Morris, Triggs win 3-point shooting contest
Sat. February 18, 2012 at 8:04 p.m. | By Keyon Jeff/Sports Correspondent
GRAY — Half of dozen local prep basketball players competed Saturday in the Louisiana High School Basketball Coaches Association 3-point shooting contest at H.L. Bourgeois.
Teren Morris of H.L. Bourgeois outdueled three other competitors win the boys division, while Vandebilt Catholic's Jewel Triggs defeated her lone challenger in the girls division.
The winners will represent the region comprised of Terrebonne, Lafourche, Assumption and St. Mary parishes in the state 3-point shooting contest at the LHSBCA All-Star Game on March 17 at Northwestern State in Natchitoches.
Triggs, a 15-year old freshman, scored 15 points by making 13-of-20 shots, including two "Moneyballs" worth two points each. Makayla McDaniel of Central Catholic of Morgan City earned nine points on 6-of-20 shooting, including three Moneyballs.
"It feels really good to win. I just came out to represent my team," Triggs said. "It was nice shooting against Makayla. We played together on AAU teams. I think we both did really well."
On the boys side, Morris, 16-year old junior, advanced to the final round with 11 points, along with Ellender's Steven Parfait who scored nine. Ellender's Jasi Barabin (six) and H.L. Bourgeois' Devontrey Stewart (five) were eliminated in the first round.
In the finals, Parfait got 10 points, while Morris was on fire. He scored 15 points, making 11-of-20 shots, including hitting 4-of-5 moneyballs in the round.
"Shooting in my home gym, I think I had the upper hand," Morris said. "It was hard getting into a rhythm at first. Once I found my touch, it was all over after that. I got the name ‘Green light' because I make 3's."
Despite how well Triggs and Morris shot in the competition, neither said they spent much time practicing their long-range shooting leading up to the event.
"I had practice every day (last) week, so I didn't get to practice," Triggs said. "I just came here early (Saturday) and got a little shooting in."
"They just told me I'll be participating (Friday)," Morris said. "I was like, ‘Okay. I got come with it.'"
This was the second consecutive year H.L. Bourgeois has hosted the LHSBCA competition.
H.L. Bourgeois athletic director and boys basketball coach Andrew Calliouet said he hopes to get more representation from the local high school area in the future.
"I'm happy for these kids who participated, but you wish, obviously, that it was bigger and better," he explained. "I'll do anything to try and help kids get exposure in our sport. It's an honor for us to host as a result of our local kids."