St. James runs by EDW in first round of girls playoffs


ST. JAMES — The E.D. White Catholic girls basketball team did its best to stay close with St. James in Class 3A first round action on Monday night, but a blistering third quarter by the Lady Wildcats proved too much for the Lady Cardinals.

St. James hit four 3-pointers in the third quarter and added 11 second-half free throws to take a 72-46 victory over its District 7-3A rival.

The No. 3 Lady Wildcats (25-5), the defending Class 3A champs, led 11-6 after the first quarter and 30-17 at halftime but turned it on in the third quarter, hitting from the outside and getting up and down the floor.

"We have not played in over a week, and sometimes it takes a little while to get going," St. James coach Greg Wood said. "Once we started hitting some outside shots and got into our full-court game, we got into a rhythm. I think we wore them out in the third quarter."

St. James, which will host Rayville on Thursday night in the second round, ended the third quarter ahead 53-29.

St. James topped No. 30 E.D. White 54-37 and 45-30 in the two regular-season meetings.

"Out of the three times we played them (this season), this was their best shooting effort," E.D. White coach Darin Fontz said. "We mixed in some man-to-man and some zone (defense), but they are really hard to defend when they shoot as well as they did. Once they got their momentum going, it was hard for us to stop them. Our kids battled hard, and we had a great season. St. James is a great team, and they deserve a lot of credit."

St. James got 21 points from Shakira Braxton, 18 points from Dasha Adams and 11 points from Korielle Tucker, while E.D. White got 17 points from Jordan Gros and 12 points from Paige Morvant.

 

CLASS 5A PLAYOFFS

FIRST ROUND

NO. 12 SULPHUR 54,

NO. 21 TERREBONNE 33 (GIRLS)

At Sulphur, the Lady Tigers ended their season at 21-8, while Sulphur improved to 24-7 and advanced to the second round.

Terrebonne led 13-12 after the first quarter but trailed 29-19 at halftime and 42-28 at the end of the third quarter.

Waneka Robinson led Terrebonne with nine points, and Darian Dees added eight.

 

FIRST ROUND

NO. 6 WESTGATE 74,

NO. 27 H.L. BOURGEOIS 70 (BOYS)

At New Iberia, the Braves had an open shot from 6 feet down two points with 10 seconds left but missed and their season ends at 16-15 after falling to their District 7-5A rival.

"It was a heck of a game, an outstanding game," H.L. Bourgeois coach Andrew Caillouet said. "It's a shame someone had to lose."

The Braves led 26-17 after the first quarter, and Westgate led 41-33 at halftime and 55-49 at the end of the third quarter.

Deonta Ward led H.L. Bourgeois with 20 points, followed by Tyrone Amacker with 17 points and Isaac Allridge with 12 points. D'Nerious Antoine led the Tigers (25-4) with 19 points, and Brandon Malveaux had 18 points.