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Lady Trojans reach tourney finals


Central Lafourche's Saterria Lawson (right) is defended by Haynes Academy's Erin Peters in Friday's tournament game. (Photo by Christian Lovell/Correspondent)


MATHEWS — A little work on the offensive glass propelled Central Lafourche past Haynes Academy on Friday.

In the second quarter, the Lady Trojans converted four offensive rebounds into nine points, erasing a first-quarter deficit and giving them a lead they never relinquished.

The Lady Trojans went on to take a 44-32 win over Haynes Academy in the semifinals of Central Lafourche's Crystal Guidry Memorial Tournament.

Central Lafourche will play East St. John in the championship game at 5 p.m. today.

East St. John reached the finals by defeating Fontainebleau, 39-38, in Friday's other winner's bracket game.

Central Lafourche coach Brett Smith said keeping Haynes off the boards in the second and third quarters was the difference in the game.

"It made a big difference. We talked about it in the second and third quarters — to block out," Smith said. "We did it, and that led to us getting some second and third shots."

Neither team started well offensively as Haynes (4-4 overall) held an 8-6 lead after the first quarter.

From the outset of the second quarter, the Lady Trojans (5-2) worked on getting offensive rebounds and that led to a 9-1 run and a 15-9 lead.

Sloane Robicheaux, Saterria Lawson and Trudy Adams all scored on put backs after grabbing offensive rebounds. Adams completed the run by scoring off another offensive rebound, but she was fouled on the play. Her three-point play gave Central Lafourche the six-point lead with 3:30 on the clock.

Central Lafourche went on to lead 20-13 at halftime.

In the third quarter, Central Lafourche continued to rebound, but the shots were not falling for the Lady Trojans.

After Robicheaux made it a 22-13 score with a layup, Central Lafourche went scoreless for nearly four minutes.

During that time, Haynes scored six points to make it a 22-19 game.

However, Central Lafourche retook the momentum when Adams (11 points) made a bucket, and Taylor Kimball drained a 3-pointer for a 27-19 lead with 45 seconds left in the third quarter.

Kimball finished with 17 points as she made five 3-pointers in the game.

"She made a real big one at the end of the third quarter," Smith said of Kimball's shooting. "She made some big shots for us and that helped us stay ahead."

The Lady Trojans took their biggest lead in that game at 35-19 after Adams scored with 5:50 left in the fourth quarter.

Haynes rallied to make it a 37-28 score after Haley Gonzalez made a free throw with 3:19 left to play.

The Lady Trojans responded and closed the game out on a 7-2 run for the 44-32 final.

"I thought we used our quickness well and we kept it close until our inside players got in foul trouble," Haynes coach Michael Bonura said. "I thought the kids battled hard, but we started slow. With a team as good as Central (Lafourche) you can't spot them an eight-point lead in the second quarter."

ASSUMPTION 73, GRACE KING 26 (GIRLS)

At Mathews, Assumption took a big lead early then cruised in the second half to beat Grace King in a loser's bracket game at the Crystal Guidry Memorial Tournament on Friday.

The Lady Mustangs went out to a 21-6 first-quarter lead and never looked back in defeating Grace King.

Assumption (4-4) led 34-19 at halftime, then outscored Grace King 26-2 in the third quarter for a 60-21 lead.

The Lady Mustangs will play Thomas Jefferson at 5 p.m. today in the consolation game in Central Lafourche's smaller gym.

Amanda Gianelloni led Assumption with 16 points, while Tiah Larvadain had 13 and Kevreion Ward finished with 12.

De'Janae White led Grace King with 10 points.