Senior guard scores 40 to lift Tarpons past Trojans
Wed. January 09, 2013 at 11:01 a.m. | By Perry Pitre/Sports Correspondent
South Lafourche's Treavon Evans (11) drives to the basket as Central Lafourche's Jeremiah Ballard (21) defends during Tuesday's District 7-5A game in Mathews.
MATHEWS — South Lafourche senior guard Treavon Evans scored a career-high 40 points, but none were more important than the first two, and the last two.
Evans, who was 16-of-19 from the free throw line, sank two with 5.5 seconds left as the Tarpons took a 57-56 District 7-5A win over Central Lafourche Wednesday.
Those last two shots, though, would have been meaningless without the first two, which Evans made before the game had even started.
Central Lafourche (5-13, 03) was hit with a technical foul for dunking during pregame warm-ups, which is a violation of the Louisiana High School Athletic Association's rules.
So instead of starting the game with a jump ball, South Lafourche (12-6 overall, 3-0 in district) got two fouls shots before time started and possession of the ball.
"No, not at all," South Lafourche coach Brian Callais said when asked if he thought the pregame free throws would be the difference in the game. "Dunking during warm-ups or halftime is a technical foul, so we were fortunate to start off the game with those two free throws. We missed so many shots inside and turned the ball over. But you have to give Central Lafourche credit. They made some big shots and played a hell of a game."
The Trojans (5-13, 0-3 in district came out hot. Jeremiah Ballard's 3-pointer, which would have been good from NBA range, made it 13-6 midway through the first.
But while the Tarpons were cold, Evans kept pace, scoring 12 of South Lafourche's 14 first-quarter points to make it 16-14 at the end of one.
"This is the best we've played all season," Central Lafourche coach Robert Briscoe said. "We've been preaching to the guys that we've got to play four quarter, and this is the first time we played four quarters of basketball."
Central Lafourche cooled off in the second quarter, with their first five possessions leading to three turnovers and two misses. Evans tied the game with a layup, and gave the Tarpons the lead with a tip in of a missed free throw.
Sherman Robinson (16 points) tied the game with two free throws, but Evans hit a layup and two foul shots to give South Lafourche a four point lead. Sherman's 33 closed it to one, but John Paul Williams (24 points) hit a 3-pointer, a putback and a layup as the Trojans finished the first half on a 7-3 run, giving Central Lafourche a 31-27 lead at halftime.
Wilbert Rhodes and Silas Griffin hit back-to-back layups to tie the game as the third quarter opened. Robinson's 3-pointer put the Trojans back up, but Griffin and Rhodes hit again on back-to-back shots, putting South Lafourche up by one. That margin held until the end of the third quarter with South Lafourche up 44-43.
Rhodes' layup and four Evans free throws gave South Lafourche its largest lead of the game at 52-46 with five minutes left. But Central countered with a Robinson 3-pointer, and Williams hit from inside and made the free throw to tie it up at 52. Williams hit from inside putting Central up by 2, but Justin Toups put the Tarpons back up by one with a 3-pointer, his only points of the game.
Williams countered to put the Trojans back up by one, but Evans went inside, drew the foul, and sank the winning free throws with five seconds left. Central had a last shot but could not convert.
"(Evans) wanted the ball tonight," Callais said. "Our plan was to get it inside. We wanted to get to the free throw line. But (Evans) was possessed tonight. He left it all on the floor."
Evans said he just did what he does in practice.
"Coach has us shooting ten free throws twice a practice, and then at the end we shoot 25 more. So for those last two I just thought about how we do it in practice."
SOUTH LAFOURCHE 42, CENTRAL LAFOURCHE 37 (GIRLS)
At Mathews, South Lafourche ran its district record to 2-1 while the Lady Trojans dropped to 0-3 as South Lafourche took a hard fought five-point win.
South Lafourche led 8-7 after one quarter but outscored the Lady Trojans 11-5 in the second quarter for a 19-12 halftime lead.
The Lady Tarpons ran the lead up to 13, 33-20 at the end of the third quarter, but Central came roaring back in the fourth quarter with a 10-2 run to cut the lead to five. Tristan Plaisance hit from inside to put South Lafourche up by seven, but Central hit the next seven to tie the game at 37 all with 20 seconds left.
That's when Brooke Sampey (15 points) hit a short baseline jumper off a nice assist by Christa Molinare to put South Lafourche up by two. The Lady Tarpons hit 3-of-4 fouls shots in the final seconds to put the game away.
Kierranika Duncan led the Lady Trojans with 15 points, while Saterria Lawson had 11.
Moliniare and Jodi Loupe each had nine for South Lafourche.
WESTGATE 73, THIBODAUX 62 (BOYS)
At New Iberia, Westgate improved to 12-6 overall and 2-2 in District 7-5A, and Thibodaux dropped to 9-10 and 0-3 in district.
Westgate led 20-12 after the first quarter, 39-26 at halftime and 57-37 at the end of the third quarter.
Thibodaux got 18 points from Trevon Cole and 14 points from Elray Duncan.
WESTGATE 51, THIBODAUX 48 (GIRLS)
At New Iberia, Westgate improved to 9-11 overall and 1-3 in District 7-5A, and Thibodaux fell to 10-8 and 1-1 in district.