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Trojans roll in big week, Lady Tarpons have perfect week

Trojans roll in big week, Lady Tarpons have perfect week

Mark it down: The first full week of February was a statement week for the Central Lafourche boys’ basketball team. It was a week that the Trojans proved that they are a legitimate force in the Class 5A playoff picture.

After hovering around .500 for most of the season, Central Lafourche burst onto the scene this weekend with two huge victories – wins that moved the Trojans to 6-4 in district play.

Central Lafourche pounced East St. John 65-57 at home last Tuesday night – a win that snapped the Wildcats’ lengthy winning streak and handed them their first district loss.

Three nights later, the Trojans traveled down Bayou Lafourche and walloped South Lafourche 61-35, a win that completed the season sweep for Central Lafourche over their cross-parish rivals.

“It’s an awesome thing,” Trojan standout Josh Joseph said. “We’ve struggled for so long here. To have the support of the school and to have people excited about what we’re doing – it’s just a great feeling.”

It all started with the huge win against East St. John.

The Trojans and Wildcats started the game trading blows with the Wildcats holding a 27-26 halftime advantage in the competitive action.

But Central Lafourche took control in the second half and used a 10-2 run to power ahead – a lead the Trojans would never relinquish.

East St. John cut Central’s advantage to 52-51 late in the game. But Central Lafourche put the icing on the cake by making several clutch free throws to put the Wildcats in the loss column for the first time in district play.

East St. John beat Central Lafourche 62-57 on Jan. 10.

“We knew they weren’t unbeatable – no one is,” Joseph said. “We just played our game and finished it strong.”

Quade Williams scored 17 points in the win against East St. John. Joseph pitched in 16.

Three nights after beating mighty East St. John, the Trojans carried their momentum to Galliano to trump struggling South Lafourche.

Central Lafourche nearly led start-to-finish in the game, pouncing the Tarpons early and often en route to the easy win.

The Trojans led South Lafourche 21-8 after the first quarter – a lead that blossomed to 35-16 at halftime. Central Lafourche smothered the Tarpons with a full-court pressure defense that turned turnovers into quick and easy points.

Joseph scored 13 points in the win. Teammate Lionel Batiste scored 11.

The win stopped a little momentum for South Lafourche, who overcame a late deficit to score a 67-59 win at Terrebonne on Tuesday night.

Lady Tarpons have perfect week

While the Trojans’ boys’ team powered through a tough schedule, the South Lafourche ladies did the same, earning two-straight wins to muscle their way to 9-3 in district play.

It all started on Tuesday night for the Lady Tarpons – a 50-45 road win against Terrebonne.

The Lady Tarpons struggled to pull away from the shorthanded Lady Tigers throughout the game – a game that was much closer than the team’s first meeting of the season, which South Lafourche won 66-22.

But with the game on the line, the Lady Tarpons made plays to seal the game. Caroline Guilbeau led South Lafourche with 15 points, while Fallon Chiasson pitched in 14.

After a subpar showing against Terrebonne, South Lafourche rebounded and plastered Central Lafourche on Friday night – a 50-26 win. South Lafourche dominated the Lady Trojans throughout the game, leading 18-4 at the end of the first quarter – an advantage the Lady Tarpons never relinquished in the sound win.

South Lafourche held a 29-point advantage through three quarters before yielding to their bench in the fourth quarter to ice the win over a Lady Trojans team that also lost 44-18 to East St. John on Tuesday night.

Savannah LeBlanc led South Lafourche with 12 points against Central. Brinkley Callais added 10.

Coach Rainie Stevens said the victories were a positive step forward for the Lady Tarpons, who are chasing postseason play.

At press-time, South Lafourche is No. 30 in the most recent power ratings projections. With only 32 teams making the playoffs, the coach knows South Lafourche has to keep powering forward.