Huge third quarter lifts Thibodaux past Karr, 53-13
Tue. December 04, 2012 at 10:36 a.m. | By Kyle Carrier/Sports Correspondent
Elise Plaisance may have led the Thibodaux Lady Tigers in the stat sheet with 10 points on Monday night, but it certainly wasn't the biggest, or most impressive, number of the night.
That honor would go to 21, as in a 21-0 third quarter that propelled the Lady Tigers to the decisive 53-13 win over the Karr Lady Cougars in non-district girl's basketball action in Thibodaux.
"We talk about not letting up all the time," Thibodaux coach Damon Robinson said. "We want to pay hard from start to finish and keep the pressure on the other team.
"In the past, this team would have gotten complacent and we would be happy with just doing OK, but now we are playing to win. And it is showing on the court," he added.
Thibodaux (3-2 overall) opened the game on a 7-0 run following a bucket and free throw by Shea Walter before Karr pulled with two, 7-5, following a slew of missed opportunities by the Lady Tigers.
Zharian Maxmillion (nine points) led the Lady Cougars rally with three of her team's points before Thibodaux closed out the first quarter on a 4-0 run to take the 11-5 lead into the second quarter.
The Lady Tigers found themselves looking for that spark to ignite the team, and they got one from Plaisance. She scored all of her team'd points in the second quarter, to help spark a 12-6 Lady Tiger run to give Thibodaux the 23-11 halftime lead.
Robinson credited his team's rebounding as a large part of its success in the second and third quarters.
"When you can rebound as well as we did, it's going to make a difference like it did (Monday night)," Robinson said. "We knew (Karr) had some injuries at guard, and we took advantage of that."
Four third quarter points from Joycelyn Daggs, Miante Guidry and Eris Stove sparked the monstrous Lady Tiger third quarter.
The 44-11 advantage entering the final eight minutes sealed the game for Thibodaux.
Karr added only two points, both on fourth quarter free throws by Maxmillion, in the second half.
Thibodaux closed the game out by out-scoring the Lady Cougars 9-2 in the final quarter.
Even in the win, Robinson said there is still work to be done.
"We are starting to mature," Robinson said. "We still have a lot to clean up but I think we are coming along. We are anxious to get back in practice and correct a few things. I think we'll be fine."
ASSUMPTION 52, ARCHBISHOP CHAPELLE 42 (GIRLS)
At Napoleonville, Assumption stretched a one-point halftime lead into a 10-point lead after three quarters and that was the difference on Monday.
Assumption (3-3) trailed 9-4 after the first quarter before outscoring the Chipmunks 10-4 in the second quarter for a 14-13 lead.
The Lady Mustangs pushed their lead to double digits with a 19-10 third quarter for a 33-23 lead.
Amanda Gianelloni led Assumption with 20 points.
ELLENDER 44, DESTREHAN 36 (GIRLS)
At Houma, Ellender improved to 3-1 overall with Monday's nondistrict win over Destrehan.
The Lady Patriots led 20-14 at halftime, but Destrehan outscored Ellender 14-12 in the third quarter for a 32-28 score.
Ellender finished the game with a 12-8 fourth quarter to hang on for the win.
Sage Scott and Sky Jasper each scored 10 points for the Lady Patriots.