Tarpons take care of Westgate


GALLIANO — Once South Lafourche started to take care of the basketball, the Tarpons took care of Westgate.

A bevy of turnovers had the Tarpons trailing the Tigers for the entire first half and most of the third quarter. But in the third quarter South Lafourche flipped the script on Westgate forcing the Tigers into numerous turnovers. The Tarpons took advantage of those miscues to take a lead on the final shot of the third quarter.

Once South Lafourche grabbed the lead, the Tarpons spread the floor and converted from the free-throw line to take a 65-57 win in Friday's District 7-5A game.

The Tarpons committed 25 turnovers in the game, but from the midway point of the third quarter on, they had just four turnovers. Westgate also committed 25 turnovers but 15 turnovers came in the second half helping the Tarpons seize the momentum.

"We came in from halftime and we were down by five, but our guard play wasn't the best. We had a six-point game plan, but we were struggling with it. Still we were just down by five and if we stuck with (the game plan) we would do fine," South Lafourche Brian Callais said. "In the second half, our guards settled down and we stopped turning the ball over for the most part. When a team presses you for 32 minutes you will turn over the ball, but we settled down. I also thought their full-court pressure tired them out and they started to miss shots. They might have been winded and their shots didn't fall."

Westgate (9-5 overall, 1-2 in district) seemed to be in control of the game after Trevonte Williams scored on an offensive rebound for a 45-35 lead with 2:54 left in the third quarter.

It was at that time when South Lafourche stopped giving the ball away and that led to a 12-1 run to end the third quarter giving the Tarpons a one-point lead.

Devin Comardelle started the run with a 3-pointer and that was followed by a bucket from Shawn Cheramie to make it a 45-40 score with 2:23 on the clock. Shawn Cheramie (17 points) converted a steal into a layup and after Westgate made it a 46-42 score with a free throw, the Tarpons got two free throws from Silas Griffin making it 46-44 with 1:04 left to play.

Both teams missed shots in the final minute of the third quarter, but after a Westgate turnover, Shawn Cheramie drained a 3-pointer at the buzzer to put South Lafourche in front 47-46.

The teams traded leads to start the fourth quarter, but with the score tied at 51, Seth Cheramie put the Tarpons back in front at 53-51 with a layup and 4:37 left to play.

That bucket sparked an 8-0 run that ended when Seth Cheramie made another layup for a 59-51 Tarpons lead with 3:22 left on the clock.

Westgate cut the Tarpons lead to 59-57 with 2:21 left, but Seth Cheramie, who scored all of his 10 points in the fourth quarter, stopped the Tigers' momentum with a free throw and a 60-57 lead.

South Lafourche (11-6 overall, 2-0 in district) finished the game scoring the final five points for the eight-point win.

Treavon Evans led South Lafourche with 25 points, and he said a change to the Tarpons defense turned the momentum of the game.

"It was part of our game plan and we switched our defense and that helped. We just put more pressure on their lead guard and that led to turnovers," Evans said. "We started to listen to coach and that is when everything changed. (Being 2-0 in district) is a good and we hope just to keep it going."

Westgate led 15-12 after the first quarter and 29-24 at halftime.

Again the Tigers seemed to be in control of the game with a 10-point lead in the third quarter, but four turnovers late in the quarter and four more turnovers to start the fourth quarter allowed the Tarpons to catch the momentum.

"We had some turnovers and from there, fouls put them on the free-throw line. We just couldn't recover," Westgate coach Oliver Winston said. "We went up by 10 then we had four turnovers in a row. We make a basket then we have four more turnovers and we are not helping ourselves defensively because they are getting out in transition. We got a lot to work on and try to get ourselves right."

Eddie Sims scored 23 points for Westgate, while Kaleb Ratliff finished with 11 for the Tigers.

SOUTH LAFOURCHE 38, WESTGATE 29 (GIRLS)

At Galliano, South Lafourche's defense put the clamps on Westgate in the second quarter in Friday's District 7-5A game.

The Lady Tarpons held Westgate to three points in the second quarter pushing their four-point first-quarter lead to a 22-11 advantage at halftime.

South Lafourche (3-8, 1-1) controlled the tempo in the third quarter looking for easy shots and free throws that helped the Lady Tarpons take a 32-18 third-quarter lead.

Jodi Loupe led South Lafourche with 12 points, while Fallon Chiasson added eight points for the Lady Tarpons.

Westgate fell to 8-10 overall and 0-2 in district.

THIBODAUX 57, SOUTH TERREBONNE 37 (BOYS)

At Thibodaux, Trevon Cole scored 22 points and Elray Duncan added 11 to lead the Tigers to a nondistrict win on Friday.

Thibodaux (9-9) led 15-6 after the first quarter, 30-15 at halftime and 44-27 after the third quarter.

Tyronne Smith led the Gators (3-11) with 13 points.

ST. JAMES 69, BAKER 52 (BOYS)

At St. James, Jared Wiggins scored 19 points to lead five Wildcats in double figures on Friday.

Also scoring in double figures were Brian Winchester (14), Andre Mitchell (12), Owen Mumphrey (11) and Jason Favorite (11).

St, James (13-3) led 19-18 after the first quarter and extended its lead to 30-25 at halftime and 46-39 after three quarters.