach Brian Callais said it was a total community win, thanks to a slam-packed student section that made tons of noise throughout the night to disrupt Vandebilt.

“Our students were awesome,” Callais said. “They were loud, and they supported us throughout the night.

They’re the best. They made it a fun, wild environment – a great place for high school basketball games to be played.”

It was a huge third quarter that sealed the deal for the Tarps.

South Lafourche led 24-21 at halftime – an opening 24 minutes that was back and forth with neither team ever gaining an advantage over the other.

But in the third, South Lafourche took complete control, using smothering defense to surge ahead by 12 points going into the fourth – a 41-29 advantage.

In the fourth, South Lafourche kept its lead firm initially, but Vandebilt made a surge in the final three minutes, cutting the deficit to as little as five at one time.

But clutch baskets from Shak Dillon and Trevor Rebstock sealed the win for the Tarpons, who improved to 5-2 in the victory.

Callais said Dillon and Rebstock were huge. They led the team in scoring and had the lion’s share of the Tarpons’ points. But the coach also lauded the efforts of contributors like John Rogers, Nikali Lombas, Thomas Rousse, Jaydon Cheramie and Matt Bellanger – all of whom he said contributed to a total team win.

“We got great effort from everyone on the team,” Callais said. “There’s no way I could be any more proud of the kids for how they played.”

The Tarpons played Ellender on Lundi Gras with no score available at press-time.

They travel to take on Assumption on Friday night.
Lady Tarpons roaring towards playoffs

The South Lafourche girls’ basketball team didn’t need much time to show that last Tuesday’s sluggish performance against Morgan City was an aberration.

Before the boys’ win, the Lady Tarpons picked apart Vandebilt 68-18, dominating the game from start-to-finish in a blowout win.

Traya Bruce scored 29 points and made five 3-pointers to pace a South Lafourche team, which led 28-4 after the first quarter and then 42-11 at halftime.

South Lafourche didn’t let up, owning a 58-13 advantage after the third quarter, before settling the game to its final margin.

With the win, the Lady Tarpons improved to 23-6, which set up a District Championship showdown with Ellender on Monday. No score was available at press-time.

If the Lady Tarpons win that game, they will play the Lady Patriots again in a one-game playoff to decide the title.
Trojans get much-needed win

When Central Lafourche and Thibodaux get together, all bets are usually off. But last Friday night, it was the Trojans who took care of business and trumped their cross-town, in-parish rivals.

Central Lafourche beat the Tigers 63-51, controlling the scoreboard throughout to keep Thibodaux out of the winner’s circle.’

Trojans coach Mark Sanders said he was proud of his team’s effort and non-stop aggression.

“We’ve won a bunch of games, yes, but we’ve also lost a bunch that we had the lead,” Sanders said. “So I challenged the kids to focus and play a full 32 minutes. They did that, and I think it was a solid showing for us.”

Central may have led for most of the game, but it surely wasn’t easy. The Trojans led 17-12 after the first quarter and then 32-27 at halftime over the Tigers, who are battling for a playoff spot in Class 5A.

In the third quarter, Thibodaux played its best, butting the Central Lafourche lead to just 45-42. But right when Thibodaux got its peak, the Trojans turned it on.

Central Lafourche played some of its best defense of the season in the fourth quarter, limiting the Tigers to practically nothing offensively.

With stops flowing freely, the Trojans got into the bonus and made enough free throws to put the game away for good.

Senior Quindon Charles led the Trojans with 24 points in the win.

The Trojans will take on Destrehan at home tonight and will travel to play Hahnville on Friday.
Lady Trojans near end of tough season

While the Trojans’ boys enjoyed a win, the Lady Trojans fell 60-31 to a tough, physical Thibodaux squad.

The Lady Tigers beat Central’s girls throughout, owning an 11-4 lead after one, a 23-14 halftime edge and then a 43-24 advantage after three quarters.

Jessica Loupe scored eight points for Central, which drops to 1-26 on the season.