H.L. Bourgeois tops Terrebonne in four games


H.L. Bourgeois' Tatyanna Russ (right) hits the ball over the net as Terrebonne's Kellie Scoby tries to block it during Tuesday's District 5-I volleyball match in Houma. H.L. Bourgeois won in four games, 25-16, 20-25, 25-16, 25-7. (Photo by Chris Heller/Staff)


H.L. Bourgeois senior volleyball player Shannon Jones is well known at the net.

She has the reputation as one of the area's fiercest hitters, delivery powerful kill after kill past opponents.

And while she collected her share of kills on Tuesday afternoon against Terrebonne, it was her prowess behind the service line in the fourth and deciding game that help bury the rival Lady Tigers in a 25-16, 20-25, 25-16, 25-7 District 5-I victory for the Lady Braves in Houma.

In that fourth game, Brown served up 11 straight points to help the Lady Braves win the match and improve to 21-6 overall and 5-0 in district. She served up points 12-22 for the Lady Braves in that game.

"When I got to the service line, I knew I had to do it for the team," Jones said. "It's very exciting."

Jones finished with 16 kills and five aces, and the Lady Braves also got nine kills from Tatyanna Russ, nine kills from Kiara Freeman, seven kills and three blocks from Raeven Scott, 38 assists from Rebekah Porche, seven digs from Brenna Copes, and two aces each from Chloe Ryder, Christen Broggie and Meghan Stevens.

Terrebonne fell to 10-15 overall and 3-2 in district.

"The rivalry continues," Lady Braves coach Peter Verret said. "We are very happy with our accomplishments thus far, but we're not done yet."

After the Lady Braves took Game 1, Terrebonne rallied to take the second game.

"We expected their intensity to be high, and I kind of think our nerves didn't show until that second game," Verret said. "We missed seven serves in that game and had four hitting errors, so that was 11 points right there. When you are playing in a rivalry match, no matter what the records are, you cannot give the momentum to the other team because they will find their best game."

But after Terrebonne took Game 2, the Lady Braves got out to a 10-1 lead in Game 3.

"I felt like our serve-reception was off in that second game, and we made a few adjustments," Verret said. "We started to pass the ball. We have the big attack, and we were able to utilize it. That's what we can do when we pass. Shannon served 12 serves in a row in that last game. We were prepared. We were ready."

Lady Tigers coach Craig Hamner said he was proud of his team's effort.

"We played well in spurts in the first game," Hamner said. "We made a great comeback in the third game, but we have to learn how to not give up the big runs to good teams. Not many people gave us a chance at winning a game. I thought we did well winning that second game. It gave us some confidence, but we made too many unforced errors, and Bourgeois capitalized on a lot of our mistakes. They turned it up, but we helped them a lot too. It was too late to make a comeback in that third game. The girls hustled and fought hard."

The Lady Braves and Jones owned Game 4.

"After the second game (loss), we knew we just had to pick it up and play it like the first game," Jones said. "Everybody came together as a team and we played like a family."

Terrebonne got 12 kills from Kellie Scoby, seven kills from Darian Dees, three aces each from Kasie Ordoyne (16 digs) and Randi Use, 18 assists from Jackie Daigle and eight digs from Brittney Gros.

CENTRAL LAFOURCHE DEF. L.W. HIGGINS

At Mathews, the Lady Trojans improved to 4-17 overall and 2-4 in District 5-I with the 27-29, 26-24, 25-19, 25-17 victory.

Sloane Robichaux (eight aces, 12 kills, nine digs, two assists, block), Sloane Ledet (10 aces, kill, 16 assists), Taylor Kimball (seven digs) and Darrian Owens (seven kills, two blocks) led the Lady Trojans.

THIBODAUX DEF. JOHN EHRET

At Marrero, the Lady Tigers improved to 8-17 overall and 4-1 in District 5-I with the 25-14, 25-8, 25-7 District 5-I victory.

Eris Stove (four kills), Kiarra Triggs (four kills), Sadie Daigle (five aces, six digs) and Chelsie Brown (10 assists) led the Lady Tigers.

SOUTH TERREBONNE DEF. ELLENDER

At Houma, the Lady Gators improved to 9-17 overall and 2-2 in District 6-II with the 26-24, 25-15, 25-20 victory.

Julia LeBlanc (16 kills, two blocks, two aces), Sarah LeBoeuf (nine kills, three aces, eight digs), Amber Authement (12 aces), Katelyn Blanchard (14 assists) and Taylor Dupre (six digs) led South Terrebonne.

Ellender fell to 11-15 and 1-2 in district.

E.D. WhITE CATHOLIC  DEF. FRANKLIN

At Franklin, the Lady Cardinals improved to 5-0 in District 5-III and 22-8 overall with a 25-1, 25-7, 25-12 win over Franklin.

Individual stats were not available.

BEAU CHENE DEF. COVENANT CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

At Arnaudville, the Lady Lions fell to 4-6 overall after the 24-26, 26-28, 25-6, 25-22, 15-12 loss. Kelsey Bourg (19 assists), Naomi Trujillo (10 aces) and Moriah Trujillo (nine kills) led the CCA.