Early run helps EDW past Assumption in girls hoops


Emily Sauce of E.D. White Catholic (left) makes a move toward the basket on Friday night as Amanda Gianelloni of Assumption defends. (Photo by Chris Heller/Staff)


NAPOLEONVILLE — A big first-quarter run suited the E.D. White Catholic Cardinals nicely on Friday night on the final day of the Assumption Mustangs Lady Classic.

On its way to a 54-42 victory, E.D. White used a 14-1 run in the first quarter, and Assumption never got closer than eight points as the Lady Cardinals moved to 12-3 on the season.

E.D. White got 17 points from Jordan Gros and 14 points from Michae Jones and used its press effectively, while breaking Assumption’s pressure in the win.

“Our press has been good to us this season,” Lady Cardinals coach Darin Fontz said. “We have been forcing turnovers and getting easy baskets. We expected them to press us as well. With the lineup we had on the floor I was comfortable with all five players handling the ball and making good decisions. We were able to react and attack the basket and score.”

Assumption (9-6) trailed 18-5 after the first quarter and 25-15 at halftime in both team’s second game of the day.

E.D. White led by as much as 18 points in the third quarter and ended it with a 35-25 lead but Assumption cut that lead to eight three times in the fourth quarter, but got no closer.

“I thought we weren’t completely focused throughout the game,” Lady Mustangs coach Julius Aucoin said. “At times when we were focused, we played with a lot of energy, and we were able to cut that lead down, but then we lost focus. I don’t know if it was fatigue or not but our mindset was not there for 32 minutes. We need to play up to our ability for 32 minutes.”

Amanda Gianelloni led Assumption with 15 points and Kevreion Ward added 10 points, but E.D. White proved just too strong.

“I thought we played one of our best games of the year. We played at a much higher level. Our intensity and our defense were really there,” Fontz said. “I am really proud of the way we played.”



ASSUMPTION 51,

WHITE CASTLE 46 (GIRLS)

In Game 1 of the Lady Mustangs Classic on Friday, Ward scored 20 points and Gianelloni and Tiah Larvadain each added 12 to lead the Lady Mustangs, who led 17-13 after the first quarter, 32-25 at halftime and 38-37 entering the fourth quarter.



E.D. WHITE 64,

RIVERSIDE 45 (GIRLS)

In Game 2 of the Lady Mustangs Classic on Friday, Gros scored 18 points and was 12-of-12 from the free-throw line, and Alex Bourgeois added 14 points to the win for E.D. White, which led 14-6 after the first quarter, 31-17 at halftime and 53-29 after the third quarter.



THIBODAUX 58,

WHITE CASTLE 42 (GIRLS)

In Game 3 of the Lady Mustangs Classic on Friday, the Lady Tigers got 16 points from Elise Plaisance and 12 points from Joycelyn Daggs to improve to 8-7 on the season.

Thibodaux led 9-8 after the first quarter and used a 16-4 run in the second quarter to take a 26-16 halftime lead. The Lady Tigers also led 40-29 at the end of the third quarter.



CENTRAL LAFOURCHE 48,

HAYNES 46 (GIRLS)

At the Haynes Tournment in Metairie, the Lady Trojans got 19 points from Josie Cortez, 15 points from Kierranika Duncan and nine points from Aquasia Porter in improving to 9-4 on the season with the overtime win.

It was tied at 10 after the first quarter, and Central Lafourche led 24-22 at halftime and trailed 34-28 at the end of the third quarter before it was tied at 40 after regulation. Central Lafourche returns to play in the tourney at 12:30 today against Salmen.

VANDEBILT CATHOLIC 48,

ABBEVILLE 39

At the Vermilion Catholic Tournament in Abbeville, Lacie LeBlanc scored 12 points and Shakira Harding, Jasmine Howard and Cassidy Barrios each added nine as the Lady Terriers advanced to tonight's tourney title game at 7 p.m. against Vermilion Catholic.

The Lady Terriers led 13-6 after the first quarter, 29-16 at halftime and 37-27 entering the fourth quarter.

 





ACADEMY OF OUR LADY 19,

COVENANT CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 13 (GIRLS)

At the Haynes Tournament in Metairie, Lesha Waller scored seven points as the Lady Lions fell to 1-9 on the season.



ELLENDER GIRLS WIN TWO GAMES

At the Central Catholic Tournament in Morgan City, the Lady Patriots improved to 9-3 on the season with wins over Terrebonne and Westgate on Friday. Ellender beat Terrebonne 47-28 and got 17 points from Kiara Scott and 11 points from Amari Banks, and Ellender beat Westgate 56-39 and got 20 points from Banks and 12 points from Shakira Bingham. Ellender plays at 2:30 today against Central Catholic in the tourney.



TERREBONNE GIRLS DROP TWO GAMES

At the Central Catholic Tournament in Morgan City, the Lady Tigers fell to 9-8 with losses to Ellender (47-28) and Central Catholic on Friday. Statistics were not available. Terrebonne plays at 1 today against Westgate in the tourney.



H.L. BOURGEOIS GIRLS DROP TWO GAMES

At the St. Amant Tournament, the Lady Braves slipped to 4-10 on the season with a 56-17 loss to Mandeville and a 61-36 loss to Covington.

Against Mandeville, Shannon Jones led H.L. Bourgeois with 11 points, and against Covington Jones scored 14 points and Kiara Freeman added nine points.



— Compiled by sports writer Kelly McElroy.