Terrebonne sprints past Lady Trojans, 69-52


Terrebonne's Vicky Brown (15) dribbles the ball to the basket as Central Lafourche's Trudy Adams (22) defends during Friday's District 7-5A game in Houma. (Photo by Chris Heller/Staff)


Central Lafourche made things interesting in the first half of Friday's District 7-5A girls basketball game against Terrebonne.

The Lady Trojans used a big second-quarter rally to cut the Lady Tigers' lead to six-points at halftime.

But in the third quarter, Terrebonne's size in the paint, defensive intensity and second-chance points from aggressive rebounding wore the Lady Trojans down, as it turned a close game at halftime into a 69-52 win.

Terrebonne (12-8 overall, 3-0 in district) held a 15-10 lead at the end of the first quarter and opened the second quarter with a 25-14 advantage.

However, Central Lafourche's Josie Cortez hit two 3-pointers and had a jumper near the basket to help the Lady Trojans cut the deficit to 32-26 at halftime.

Just when Central Lafourche had some momentum, Terrebonne took it all away with a 23-7 third quarter run that made the score 55-33 heading into the final period.

Terrebonne coach Gus Brown said the Lady Tigers ability to dominate the paint on offense and force turnovers on defense helped them take control of the game.

"I think our energy, effort and intensity turned up a little bit in the third quarter," Brown said. "This was a total team effort by us on both ends of the floor. We played good defense and took care of the ball on offense and was able to go inside. They had a couple of people in foul trouble, so we were able to take care of that also."

Terrebonne had three double-digit scorers in Darian Dees (22 points), Roynisha James (14 points) and Waneka Robinson (10 points).

As the defending district champions, Brown said the Lady Tigers are motivated to recapture another 7-5A title, but he added that they will have to show up and play with high intensity every night to do it.

"Each one of these district games are going to be dogfights, and each one of them are very important," Brown said. "We only want to focus on each opponent every night. Hopefully we have more positive possessions than negative possessions, and at the end, we just come out and get the win."

Central Lafourche (11-6, 0-2 in district) got 18 points from Cortez and 13 points from Kierranika Duncan.

Central Lafourche coach Brett Smith said the Lady Trojans had momentum heading into halftime, but they didn't have any answers for Terrebonne's big run in the third quarter.

"I just didn't think we played up to our potential (Friday)," Smith said. "We've been playing pretty good basketball for the past couple of weeks, but (Friday night) for some reason, we didn't show up. It was just a rough night. We didn't play well."

TERREBONNE 62, CENTRAL LAFOURCHE 52 (BOYS)

At Houma, the Tigers jumped out to a big first-half lead, but they had to hold off a late Trojans rally to get the win.

Terrebonne led 19-10 after the first quarter, 38-18 at halftime and 45-35 at the end of the third quarter.

Central Lafourche, however, cut the score in half when John Paul Williams hit a 3-pointer that cut the deficit to 53-45 with 3:50 left in the fourth quarter.

But the Trojans inability to avoid turnovers or hit shots down the stretch hurt their chances.

Terrebonne's leading scorers were Erin Harris (14 points), Kavaughn Wesley (13 points and Will Moses (nine points).

Tigers coach Derek Szush confirmed that Terrebonne players DeShaun Diggs and Davante Ross are no longer on the team. He declined to comment on the reasons for removing the two players from the team, but he praised the play of several of his young players for stepping up and helping Terrebonne (9-10, 1-2 in 7-5A) win its first district game of the season.

"We're learning how to win and we're breaking in some new guys who haven't played varsity at all," Szush said. "A couple of them got starts (Friday). We had trouble scoring against South Lafourche (Wednesday). We changed some different things and we worked hard on being able to get the ball to our playmakers in certain spots. We're not a 3-point shooting team. We need to get the ball inside in the paint and finish, so that's what we worked on."

Williams led Central Lafourche (5-12, 0-2 in 7-5A) with 25 points, while Sherman Robinson had 10 points and Jeremiah Ballard scored nine points.

First-year Central Lafourche coach Robert Brisco said the slow first-half start by the Trojans was the difference in the game.

"You have to play two full halves," Brisco said. "You can't come out and expect to win playing a half of basketball. We've got to make shots. We missed 16 3-pointers and 20 free throws. You can't win a game like that. As I told them, we've got to get better, be more committed to playing basketball at practice and be willing to learn and get better."

VANDEBILT CATHOLIC 79, SOUTHERN LAB 75 (BOYS)

At Baton Rouge, Lionheart Leslie and Elijah McGuire each scored 24 points to lead the Terriers on Friday.

Vandebilt (11-6) was down by 11 with two minutes to play but rallied behind its pressure defense.

Malcolm Wolfe added 11 for the Terriers.

CENTRAL CATHOLIC 68, ELLENDER 51 (BOYS)

At Morgan City, Eric Welch scored 18 points to lead the Patriots (9-8) in Friday's game.

Also scoring in double figures for Ellender were Jaylan Coleman (13) and Justin Johnson (12).

ELLENDER 62, CENTRAL CATHOLIC 53 (GIRLS)

At Morgan City, the Lady Patriots improved to 10-5 overall with Friday's win.

Sky Jasper led Ellender with 15 points, and also scoring in double figures were Sage Scott (14), Amari Banks (11) and Kiara Scott (10).

The Lady Patriots led 12-11 after the first quarter, 25-22 at halftime and 39-38 after three quarters.

SOUTH TERREBONNE 64, GRAND ISLE 8 (GIRLS)

At Bourg, the Lady Gators improved to 2-7 overall with Friday's win. Stats from the game were not available.

COVENANT CHRISTIAN 61, THOMAS JEFFERSON 52 (BOYS)

At Gretna, Datren Williams and Brandon Wood each scored 15 points and Jordan McKay added 12 points to lead the Lions (9-3) on Friday.

Covenant Christian trailed 14-13 after the first quarter but rebounded to take a 32-39 halftime lead. The Lions led 49-39 after the third quarter.

ASCENSION CHRISTIAN 43, COVENANT CHRISTIAN 14 (GIRLS)

At Gonzales. Harley Stouffet led the Lady Lions with five points, and Moriah Trujillo added four.