Ellender rolls to 62-14 victory over Donaldsonville


Ellender's Taima Danos (42) moves the ball during Tuesday's game against Donaldsonville in Houma. (Photo by Chris Heller/Staff)


Donaldsonville scored the first four points, but Ellender scored the next 23, on its way to a 62-14 rout of the Lady Tigers Tuesday at the Bayou Invitational Tournament at Ellender.

The Lady Patriots face West St. John at noon today in the championship game.

After spotting Donaldsonville the first four points on two Laquincya Governor layups, Ellender's defense tightened up, and their offense opened up.

Freshman Sky Jasper (13 points) hit two in a row, and junior Amari Banks (16 points) followed with 3-pointer under the basket in what Donaldsonville coach Amy Blanchard called a "layup drill."

"(Donaldsonville) has one major player, she sort of keeps the team going," Ellender coach Kenneth Dixon said. "So immediately we wanted to shut her down, and that threw them off their game."

The carnage continued into the second quarter, in which Ellender outscored Donaldsonville 14-4. The Lady Tigers had no answer for the Ellender inside game, and no solution to the Ellender zone defense, leading to a 37-11 halftime score.

Whatever hopes Donaldsonville had for a second half comeback evaporated almost immediately, as the Lady Patriots forced seven consecutive turnovers and opened the quarter on a 10-0 run.

Donaldsonville would not score until 4:20 remained in the third quarter, when Patrice West, the major player Dixon referred to, hit a free throw. West would finish the game with three points.

"We were trying to explain to the team at halftime how to attack a zone, and they went out and did exactly the opposite of what they were supposed to do," Blanchard said. "I think we got a little confused. Then Ellender came out and jumped on us real fast, and it was pretty much a layup drill after that."

Dixon pulled his starters in the middle of the third quarter, but Ellender kept expanding their lead, ending the third quarter up 48-14. Ellender held the Lady Tigers to 3 points in the second half, and none in the fourth quarter.

Banks said she was surprised at how easy the win was.

"Actually when I saw them play (Monday), I was kind of worried cause they looked good," Banks said. "But we brought our "A" game (Tuesday), and they didn't."

Dixon said his team, which features only two seniors, is young, hungry and ready to move the next level, which for Ellender would mean getting past the first round of the playoffs, where the Lady Patriots have lost five years in a row.

"We haven't been physical enough," Dixon said. "Now we have a post presence, a couple of freshmen and a senior who post up real well, so we don't have to be so perimeter oriented. They're really smart, and they work really hard. The last five years, I've had seven or eight girls on the team, but now I have eleven, so we can do some five on five drills, and a lot of other things in practice that we just couldn't do before."

 

WEST ST. JOHN 65, TERREBONNE 61

At the Ellender tournament, the Lady Tigers dropped to 1-1 overall with the loss.

Roynisha James led Terrebonne with 17 points, Darian Dees and Raina Diggs scored 12 points and Waneka Robinson added 10 points.

Terrebonne will play Donaldsonville at 10:30 this morning.

 

VANDEBILT CATHOLIC 63, DESTREHAN 56 OT

At Dominican Tournament, Shakira Harding scored 23 points to lead Vandebilt Catholic to an overtime win over Destrehan on Tuesday.

The game ended in a regulation tied at 53, but the Lady Terriers (2-0) took control of the extra period outscoring Destrehan 10-3.

Cassidy Barrios and Jewel Triggs scored 14 points each for the Lady Terriers in the win.

 

NEW IBERIA 61, ASSUMPTION 46

At the Breaux Bridge tournament, the Lady Mustangs fell to 0-1 overall with the loss.

New Iberia led 10-6 after the first quarter, 26-21 at halftime and 44-34 at the end of the third quarter.

Tiah Larvadain had 15 points for Assumption, while Yasmin Jacobs and Kevreion Ward added 10 points each.