Shooting dooms Ellender


Sky Jasper of Ellender Memorial High lays the ball up Wednesday against West St. John. (Photo by Chris Heller/Staff)


Ellender put together a bad shooting combination Wednesday in its Bayou Invitational Tournament championship game against West. St. John.

The Lady Patriots missed a lot close shots at the rim and all their heaves from behind the 3-point line.

West St. John took advantage of the poor effort for a 56-36 victory.

“We played a very good team, a state contender,” Ellender head coach Kenneth Dixon said. “I thought we could have done better on defense and rebounding and making some free throws.”

Taima Danos (10 points) and Sky Jasper (eight) led the Ellender attack. The trio of Jayln Gordon (22 points), Jajuan Nichols (15) and Mya Trench (14) spearheaded the Lady Rams win.

West St. John (3-0) started the game with an 8-1 lead. After buckets by Kara Scott and Jasper cut Ellender’s deficit to three, Nicholas hit consecutive jumpers to give the Lady Rams a 12-7 lead after the first quarter.

Ellender (1-1) crashed the board hard in the first quarter, getting numerous offensive rebounds. But they couldn’t translate those second-chance opportunities into points.

“I think we got a little intimidated, a little tired of missing those one-foot, two-foot put backs,” Dixon said. “Maybe it’s conditioning or my combination of players. I’m still trying to find out who to play.”

Up seven in the second quarter, West St. John went on an 8-0 run, including a basket plus the foul from Gordon to go up 28-13. The Lady Rams took a 28-15 lead into halftime.

“I think we played well all week. The overall team speed was good, and we played pretty good defense,” said West St. John head coach Lester Smith. “We made some adjustments because we were taking a lot of bad shots early in the game.”

West St. John was only 3-for-18 from beyond the arc, however, Ellender went 0-for-19 from three-point range.

Ellender also did not convert on their chances at the free throw line. They made 10-of-18 from the stripe, while West St. John hit 13-of-15.

“Their whole team shot the ball extremely well,” Dixon said. “I had to change my defense. I tried to come out in the triangle and two; I tried to do a little amoeba and that didn’t work. So I finally had to go man-to-man to slow them down.”

Down 40-24 after three quarters, Ellender began the final period with a 10-5 streak behind Danos baskets in the paint to get within 11 points. However, the Lady Rams went game on a 11-2 run to finish off the Lady Patriots.

For West St. John, who advanced to the Class 1A semifinals last season, winning the Bayou Invitational Tournament is the initial goal in their master plan.

“We went a long way in the playoffs last year, and we’re trying to get back this year,” Smith said. “Winning this championship is the first step in winning state championship.”

For Dixon, who starts two juniors and three freshmen in the lineup, he hoped his team saw what really good basketball players can do off the dribble and the way they played together.

“We have to get used to basketball as a contact sport and have guts enough to go in, lay it up and draw foul,” Dixon said. “We can’t live off jacking up threes. They’re so young they don’t think I know what I’m talking about. They don’t know I’ve been doing this for almost 40 years.”

 

SOUTH LAFOURCHE 46, MORGAN CITY 41 (BOYS)

At the Morgan City Tournament, the Tarpons improved to 3-0 overall and clinched the first-place tournament trophy with their win over host Morgan City on Wednesday.

South Lafourche led 17-9 at the end of the first quarter, 27-21 at halftime and 33-32 at the end of the third quarter.

Leaders for South Lafourche were Treavon Evans and Silas Griffin with 12 points each, and Shawn Cheramie and Wilbert Rhodes with 11 points each.

 

ELLENDER 60, TERREBONNE 59 (BOYS) OT

At the Morgan City Tournament, the Patriots won the third-place game over their nondistrict rival Terrebonne on Wednesday.

Terrebonne led 12-8 after the first quarter, 26-20 at halftime and 39-36 at the end of the third quarter. The Patriots tied the game at 55 at the end of regulation and edged Terrebonne out at the end.

Jaylen Coleman led Ellender (2-1 overall) with 18 points, while Cameron Parfait had 16 points and Leland Alexander notched 11 points.

DeShaun Diggs scored 25 points for Terrebonne (1-2).

 

H.L. BOURGEOIS 58, WOODLAWN 53 (BOYS)

At the Woodlawn tournament, the Braves used 19 points from Isaac Allridge and 18 points from Marlin Bonvillain to improve to 2-1 overall this season.

Woodlawn led 16-13 at the end of the first quarter, but H.L. Bourgeois bounced back for leads of 25-21 at halftime and 35-28 at the end of the third quarter.

 

EVANGEL CHRISTIAN 58, VANDEBILT CATHOLIC 48 (BOYS)

At St. Thomas Aquinas Tournament, Vandebilt got 25 points from Lionheart Leslie but it wasn’t enough to get by Evangel on Wednesday.

The Terriers (1-2) also got 13 points from Peyton Barrios and 11 points from Malcom Wolfe against the Eagles.

 

BRUSLY 41, THIBODAUX 31 (BOYS)

At White Castle Tournament, Thibodaux got 15 points from Trevon Cole, but it wasn’t enough to beat Brusly for third place on Wednesday.

The Tigers fall to 1-2 on the season.

 

ST.JAMES 54, ST. CHARLES CATHOLIC 36 (BOYS)

At Ascension Catholic Tournament, St. James finished as the tournament’s runner-up after getting a win over St. Charles on Wednesday.

One team pulled out of the tournament, so the winner was determined by points allowed. St. James didn’t lose at the tournament, but came in second in points allowed.

The Wildcats improved to 3-0 overall and had Andre Mitchell and Jared Wiggins named to the all-tournament team.

Brian Winchester led St. James with 15 points against the Comets, while Mitchell had 13 and Wiggins scored 12.

 

HELEN COX 38, VANDEBILT CATHOLIC 36 (GIRLS)

At Dominican Tournament, Vandebilt blew a fourth-quarter lead as Helen Cox rallied to get the win on Wednesday.

The Lady Cougars trailed 27-22 to start the fourth quarter only to outscore the Lady Terriers (2-1), 16-9 in the final period.

Cassidy Barrios led Vandebilt with 11 points, while Jewel Triggs scored eight. The Lady Terriers were without Shakira Harding who missed the game due to an injury.

 

SOUTH LAFOURCHE 34, HAHNVILLE 28 (GIRLS)

At Dominican Tournament, South Lafourche had nine players get into the scoring column in earning its first win of the season by beating Hahnville on Wednesday.

The Lady Tarpons (1-2) got 10 points from Savannah Leblanc and eight points from Maggie Plaisance in the win.