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Lady Cardinals pound Brusly


E.D. White Catholic pounded the paint and that led to the Lady Cardinals pounding Brusly.

The Lady Cardinals started the third quarter as they ended the second quarter by going to Jordan Gros on the block. With Gros scoring in the paint, it opened up other scoring opportunities as E.D. White erased a two-point halftime deficit with a 15-0 run to start the third quarter.

That run was enough to give the Lady Cardinals a comfortable cushion as E.D. White went on to take a 59-36 win in Tuesday's District 7-3A opener for both teams in Thibodaux.

The Lady Cardinals (16-3 overall, 1-0 in district) struggled to make shots in the first half, and coach Darin Fontz said he decided to get the ball to Gros in the paint, which jump started his offense.

"I spoke to them about playing with focus and intensity in the second half. We needed to get our defense going so our offense would start, and we missed a ton of shots in the first half. We had some very makeable shots that we missed. Our only offense was Jordan in the low post, but they started to triple team her," Fontz said. "We started to get some turnovers and converted that into easy baskets. We felt (Gros) had an advantage as long as she was one-on-one in the post. We got that look on two or three possessions. They started to sag on her, but she made her presence felt in the first half."

E.D. White trailed 23-21 at halftime. Gros immediately tied the game at 23 when she scored off an offensive rebound with 7:10 on the clock.

Even though the baskets didn't come in bunches, E.D. White methodically took the lead then extended to double-digits before the quarter was over.

A 15-0 run gave the Lady Cardinals a 36-23 lead before Brusly's Donkita Williams made two free throws with 1:54 on the clock.

After the free throws, E.D. White got a basket from Gros and consecutive buckets from Emily Weimer (14 points) for a 42-25 lead to start the fourth quarter.

Gros, who finished with 22 points and six blocks, was just too much for Brusly (10-9, 0-1 in distirct) to handle around the goal.

"Coach gave us a talk at halftime, and we realized we weren't playing to our level, but to our opponent's level," Gros said. "We had some mismatches with my height, and I was isolated and it worked out."

With a huge lead, E. D. White used clock on its possessions in the fourth quarter looking for easy shots. The Lady Cardinals pushed its lead to more than 20 points and took their largest lead at 59-34 after Xylynn Garnet scored with 1:14 left to play.

Brusly made just 3-of-24 shots in the second half,

Lady Panthers coach Liza Whittington said her young team struggled to execute once E.D. White grabbed the momentum.

"We are so young and that is just part of it. We just haven't learned to play a full game yet, so this is part of learning," Whittington said. "I told them you can expect to dig yourself a hole and get out of it against a good team. We are learning and hopefully we will continue to get better."

E.D. White held a 9-5 first-quarter lead, but Brusly responded with a 16-point second quarter.

The Lady Panthers started the second quarter with a 9-0 run for a 14-9 lead with 6:03 on the clock.

Brusly took its largest lead when Williams (13 points) scored to make it 21-13 with 3:33 left before halftime.

The Lady Cardinals closed out the first half with an 8-2 spurt as Gros scored six points during the run for the 23-21 halftime score.

BRUSLY 42, E.D. WHITE CATHOLIC 34 (BOYS)

At Thibodaux, Brusly took an early lead and never relinquished it against E.D. White in Tuesday's District 7-3A opener.

The Panthers (15-5, 1-0 in district) went up 7-5 after Dimario Jackson scored with 3:13 in the first quarter and stayed in front the rest of the game.

E.D. White was able to keep the game close, trailing 10-9 after the first quarter and 21-15 at halftime.

Brusly extended its lead in the third quarter by outscoring E.D. White 9-6 for a 30-21 lead.

The Cardinals (6-10, 0-1) opened the fourth quarter with a 7-2 run to make it a 32-28 game with 4:01 left to play. Brusly was able to protect its lead by making 8-of-9 from the free throw line in the final two minutes.

Jackson and Michael Grant each finished with 11 points for Brusly.

Stephen LeBouef scored 14 points for E.D. White, while Logan Gravois had 10 for the Cardinals.

ST. JAMES 51, PORT ALLEN 50 (BOYS)

At Port Allen, the Wildcats improved to 14-3 and 1-0 in District 7-3A after trailing 24-23 at halftime.

Jared Wiggins led St. James with 19 points.

Port Allen fell to 9-6 and 0-1 in district.

ST. JAMES 41, PORT ALLEN 34 (GIRLS)

At Port Allen, the Lady Wildcats (4-16) picked up a win in their District 7-3A opener.

St. James led 17-7 after the first quarter and extended it to 25-13 at halftime and 33-17 after three quarters.