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Tarpons strike quickly in win over Terrebonne

GALLIANO — The South Lafourche Tarpons grabbed a first-half lead and held onto every bit of it, winning their District 7-5A opener 55-39 over the Terrebonne Tigers on Wednesday.

South Lafourche (10-6 overall, 1-0 district) led 5-4 midway through the first when its offense scored on five-of-six possessions to open an 18-7 first-quarter lead. Shawn Cheramie (12 points) hit two three pointers, and Treavon Evans, who led all scorers with 20, hit from inside, outside and the free-throw line for seven first-quarter points.

The Tarpons ran the lead to 20-12 when Evans took over, hitting two putbacks, a layup and two foul shots in five possessions. Justin Toups hit a long 3-pointer at the buzzer to put South Lafourche up 35-20 at halftime.

"We've got to find a way to score," Terrebonne coach Derek Szush said. "We tried some different things, but we've got to go back to the drawing board and find some points."

The two teams mostly exchanged turnovers for the first few minutes of the second half. Neither team's offense worked. South Lafourche got some looks inside, and Devlin Aubert hit a long three at the buzzer for the Tigers (8-10, 0-2 in district) to keep the lead at 15, 41-26.

South Lafourche took its largest lead at 52-32. Kavaughn Wesley, who led Terrebonne with 10, hit a three to make it a 15-point game again.

"Terrebonne threw a different defense at us in that second half," South Lafourche coach Brian Callais said. "They were taking away two of our guys, and I was content to just run the offense. We just ran the clock and ran the clock with a 15 point lead, and I told our guys just run the offense."


At Galliano, the Lady Tigers dug an early hole for themselves and needed most of the game to dig themselves out, taking a six-point win on Wednesday.

South Lafourche (2-8, 0-1 in district), playing its district opener, was crisp in the first quarter, scoring on seven-of-11 possessions. Jodi Loupe, who led South Lafourche with 14, got seven of those in the first eight minutes, hitting a three, a layup and two foul shots.

Terrebonne (11-8, 2-0 in district), meanwhile, got open looks, but could not find the basket, going 2-of-13 from the field and one for five from the 3-point line. The Lady Tigers needed a Mercy Davis (eight points) 3-pointer with 50 seconds left to salvage a 15-6 first-quarter deficit.

Whatever offensive mojo South Lafourche found in the first quarter was quickly lost in the second. Terrebonne did not allow a field goal, with South Lafourche's only points of the quarter coming on four Loupe free throws.

The problem for Terrebonne was that even through the held South Lafourche to four, they could not make up a 10-point deficit, hitting four field goals and a foul shot in another miserable shooting quarter. Darian Dees (14 points) hit from inside and Davis hit from outside, cutting the South Lafourche lead to 19-16 at halftime.

"We started to force (South Lafourche) to their left, away from their dominant hand," Terrebonne coach Gus Brown said. "And we started to box out a little better in the second quarter, so we cut back on those second chance shots."

Terrebonne took its first lead 23-22 on a Dees layup. South Lafourche came right back on two Brooke Sampey free throws, but the momentum of game had clearly swung to Terrebonne, who still trailed 28-26 at the end of the third quarter.

"In the second half, we were standing around too much," South Lafourche coach Greg Curole said. "We let them put pressure on our wings, and we weren't making ourselves available for the ball."

Dees had four points, a steal and an assist as Terrebonne outscored South Lafourche 12-4 in the fourth quarter to win going away, scoring eight of the last 10 points.