Area girls basketball teams battle at Terrebonne jamboree

H.L. Bourgeois' Shannon Jones (left) dribbles past South Terrebonne's Monet Cox during Wednesday's jamboree game. (Photo by Christian Lovell/Correspondent)

GRAY — H.L. Bourgeois got out in front early and slowly pulled away in a 31-18 victory over South Terrebonne at the Terrebonne Parish Girls Basketball Jamboree on Wednesday.

The Lady Braves led from the start as the two teams combined to play two 10-minute exhibition periods in a tune-up before the start of the regular season.

Shannon Jones, H.L. Bourgeois' leading scorer, was quick to light up the scoreboard early on, and added a fast-break basket off a turnover late in the first period to give the Lady Braves a 15-9 lead. H.L. Bourgeois led, 17-10, at halftime.

From there, the Lady Braves slowly padded their lead, going ahead by as many as 14 in the second period.

"We made some mistakes on defense, not knowing who we were supposed to guard, and gave up some easy buckets or caused us to make a cheap foul," H.L. Bourgeois coach Tony Linn said. "Offensively, we need to get better, but we played hard for all 20 minutes and that's all you can ask. If we keep playing hard and keep practicing, we're only going to get better."

Jones had 21 points for H.L. Bourgeois, and Jessica Coleman had 10.

Linn said the goal of any jamboree was to find weaknesses to correct before the real season begins.

"I know what we're good at, it's just finding what we need to work on and get better at," he said. "We don't want anyone to get injured and we want everyone to have fun, because this is the last one that doesn't count."

Monet Cox had six points for South Terrebonne, and Kelsey Pellegrin had four points.

Lady Gators coach Charles Guillote said he was pleased with the energy he saw from his team, particularly early on.

"They've been practicing really hard," Guillote said. "I think they were just a little nervous (Wednesday). I saw a lot of bad, ill-advised passes. They came out with a lot of excitement, but were a little gun-shy."

If nothing else, the Lady Gators looked far more competitive in Wednesday's scrimmage than they have at times in recent years.

"We're a lot faster this year," Guillote said. "I saw a lot of fast breaks that didn't develop. I have a lot of young kids starting for me, so I've seen a lot of building, but I see a lot of wins this year, which is something we haven't seen at South Terrebonne in the past. We've had teams lose by 20 or 30 points, and I see games coming down to the fourth quarter this year."


At Gray, the Lady Patriots picked up the victory at the Terrebonne Parish Jamboree. Sage Scott had seven points for Ellender.

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

The Lady Patriots led, 11-4, at halftime.