Thibodaux girls pull away from Terrebonne


Thibodaux's Eris Stove (12) drives to the basket as Terrebonne's Waneka Robinson (21) defends during Friday's game. (Photo by Chris Heller/Staff)


All season long, Thibodaux coach Damon Robinson said he has preached to his team the importance of keeping the pressure on its opponents.

Friday night against Terrebonne, that philosophy led to a late 12-0 fourth-quarter run as Thibodaux pulled away for the 61-51 win in District 7-5A basketball action in Houma.

It was a much-needed win for Thibodaux, who climbed back into the district race at 2-2 (11-8 overall).

"We are in shape and can play that style for four quarters," Robinson said. "We didn't play as well as we are capable, but we can keep the pressure on all game. This is a hard place to win. Terrebonne hasn't one multiple district titles for nothing. They know how to win and to come out of here with a win is huge."

Trailing 43-40 entering the final quarter, Thibodaux seemed haunted by a slew of missed free throws, shooting a 15-29 from the line on the night.

But, Thibodaux went 6-for-9 down the stretch from the charity stripe, including 5-for-8 during the 12-0 run to secure the win.

"We missed a lot of shots in the third quarter but really made up for it in the fourth," Robinson said. "We just need to get back in the gym and correct a few things."

Elise Plaisance had six of her 12 points in the final four minutes, while Eris Stove chipped in four of her 12 during the final run as well, as Thibodaux out-scored Terrebonne 14-4 in the final four minutes to put the game away.

Terrebonne was out-scored 21-8 in the fourth quarter thanks to the intensity of Thibodaux's defense, Terrebonne coach Gus Brown said.

Brown credited Thibodaux's defense for keeping his team off balanced when it mattered.

"(Thibodaux) did a great job of keeping the pressure in us all game long and we didn't handle it well," he said. "We kept up in the second and third quarters but got tired in the fourth quarter."

Thibodaux closed out the first quarter on a 5-0 run, missing three of six free throws in the process to take a narrow 14-10 lead into the second.

However, Terrebonne (14-9, 4-1 in district) responded in the second thanks to a 5-0 run and two 4-0 runs, as six points from Darian Dees (16 points) to take a 27-25 lead at halftime.

Dees took over for Terrebonne in the third, scoring eight more points and pulling her team ahead by as many as six, 39-33 with four minutes to play.

But back-to-back buckets by Cherise Brown (11 points) and Stove eventually pulled Thibodaux within three, 43-40 entering the fourth quarter. Thibodaux had their worst quarter in the game, going three-for-10 from the line despite seven points in the quarter from Shea Walter, who finished with a game-high 22 points.

"We had or typical third quarter drought," Robinson said. "It's something we have to fix. We were still able to out-rebound (Terrebonne) in the third which was a big reason why we kept ourselves in the game."

Roynish James (12 points) Waneka Robinson (11 points) and Kendra Davis (eight points) helped contribute for Terrebonne, while Thibodaux also had assistance from Miante Guidry (five points) in the win.

TERREBONNE 65,  THIBODAUX 61, OT (BOYS)

At Houma, four quarters just weren't enough to contain the action between Terrebonne and Thibodaux.

Erin Harris scored the final three points for Terrebonne, including coming up with a crucial steal in the waning seconds to help Terrebonne secure the four-point win.

"He's really come out of his shell," Terrebonne coach Derek Szush said. "But this is a great team win. They kept their composure even when Thibodaux took the lead late in the fourth. We matured as a team (Friday night). They did what they were coached to do."

Thibodaux lead 17-12 after the first quarter before Terrebonne regained the lead at halftime 34-31. Terrebonne carried a narrow 45-43 lead into the fourth quarter.

Trevon Cole went to the line with 15 seconds remaining and Thibodaux down 56-55. Cole nailed one of two free throws to tie the game and send it into overtime.

A Ravaughn Wesley layup with four seconds to play in overtime sealed the win for Terrebonne.

Harris lead Terrebonne with 15, while Elray Duncan carried Thibodaux with 22 points.

NEW IBERIA 58, SOUTH LAFOURCHE 39 (BOYS)

At New Iberia, the Tarpons dropped their first District 7-5A game of the season on Friday.

New Iberia (16-5, 3-1 in district) led 18-6 after the first quarter and never looked back, leading 33-16 at halftime and 36-25 after three quarters.

Wilbert Rhodes led the Tarpons (12-7, 3-1 in district) with 13 points, and Shawn Cheramie added 12.

NEW IBERIA 40, SOUTH LAFOURCHE 32 (GIRLS)

At New Iberia, the Lady Tarpons fell to 4-9 overall, 2-2 in district with Friday's loss.

Jodi Loupe led South Lafourche with seven points.

WESTGATE 73, CENTRAL LAFOURCHE 31 (BOYS)

At Mathews, John Paul Williams scored 13 points for the Trojans (5-14, 0-4) on Friday.

CENTRAL LAFOURCHE 59, WESTGATE 42 (BOYS)

At Mathews, the Lady Trojans picked up their first District 7-5A win of the season on Friday.

The score was tied at 10 after the first quarter, but Central Lafouche (12-7, 1-3 in district) started to pull away by taking a 23-18 lead at halftime and 42-30 after three quarters.

Saterria Lawson led the Lady Trojans with 14 points, and Kierranika Duncan added 13 points. Trudy Adams finished with 11 points, 15 rebounds and five blocks.