Huge third quarter lifts Braves past Central Lafourche


H.L. Bourgeois' Isaac Allridge (12) drives to the basket between Central Lafourche's Wynton Young (50) and Jeremiah Ballard (21) during Tuesday's District 7-5A opener in Gray. (Photo by Abby Tabor/Staff)


— The Central Lafourche Trojans cut a big H.L. Bourgeois lead to six points early in the third quarter on Tuesday night of the District 7-5A opener for both teams.

The Braves then got seven points in a row from Marlin Bonvillain, and his teammates begin piling it on behind a suffocating trapping defense that led to numerous easy baskets and allowed the Braves to cruise to a 95-66 district victory over the Trojans.

Central Lafourche made it a 42-36 game with 6 minutes to play in the third quarter, but then Bonvillain scored a quick seven points and the Braves went on a 24-7 run to close the third quarter which resulted in a 66-43 lead entering the fourth quarter.

The Braves (10-3 overall, 1-0 in district) led 38-31 at halftime after a long 3-pointer by Central Lafourche's Jeremiah Ballard at the horn.

"What it really took was me having three heart attacks at halftime after having to yell and scream to get us ready, but as a coach you have to do what you've got to do," H.L. Bourgeois coach Andrew Caillouet said. "They responded at halftime. We stopped giving them so many points on free throws in the second half."

Central Lafourche coach Ronald Brisco said the Braves pressure was just too much.

"They just started putting the pressure on us, and we could not break their pressure, and we started turning the ball over," Brisco said. "We couldn't adapt to it. When we did get shots, we weren't making them, and we weren't getting back down the court fast enough. They played aggressive defense."

Caillouet agreed, saying the Braves, who got 18 points from Marlin Bonvillain, 16 points from Isaac Allridge, 15 points from Teren Morris and 13 points from Isaiah Van Buren, are at their best when they use their defense to get easy baskets.

"We were able to get more of our trapping in, and we were able to run the ball more," Caillouet said. "That was one of our game plans, to run the ball as much as we could. We have to be a team that plays position defense when we play straight man to man and we have to be able to get steals off of passes off traps and we have to push, push, push. I thought it was a good win."

The Trojans (5-6, 0-1 in district) trailed 21-13 after the first quarter, but after the 6-minute mark of the third quarter, found running their offense tough.

"They put the pressure on us, and we did not get into our sets," Brisco said. "They put the pressure on us. We made a few shots, but a lot of times, we couldn't finish or we would turn the ball over. They are just so aggressive. When they realized we were weak in certain areas, they attacked us. We stayed in the game in the first half and into the third quarter, but when they put that pressure that was it. We just have to get better as a team."

Ramon Robinson led the Trojans with 19 points, and Ballard added 16 points.

H.L. BOURGEOIS 50, CENTRAL LAFOURCHE 47 (GIRLS)

At Gray before to the boys games, the Lady Braves got 27 points from Shannon Jones and nine points form Kiara Freeman in moving to 4-7 overall and 1-0 in District 7-5A.

H.L. Bourgeois outscored Central Lafourche 18-11 in the fourth quarter and got a key 3-pointer from Gerinica Bradly and then a layup from Freeman with 48 seconds left to take a 48-44 advantage that helped seal the win.

The Lady Trojans later had a chance to tie the game at the buzzer, but a 3-pointer from the top of the key fell short.

"We stepped up on defense and did what we needed to. We made shots in the fourth quarter," Lady Braves coach Toney Linn said. "We made some key shots and some key free throws down the stretch. It's a good way to start the season against a good team. They are well coached, and this is a good win for us."

Central Lafourche (7-4, 0-1 in district) led 8-6 after the first quarter, 24-20 at halftime and 36-32 entering the fourth quarter.

Saterrin Lawson led the Lady Trojans with 12 points, and Taylor Kimball, Aquasia Porter and Trudy Adams each added eight.

"Jones was the big difference. We did well stopping her in the first half, but the girl who was guarding her got into foul trouble," Central Lafourche coach Brett Smith said. "We missed 11 free throws and a couple were front ends of one-and-ones. If we make a few of those, we win the game. This was a good lesson for the girls."

WESTGATE 86, TERREBONNE 76 (BOYS)

At New Iberia, Terrebonne led by one with 2 minutes to play before Westgate went on a run to take the District 7-5A victory.

DeShaun Diggs led Terrebonne (7-7, 0-1 in district) with 25 points, and Davante Ross and William Moses each added 14 points.

Westgate (6-1, 1-0 in district) got 28 points from Eddie Sims and 27 points from Kaleb Ratcliff.

TERREBONNE 56, WESTGATE 50 (GIRLS)

At New Iberia, Terrebonne improved to 9-6 overall and 1-0 in District 7-5A behind 18 points from Waneka Robinson, 11 points from Darian Dees and 10 points from Roynisha Jones.

Terrebonne led 18-8 after the first quarter, 36-21 at halftime and 48-32 at the end of the third quarter.