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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

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Trojans take over first place

Trojans take over first place

The Central Lafourche boys’ basketball team got an early Valentine’s Day gift on Friday night: complete control over the Bayou District Championship race.

The Trojans beat Terrebonne 64-57 on Friday, improving the team’s record to 22-5 on the season. But just as important as the win was what happened about 35 miles down the road in Reserve as Thibodaux beat East St. John 66-57 – a result that puts the Trojans in first place by one full game in the district standings heading into the final week of the basketball season.

If Central Lafourche beats both Hahnville and Thibodaux this coming week, the Trojans will be district champions. Central Lafourche plays Hahnville on Wednesday. They’ll travel to take on Thibodaux on Friday to close the season.

“We’re playing good basketball right now,” Trojans coach Mark Sanders said. “To be at this point in the season with all of our goals still in front of us is exactly where any team would want to be.”

Friday night’s win was a dogfight. The Trojans led Terrebonne 20-19 at halftime in a tough, physical game that saw both teams have positive moments.

But out of the lockers, Central took control, using balanced scoring to roar to a double-digit lead. Quade Williams led the Trojans with 14 points in the win, while Nelton Allen pitched in 12.

Terrebonne fought back in the fourth quarter, but could never regain the lead, as the Trojans maintained a comfortable advantage to secure the win – their fourth-straight in the district stretch.

“We have a big week coming up,” Sanders said. “So we want to enjoy this one tonight, but then get ready to keep going. Our work isn’t done just yet.”

While the Trojans’ boys continued their playoff push, Central’s girls’ wrapped up their season on Friday night. The Lady Trojans fell to Terrebonne 53-36, ending the team’s season with a 2-24 record. Trudy Adams led the Trojans with 10 points in the season-ending game.