Lady Tigers push past St. James, 40-33


Terrebonne's Raina Diggs (1) drives toward the basket against St. James' Kelly Celestine (left) during Monday's game at Ellender High's Bayou Invitational Tournament in Houma. (Photo by Chris Heller/Staff)


Terrebonne controlled the boards, getting numerous second chances to finish drives and score points, and the Lady Tigers' strength in rebounding led them to a 40-33 victory over St. James at Ellender's Bayou Invitational Tournament Monday.

Terrebonne (1-0 overall) started the game by limiting the Lady Wildcats (0-1) to zero field goals in the first five minutes of the opening quarter en route to a 5-1 lead.

A layup from Raina Diggs pushed the Lady Tigers' lead to 10-3 late in the first quarter, and Terrebonne led, 10-6, after the opening period.

St. James played arguably its best basketball in the second quarter, holding Terrebonne to just five points in the period. The Lady Wildcats tied the game on a 3-point basket from Kelly Celestine with 5:36 to on the game clock, and St. James later used a 5-0 run to close the half to take a 19-15 lead into halftime.

Terrebonne's strong play in the second half, particularly the third quarter, is what helped shift the momentum in the Lady Tigers' direction.

Terrebonne began the second half with an 8-0 run capped by two free throws from Kendra Davis to pull ahead, 23-19. Shanique Washington hit a 3-pointer with 30 seconds to play in the quarter to cut the lead to 29-26, but Terrebonne answered on the other end when Ikeia Beauty grabbed a rebound and managed to get a shot off right before the buzzer, giving the Lady Tigers a 31-26 lead after three quarters.

A layup by Darian Dees pushed Terrebonne's lead to eight with 5:38 to play, and the Lady Tigers would cap their scoring moments later while building their largest lead of the night at 10, 40-30.

"We did get a lot of second and third opportunities," Terrebonne coach Gus Brown said. "On the offensive end, that means we missed a lot of easy layups. I haven't looked at it, but we had to have shot under 25 percent, so we definitely have to improve on that. It's a good thing we had the rebounds. If not for that, we probably would be in trouble."

Dees led Terrebonne with 12 points, Davis and Diggs had eight apiece, and Roynisha James had six points. For St. James, Celestine had 13 points and Washington added 10.

"We need a lot of work (on rebounding) because we're small and inexperienced," St. James coach Greg Wood said. "With that combination, we got hurt on the board (Monday). Defensively, we're looking pretty good and doing some good things there. We got into a little foul trouble in the second half and that hurt us. We lost two starters to fouls, and that didn't help toward the end. We also need to learn what to do when we're behind and how to handle things. We didn't do a good job coming from behind."

WEST ST. JOHN 68, H.L. BOURGEOIS 44 (GIRLS)

At the Ellender tournament, Shannon Jones led the Lady Braves (0-1) with 23 points. Jessica Coleman contributed with eight points.

DONALDSONVILLE 50, SOUTH TERREBONNE 45 (GIRLS)

At the Ellender tournament, the Lady Gators (0-1) came up just short at Ellender's Bayou Invitational Tournament. Blare Pellegrin led South Terrebonne with 14 points, and Bethany Clay had 12 points. Donaldsonville shot 80 percent at the free-throw line to South Terrebonne's 30 percent.

VANDEBILT CATHOLIC 55, DE LA SALLE 22 (GIRLS)

At the Dominican tournament, Shakira Harding scored 24 points to lead the Lady Terriers (1-0).

Also scoring in double figures for Vandebilt were Jewel Triggs (12), Cassidy Barrios (10) and Kaylyn Kitchen (10).

MT. CARMEL 61, SOUTH LAFOURCHE 21 (GIRLS)

At the Dominican tournament, the Lady Tarpons (0-1) got 13 points from Christa Molinaire in the loss.

ELLENDER 73, CENTERVILLE 52 (BOYS)

At the Morgan City tournament, Leland Alexander scored 24 points with 11 rebounds to help first-year Patriots coach Cornell Scott pick up his first win as coach.

After the score was tied at 17 in the first quarter, Ellender led 41-31 at halftime and 59-46 at the end of the third quarter.

Cameron Parfait had 16 points for Ellender, while Eric Welch added nine points and seven assists and Brandon Brinson grabbed 10 rebounds.

SOUTH LAFOURCHE 52, FRANKLIN 38 (BOYS)

At the Morgan City tournament, Treavon Evans and Shawn Cheramie each scored 15 points to lift the Tarpons to their first win of the season. South Lafourche trailed 12-11 after the first quarter, but rallied to take leads of 28-14 at halftime and 38-24 at the end of the third quarter.

TERREBONNE 53, JEANERETTE 47 (BOYS)

At the Morgan City tournament, DeShaun Diggs scored 24 points to help the Tigers move to 1-0 on the year. William Moses added nine points for the Tigers.

TARA 55, H.L. BOURGEOIS 52 (BOYS)

At the Woodlawn tournament, Tara overcame a 28-27 halftime deficit to post the win. Marlon Bonvillain led the Braves (0-1) with 21 points, and Ike Aldridge added 13.

THIBODAUX 65, ASSUMPTION 52 (BOYS)

At the White Castle tournament, the Tigers (1-0) raced out to a 26-16 halftime lead and never looked back.

Trevon Cole led the Tigers with 14 points, and Michael Muse had 15 for the Mustangs (0-1).

COVINGTON 62, VANDEBILT CATHOLIC 47 (BOYS)

At The Veritas Challenge, Lionheart Leslie scored 24 points for the Terriers (0-1), which held 28-22 at halftime lead.

ST. JAMES 53, PLAQUEMINE 43 (BOYS)

At the Louis Frey Classic, Jared Wiggins scored a game-high 14 points to lead the Wildcats (1-0) past the Green Devils.