Vandy rolls past Terrebonne, 55-29
Fri. December 07, 2012 at 9:03 a.m. | By Kelly McElroy/Staff Writer
Vandebilt Catholic's Sade' Murrell (left) drives the baseline against Terrebonne's Kendra Davis on Thursday night. (Photo by Chris Heller/Staff)
The magic number was 26 for the Vandebilt Catholic Lady Terriers on Thursday night.
In a 26-point win over Terrebonne — 55-29 — on the opening day of the Jack Becker Terrier Classic in Houma, Vandebilt went on a 26-0 run during a 12-plus minute stretch of the first half to distance itself from the Lady Tigers and improve to 8-2 on the young season.
The Lady Terriers got 12 points each from Jasmine Howard and Sade' Murrell and 11 points each from Laci LeBlanc and Cassidy Barrios, and the team also went 8-of-9 from the free-throw line.
Terrebonne (6-4) led 6-3 early (with 3:49 left in the first quarter), but Vandebilt scored 26 unanswered points, a monster run that didn't end until Terrebonne scored with 26 seconds left in the second quarter, and by that time, the Lady Terriers led 29-8, took a 31-8 lead into halftime and were in control.
"We kind of fell apart as a team right there in the latter part of the first half and in the second quarter," Terrebonne coach Gus Brown said.
With such a big lead at halftime, Vandebilt coach Kathy Luke said continuing to play well was important after the Lady Terriers allowed Helen Cox to come back in the second half in the team's only two losses of the season. The second of those losses came last week and it was the last time Vandebilt played a game before Thursday night.
"In both Cox games, we were ahead, and we lost the lead. We have a lull and get complaisant. We don't keep our foot down," Luke said. "We are going to try and change that by changing our defenses up. The kids have to think we when change defense and hopefully that will enable us to play hard for 32 minutes."
Vandebilt led 49-20 heading into the fourth quarter, and Terrebonne got 10 points from Waneka Robinson and seven points from Mikayla Lyons.
"We came back together as a team and competed in the second half," Brown said. "The girls fought and never gave up and played hard the rest of the way. We just need to do that for four quarters and not just in the second half."
Howard said getting back on the floor after last week's loss to Helen Cox felt good.
"It was good back to get back. We just have to play harder and practice harder every day," Howard said. "Coach Luke told us to keep playing hard and not lay down, and that is what we did."
Luke said starting guard Shakira Harding, who has missed time with a shoulder injury, has been cleared to play and could return to the lineup as soon as Saturday in the final day of the tournament against Ponchatoula or possibly on Tuesday when the Lady Terriers host 4-1 John Curtis.
CENTRAL CATHOLIC 57,
ST. JAMES 32 (GIRLS)
In the first game Thursday at the Jack Becker Terrier Classic, Meo Knight poured in 26 points and Randi Brown added 15 in the victory. Central Catholic (3-1) led 18-6 after the first quarter, 35-16 at halftime and 47-24 at the end of the third quarter. St. James fell to 1-6.
COUNTRY DAY 24,
SOUTH LAFOURCHE 18 (GIRLS)
In the second game Thursday at the Jack Becker Terrier Classic, Country Day got eight points from Caroline Perlis and six points from Victoria Waguespack to improve to 4-2 on the season.
Country Day led 8-5 after the first quarter, trailed 9-8 at halftime and led 12-11 after the third quarter.
Christa Molinare led South Lafourche (2-4) with five points.
Today in the tournament, Central Catholic plays Ponchatoula at 5 p.m., Country Day plays St. James at 6:30 p.m. in the Brother Alfred Kolb Center, St. Michael plays Terrebonne at 6:30 p.m. and Vandebilt plays South Lafourche at 8 p.m.
The event concludes with five games on Saturday.
H.L. BOURGEOIS 34 (GIRLS)
At Destrehan in the St. Charles Parish Shootout, the Lady Patriots led 10-7 after the first quarter, 29-12 at halftime and 48-26 at the end of the third quarter and improved to 4-1 on the season.
