Lady Pats too much for Vandy

John Curtis Christian School is the defending Class 2A state champion in girls high school basketball.

The Lady Patriots also spent all of Tuesday night successfully defending the Vandebilt Catholic Lady Terriers.

The Lady Terriers could not crack the stiff John Curtis defense, and after the Lady Patriots held Vandebilt to a five-point second quarter, they rolled to a 50-36 nondistrict victory to improve to 7-4 on the season.

Vandebilt fell to 10-3 overall.

“They were good. I thought we were a little off offensively. They switched on all their screens and our kids didn’t recognize it.” Lady Terriers coach Kathy Luke said. “A lot of the things we normally have open weren’t. I was trying to beat them inside, but we did not do a good job. We didn’t battle hard. They got to every loose ball. I guess we had an off night.”

John Curtis got 15 points each from Detorian Henderson and Tia Charles and nine points from Kolby Morgan and led 15-11 at the end of the third quarter and 23-16 at halftime.

Vandebilt, which got 13 points from Cassidy Barrios and eight points each from Jewel Triggs and Sade’ Murrell, got as close as 17-16 in the second quarter and later trailed 37-30 at the end of the third quarter but got no closer, and John Curtis knocked down its free throws late to take the win.

John Curtis coach Barbara Farris, a former Tulane star and WNBA player, said winning at Vandebilt gave her team a big lift.

“We have taken some bumps and bruises the last month or so, so it feels good to get a quality win over a quality team,” Farris said. “They (the Lady Terriers) were never out of this game, so don’t be fooled by the score, but we did enough at the end to secure the win. We have been stressing defense. We are going to miss shots, but we can control things like our tempo and defensive intensity, so that is what we have been stressing. I am proud of my team.”

The Lady Patriots, who along with Vandebilt shares two losses on the season to Helen Cox, thrived on offensive rebounds and putbacks.

“We did a really bad job of blocking out,” Luke said. “Give them a lot of credit. They were just flat out better than us. We never could get anything going offensively or defensively. We were a step slow. We have (today) and Thursday to get better, so we can go play Terrebonne on Friday.”



At Houma, Lionheart Leslie poured in 25 points, and Elijah McGuire added 14 points as the Terriers improved to 5-2 on the season with the nondistrict win.

It was tied at 15 after the first quarter, Donaldsonville (4-5) led 28-26 at halftime, and Vandebilt led 40-36 at the end of the third quarter.


At Houma, the Tigers trailed 16-6 after the first quarter and 31-18 at halftime but rallied to outscore the Gators 22-6 in the third quarter and 13-6 in the fourth quarter behind a game-high 31 points and 10 rebounds from DeShaun Diggs.

Kavaughn Wesley added 10 points for the Tigers (7-5) in the nondistrict win.

South Terrebonne (1-6) got 14 points from Patrick Wilson and 13 points from Tyrone Smith.



At Lutcher, the Trojans got 11 points from John Paul Williams and 10 points from Quade Williams in moving to 5-4 with the overtime nondistrict victory.



At Thibodaux, Elise Plaisance and Eris Stove each scored 14 points to lead the Lady Tigers (5-5) to the nondistrict victory.



At Mathews, the Lady Trojans got 16 points from Taylor Kimball and 11 points from Saterria Lawson to improve to 6-3 with the nondistrict victory.

Central Lafourche led 16-9 after the first quarter, 33-15 at halftime and 42-27 at the end of the third quarter. The Lady Gators fell to 1-6 overall.



At Galliano, the Lady Tarpons got 15 points each from Christa Molinare and Brooke Sampey and trailed 27-15 at halftime in falling to 2-6 with the nondistrict loss.


— Compiled by sports writer Kelly McElroy.