Up to the challenge: Motivated Warriors top Grand Isle, 52-34

Keamon Sims of Houma Christian lays the ball up Thursday night as Alphonse Cassagne of Grand Isle defends. (Photo by Chris Heller/Staff)

Connor Bates had 11 points, Nate Frye and Guy Campbell had nine each, and Houma Christian used a strong showing in the second and third quarters to pull away from Grand Isle in a 52-34 nondistrict victory on Thursday in Houma.

Neither team shot the ball particularly well until the final minute of the opening period. Then Frye made a reverse layup to give the Warriors their first lead of the night at 6-4, and on Houma Christian's next trip down the floor, Bates hit a fade-away 3-pointer at the buzzer for a 9-6 Warriors lead after one quarter of play.

The Warriors (9-8 overall) began separating themselves from the Trojans (5-13) in the second quarter.

John Broussard hit a 3-pointer with just over 5 minutes to play to extend Houma Christian's lead to 15-9, and the Warriors went on to lead by 12 before the half.

A nice assist from Frye on a layup by Drake Battaglia (eight points) with just over a minute to play made it 23-12, and Houma Christian took a 25-14 lead into halftime.

The Warriors then began the second half on a tear and slowly put the game out of reach. They went on a 14-5 run to open the third quarter — their best quarter of play offensively — to grab a 39-19 lead and led 39-21 after three quarters.

In the fourth quarter, Houma Christian led by as many as 22 points. Grand Isle cut the lead to 15 late before Manny Frye hit a fade-away 3-pointer as the buzzer sounded to cap the game's scoring.

Houma Christian coach Freddie Frye said he was pleased with his team's effort and intensity Thursday, especially after feeling that the Warriors were lacking in both areas in their previous game — a 56-42 district loss to Country Day on Tuesday.

"We didn't play well against Country Day defensively, and we gave up way too many 3-pointers and didn't get after them," Coach Frye said. "There was no intensity, and I challenged the guys (Thursday) that regardless of who we're playing, it doesn't change the fact that you have to come out with a level of intensity, and I think they did that (Thursday).

The kids called a meeting prior to this game and there were some things they discussed, and one of the things they discussed was the level of intensity at this stage of the season. It showed (Thursday)."

Coach Frye said he was pleased that his team understood the importance of playing to a standard.

"It doesn't matter what level (of opponent) we're playing. You still need to play hard," Coach Frye said. "What happens is now when you're running your stuff and making hard cuts, it puts pressure on (the opponent). You want to get into a daily routine and a habit of that regardless of who your opponent is."

For Grand Isle, Alphonse Cassagne and David Camardelle had 15 points apiece to lead the Trojans in scoring.

Grand Isle got out to a 2-0 lead in the first quarter and kept the score tied at 4 until the latter stage of the period, but never led again after that.

"The first half, we just gave up too many cheap baskets and offensive rebounds," Grand Isle coach Denny Wright said. "They've got a good team, are well-coached, they move the ball well, and they have an excellent player (in Frye), so that always helps. We'll build on this and practice every day and work hard and hopefully make up for the mistakes we made and start playing better with all our guys."




At Houma, Alicia Johnson scored 12 points to lead Houma Christian to the victory in nondistrict play. Kira Coleman had nine points and Faith Pierce added seven.

The Lady Warriors led 16-0 after the first quarter, 31-6 at halftime and 37-8 after the third quarter.





At Thibodaux, the Tigers improved to 8-8-1 overall and 5-6 in District 8-I.

Goal scorers for Thibodaux were Jacob Carpentier, Victor Bimah and Tommy Thibodaux, who had a hat trick.




At Thibodaux, Heather Naquin and Courtney Hepola scored goals for the Lady Tigers in the District 8-I win.




At Houma, the Lady Braves improved to 11-3-2 overall and 6-3 in District 8-I and got a goal by Alice Deano on a corner kick with 5 minutes to play in regulation.

Ruth Gautreaux got the win in goal for the Lady Braves. The H.L. Bourgeois boys play at Westgate tonight in district action.




At Lutcher, the Lady Cardinals fell to 5-8-4 overall with the nondistrict loss. E.D. White trailed 3-1 at halftime and got its goal from Holly Bourgeois.

E.D. White will host South Terrebonne (girls at 5 p.m.) and (boys 6:45 p.m.) in a pair of District 8-II matches today.



The South Terrebonne boys and girls soccer teams will play District 8-II matches on Thursday at Morgan City after rain washed the matches out earlier in the season.


— Compiled by sports writer Kelly McElroy.