This week's Prep Basketball Report



GAMES OF THE WEEK

This week's high school basketball action is highlighted by one of the area's top boys tournament — the 2012 Patriot Classic at Ellender.

The three-day tournament starts on Thursday and features six local teams — Ellender, South Terrebonne, South Lafourche, Assumption, Vandebilt Catholic and H.L. Bourgeois. The championship game is scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday.

In addition to the tournament, other key boys games include Terrebonne at Ellender (today), Houma Christian at E.D. White Catholic (Tuesday) and Terrebonne at Salmen (Friday).

Several local girls teams also have big games scheduled for this week, including Hahnville at Ellender (Tuesday), John Curtis at Vandebilt (Tuesday), Assumption at Thibodaux (Tuesday) and Vandebilt at Terrebonne (Friday).

GIRLS TEAM OF THE WEEK

Vandebilt's girls team opened the week with a 48-43 loss to Helen Cox but rebounded with three straight wins at the Jack Becker Terrier Classic. The Lady Terriers (10-2) posted tournament wins over Terrebonne (55-29), South Lafourche (55-24) and Ponchatoula (58-36).

BOYS TEAM OF THE WEEK

Vandebilt capped off a successful week by posting three wins to capture the Gene Simmons Memorial Tournament. The Terriers (4-2 overall) won the tournament with a 71-64 win over H.L. Bourgeois and also posted tournament wins over Central Lafourche (64-46) and South Terrebonne (77-46).

STARS OF THE WEEK

GIRLS

--Vandebilt's Cassidy Barrios scored 15 points against Ponchatoula on Saturday at the Jack Becker Terrier Classic.

--South Lafourche's Brooke Sampey finished with 15 points in a win over St. James at Saturday's Jack Becker Terrier Classic.

--Assumption's Amanda Gianelloni finished with 16 points in Friday's win over Grace King at the Crystal Guidry Memorial Tournament.

BOYS

--Vandebilt's Elijah McGuire scored 20 points against H.L. Bourgeois in Saturday's final of the Gene Simmons Memorial Tournament.

--St. James' Jared Wiggins had 26 points against East Iberville on Friday at the East Iberville Tournament.

--Covenant Christian Academy's Rommel Edwards had eight points and eight rebounds and hit the game-winning shot against Assembly Christian on Tuesday.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

"When we went to the full-court pressure, it wasn't very effective. When we went to the half-court pressure, it actually made it an up-tempo game. I thought that was the difference in the game. It was a good quality win. Centerville is not a bad ball club, but that second quarter was huge." — H.L. Bourgeois boys basketball coach Andrew Caillouet said following Thursday's 78-56 win over Centerville at the Gene Simmons Memorial Tournament.