Frye, Campbell push Warriors past Cardinals

E.D. White Catholic players Geoffrey Hebert (left) and Stephen LeBouef (right) converge on Houma Christian's Guy Campbell on Thursday night in Houma. The Warriors won, 48-43. (Photo by Benjamin Oliver Hicks/Staff)

Nate Frye's forceful one-handed, open-court dunk in the first half on Thursday night against E.D. White Catholic drew the most reaction from the home crowd, but a subtle pass late in the game is what helped the Warriors to the victory.

Frye found a cutting Guy Campbell with just over a minute to play for a layup that helped push the Warriors lead to a margin E.D. White could not overcome in Houma Christian's 48-43 nondistrict win from Houma.

With Houma Christian ahead 45-42, Frye had the ball in a half-court set and dribbled left toward the goal when he was picked up by two Cardinals defenders.

Frye (19 points) then found Campbell (14 points) cutting to the goal for the score, and Campbell drew a foul on the play.

He missed the free throw but the 47-42 lead with 1:13 left was all the space the Warriors (5-7) would need in the win. They were making their season debut at home after 11 games on the road to start the season.

"I have been really working on these guys and driving them to move without the basketball," Warriors coach Freddie Frye said. "They did that. They moved extremely well. We need to build on this because we start district next week."

It was the third-straight loss for the Cardinals.

"We are very, very young especially at the guard spots. We are very inconsistent game to game and quarter to quarter. This has been a very up-and-down year," Cardinals coach Jonathan Keife said. "It's very frustrating, but it's part of growing pains. We had a distinctive height advantage, and we were not able to take advantage of it. That's my fault. I did not call the right stuff. It's something we have to go back to the drawing board on."

Coach Frye, an E.D. White graduate, said playing the Cardinals is always special. The Warriors also beat E.D. White on Dec. 11 (48-46) in Thibodaux.

"E.D. White has always been a great program, and they represent the school very well. The kids grow up playing basketball and are very smart," Coach Frye said. "They are a good team. They have bigger athletes, and it is a struggle when you are outsized, but the kids did an outstanding job. It was a big win. A lot of kids grew up."

E.D. White (6-9) had a 14-11 lead in the final seconds of the first quarter, but Frye pulled up for a long 3-pointer that tied it at 14 after the first quarter.

Frye's dunk with 1:55 to go in the first half cut the E.D. White lead to 30-29 after the Cardinals led by as much as eight at 28-20 with 3:40 left in the second quarter.

The Cardinals later added three free throws before halftime for a 33-31 lead at intermission. There were 23 fouls (12 on E.D. White and 11 on Houma Christian) called in the first half.

The action slowed in the third quarter as the teams combined for just 11 points.

With the game tied at 35 with 4:34 to go in the third, E.D. White bled 2:34 off the clock with Logan Gravois dribbling the time off before a Houma Christian steal led to two free throws made by Campbell.

Gravois (10 points) answered with a 3-pointer and the Cardinals, who got nine points from Parker Ford and eight points from Stephen LeBouef, led 38-37 entering the final quarter.

Neither team found much offense in the fourth quarter. Houma Christian, which got seven points from Keamon Sims, led 44-40 before two free throw by E.D. White made it 44-42.

One free throw by the Warriors gave them a 45-42 lead then an E.D. White travel led to the possession where Frye found Campbell cutting to the goal for the five-point advantage with 1:13 left.

"Houma Christian played well," Keife said. "I thought we played pretty well on (Nate) for the most part, but they just made a couple more plays than we did, especially in the fourth quarter."

Coach Frye said after the game that his son Nate, who is a senior this season, has garnered interest from Georgia State, Oklahoma State, Murray State, Nicholls State University and that Nate has shown some interest in Oral Roberts University.




At Houma before the boys game, the Lady Cardinals got 15 points from Jordan Gros, 14 points from Genna Larose and 12 points from Emily Sauce in improving to 14-4 with the nondistrict victory.

The Lady Cardinals, who host Country Day at 5:30 today in nondistrict play, led 14-4 after the first quarter, 39-9 at halftime and 51-15 at the end of the third quarter.

Alicia Johnson led the Lady Warriors (2-3) with six points.




At Reserve, St. James fell to 3-14 overall with the nondistrict loss.


— Compiled by sports writer Kelly McElroy.