Lady Trojans’ rally falls short in tourney

MATHEWS — With less than a minute remaining in the third quarter of the Crystal Guidry Tournament final on Saturday night, the Central Lafourche Lady Trojans looked overwhelmed.

East St. John had built a 20-point lead advantage by creating turnovers and getting second-chance points off offensive boards.

Then sophomore Nicole Breaux nailed a 3-pointer as the buzzer sounded, sparking a 14-0 Central Lafourche run that lasted deep into the fourth quarter. Alas, the Lady Trojans could not overcome the deficit and loss 45-34.

“That little spurt where we came back was pretty good, but overall, I didn’t think we played to our potential,” Central Lafourche coach Brett Smith said. “We didn’t have many scoring opportunities because East St. John, defensively, was great. That’s what slowed us down big time.”

Central Lafourche (5-3 overall) hanged tough with East St. John in the first quarter leaking out after shots and getting easy baskets in transition. However, a running layup by DeRae Taylor (nine points) propelled the Lady Wildcats to a 17-9 lead at the end of the period.

East St. John (8-1) tightened its defense in the second quarter, only allowing Central Lafourche three points. Back-to-back jumpers by Jermani Thompson (10 points) gave the Lady Wildcats a 27-12 halftime lead.

“In the first half, we did a good job of not turning the ball over and executing our offense, getting the ball inside and getting good shots,” East St. John coach Jackson Manuel said. “We just have to be a little more consistent.”

Nya Duhe (12 points) began the third quarter with a 3-pointer and later made consecutive buckets to give East St. John a 40-20 advantage. Then Breaux (six points) ignited the Lady Trojans attack.

Central Lafourche held the Lady Wildcats scoreless for five-and-a-half minutes to start the fourth quarter. Meanwhile, Saterria Lawson (five points) made four free throws and Audry Sousa (five points) nailed a pair of jump shots. But it was an Aquasia Porter (six points) steal and layup to cap the run and cut Central Lafourche’s deficit to 40-34 that sent the crowd into a frenzy.

“I think we picked away gradually,” Smith said. “Once we were down 10 points, they decided we were still in this game.”

“We got very sloppy at the end,” Manuel said. “This is a young ball club with a lot of maturing still to be done. Sometimes immaturity leads to not playing well with a big lead.”

However, Duhe stopped Central Lafourche’s run with a short jumper, and Taylor sealed the East St. John win with a basket plus the foul.

Taylor Kimball led Central Lafourche with seven points.

Smith said his team just needs to correct some minor flaws to fulfill the capabilities.

“Learn to stay together; learn to do the little things; learn to do the right things,” he said. “We’ll be good from that.”


At the Crystal Guidry Tournament in Mathews, Amanda Gianelloni scored 17 points in the consolation final on Saturday.

Kevreion Ward finished with 12 for the Lady Mustangs (5-4).


At the Cabrini Tournament, Riverside outscored the Lady Cardinals 6-3 in overtime for the win in the championship game.

Genna Larose led E.D. White (6-2) with 16 points. Also scoring in double figures were Emily Weimer (12), Jordan Gros (11) and Michae Jones (110).



At the Episcopal-Baton Rouge Tournament, the Cardinals fell to 3-3 on the season with Saturday’s loss.

Stephen LeBouef scored 11 points to lead E.D. White.

St. Michael led 13-9 after the first quarter, 29-12 at halftime and 37-20 after three quarters.