Terriers overcome slow start against Cardinals


E.D. White Catholic's Benton Arceneaux (center) drives to the basket past Vandebilt Catholic's Chase Hutchinson (20) and Bailey Pere (21) during Friday's nondistrict game in Thibodaux. (Photo by Abby Tabor/Staff)


The only thing colder than the weather outside on Friday night was the shooting from both Vandebilt Catholic and E.D. White Catholic during a nondistrict boys basketball showdown in Thibodaux.

The Terriers and Cardinals both struggled to make shots at times during the game.

After a four-point first-quarter, Vandebilt scored 23 in the second-quarter to take a five-point lead at halftime.

With E.D. White struggling to make shots, the second quarter spurt was just enough for the Terriers to roll to 62-47 win.

The Terriers (8-3 overall) got off to a poor start in the first quarter, shooting 0-for-8 from the 3-point line in the period.

E.D. White (5-5) took a 8-4 lead after a corner 3-pointer from Kairon Brooks, sparking an 8-0 run that gave the Cardinals a 13-4 lead at the end of the first quarter.

In the second quarter, Vandebilt's Justen Harris came off the bench and nailed two consecutive 3-pointers to cut the deficit to 13-12. Harris added a fastbreak layup that put the Terriers ahead 14-13 with 3:46 left before halftime.

Harris provided spark the Terriers needed on offense, as they went on a 13-9 run to go up 27-22 at halftime.

Vandebilt coach Henry Washington said Harris' contributions on offense, which consisted of 11 points, was just what the Terriers (6-for-13 total from the 3-point line, 12-for-20 at the free-throw line and 10 turnovers) needed.

"Justen hit open shots because they weren't guarding him," Washington said. "It jump-started us, and it got us going."

Washington also praised Vandebilt's defense in the second quarter, which held E.D. White to only two points from the field.

"They didn't score for the first three minutes of the second quarter," Washington said. "For the first few minutes, we played good defense. I'm pleased that the defense looked better as the game went on."

E.D. White coach Jonathan Keife said the scoring slump by the Cardinals (4-for-14 total from the 3-point line, 8-for-14 from the free-throw line and 13 turnovers) in the second quarter was the turning point of the game.

"One of the things we were talking about for the last couple of days was being productive on offense, which would put a little pressure on (Vandebilt)," Keife said. "We weren't productive enough, and we didn't take advantage of enough opportunities offensively. I was very pleased with how hard we played on defense, but we are going to have to be more productive on offense."

Vandebilt's Lionheart Leslie, who was held scoreless in the first quarter and didn't make a shot from the field until 2:52 left in the second quarter, turned it on in a big way after halftime.

Leslie scored 13 of his game-high 21 points in the third quarter, helping Vandebilt turn a five-point lead at halftime into a 51-33 advantage at the end of the third quarter. The Terriers outscored the Cardinals, 24-10, in the third.

Despite the struggles in the first quarter, Leslie said the Terriers were still determined to keep shooting until they found their offensive groove.

"When the shots are not falling, we've got to keep our heads up and play aggressive," Leslie said. "If we don't, we'd easily lose the game or get blown out. We just got to keep going from the start of the game to the final buzzer. We just kept going, and I knew our shots would fall sooner or later, and we would get the victory."

E.D. White cut it to 60-45 with 2:19 left in the fourth quarter, but that was the closest it would get to catching up with their rivals Vandebilt.

Payton Barrios scored 11 points for Vandebilt, while Elijah McGuire added eight points.

Stephen LeBouef and Geoffrey Hebert each led E.D. White with eight points.

With many young players, Keife said he hopes the Cardinals will learn from their mistakes and get better as the season goes on.

"We've shown flashes of what we can do. It's just not consistent enough right now," Keife said. "It's just not enough right now for us to be successful against some of the better teams. That's what we we're going to have to improve on — being able to play 32 minutes of real good basketball instead of 20. We'll need that going into district."

VANDEBILT CATHOLIC 47, ST. LOUIS CATHOLIC 36 (GIRLS)

At Houma, Jewell Triggs and Cassidy Barrios each scored 11 points to lead the Lady Terriers to Friday's nondistrict win.

Vandebilt (12-3) led 9-7 after the first quarter, 25-17 at halftime and 36-33 after three quarters.

COVENANT CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 50, PHOENIX 49 (BOYS)

At Phoenix, Rommel Edwards scored a last-second basket to lead the Lions (7-1) to a win on Friday night.

Mark George led Covenant with 11 points, and Edwards chipped in 10.

The Lions led 17-14 after the first quarter and 21-16 at halftime but trailed 38-35 heading into the fourth quarter.

PHOENIX 33, COVENANT CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 32 (GIRLS)

At Phoenix, Naomi Trujillo scored 11 points, but it was not enough as the Lady Lions fell to 1-7 overall with Friday's loss.

Phoenix led 6-4 after the first quarter, 19-9 at halftime and 25-18 after three quarters.