Shakira Bingham led Ellender with 12 points, and Amari Banks added 11 points.
Shannon Jones led the Lady Braves (2-4) with 15 points, and Raeven Scott added 10 points.
URSULINE ACADEMY 58,
THIBODAUX 53 (GIRLS)
At the St. Charles Parish Shootout, the Lady Tigers got 14 points from Eris Stove, 12 points from Kiarra Triggs, 11 points from Elise Plaisance and eight points from Chelise Brown but fell to 4-3 on the season.
Thibodaux returns to action in the event at 6:45 tonight.
COVENANT CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 29,
JOHN MCDONOGH 28 (GIRLS)
At Gray, Moriah Trujillo scored nine points and Naomi Trujillo and McKinley Carter (nine rebounds) each scored seven points as the Lady Lions improved to 1-4 on the season.
CCA led 6-4 after the first quarter, 18-13 at halftime and 22-19 at the end of the third quarter.
SOUTH LAFOURCHE 45,
DONALDSONVILLE 41 (BOYS)
At Galliano, Treavon Evans and Wilbert Rhodes each scored 14 points and Shawn Cheramie added 12 as the Tarpons improved to 5-1 with the nondistrict win.
The game was tied at 11 after the first quarter, Donaldsonville led 22-18 at halftime and the Tarpons took a 36-31 lead into the fourth quarter.
CENTRAL CATHOLIC 55,
THIBODAUX 44 (BOYS)
At the Central Catholic Tournament in Morgan City, the Tigers fell to 3-4 and got 21 points from Trevon Cole and 12 points from Tylor Jones. Central Catholic got 19 points from Josh Singleton.
The Tigers led 13-12 after the first quarter, trailed 27-23 at halftime and 38-36 at the end of the third quarter.
ASSUMPTION 62 (BOYS)
At Napoleonville, the Mustangs trailed 29-26 at halftime and dropped the nondistrict contest in overtime.
Malik Mills (16 points) Kenyatta Charles (14 points), Denzel Johnson (12 points) and Coy Smith (11 points) led the Mustangs (2-6) in scoring.
E.D. WHITE CATHOLIC 57,
ASCENSION CATHOLIC 27 (BOYS)
At the Episcopal High Tournament in Baton Rouge, the Cardinals led 24-6 at halftime and got 10 points from Stephen LeBouef in improving to 2-2 on the season.
They return to action at 7 today in the event against Episcopal.
ST. JAMES 58,
JEHOVAH-JIREH 39 (BOYS)
At the East Iberville Tournament in St. Gabriel, Owen Murphy and Jason Favorite scored 10 points each to lead the Wildcats to the victory. St. James (5-1) led 25-17 at halftime. The Wildcats play East Iberville at 7:45 today in the tourney.
COVENANT CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 69,
PATRICK TAYLOR 35 (BOYS)
At Gray, Mark George scored 22 points and added six steals, Brandon Woods had 19 points and Datren Williams notched 15 points as the Lions improved to 4-0 on the season.
It was tied at 14 after the first quarter. CCA led 38-22 at halftime and 57-30 at the end of the third quarter.
THIBODAUX 0 (BOYS)
At Thibodaux, Thibodaux was shutout in the District 7-I contest and fell to 5-3-1 overall and 2-1 in district play.
WESTGATE 0 (GIRLS)
At Thibodaux, Thibodaux broke a scoreless tie in the second half with goals from Courtney Hepola and Heather Naquin. Katelyn Terrell and Adrian Gautreaux had the assists. Thibodaux improved to 4-3-1 overall and 1-2 in district.
Avery Theriot got the win in goal.
E.D. WHITE CATHOLIC MATCH MOVED
The girls nondistrict soccer match between E.D. White and Riverside that was scheduled for Thursday will be played at 4 p.m. today at Yockey Bernard Field at Harvey Peltier Stadium in Thibodaux.