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Lady Trojans' rally comes up short


MATHEWS — The Central Lafourche Lady Trojans closed big New Iberia leads twice but came up short, dropping a 60-50 decision against the Lady Yellow Jackets Friday.

New Iberia opened up a 16-8 lead after one quarter, and made it 18-8 to open the second. But Central Lafourche (12-9 overall, 1-5 in District 7-5A) responded with a 6-0 run on back-to-back jumpers from Kierranika Duncan (11 points) and Saterria Duncan (six points), along with a putback from Sloane Robichaux to close to within four.

But New Iberia (21-4, 5-0 in district) closed the quarter with a 10-0 run. Moesha Kinard, who led all scorers with 25, was dominant under the boards, scoring on two putbacks and a layup. Uri Jolivette (12 points) added a couple of short jumpers, and the Lady Yellow Jackets went into the locker room up 33-17.

"(New Iberia) is a really good team," Central Lafourche coach Brett Smith said. "They've got a lot of athletes on that team. They've got three, four, five players who can really play."

Central Lafourche held their ground in the third quarter, but could not make up any. With the score at 40-25, New Iberia opened it up again, with Kinard leading the way on a nine-point run to make it 52-27 at the end of three.

New Iberia made it 54-27 on a Jolivette layup with 5:32 left, and it looked like it was over. But that's when Josie Cortez, who led Central with 14 points despite not scoring until the fourth quarter, found her 3-point stroke. Her first 3-pointer finished off a 10-0 Lady Trojan run to make it 54-39 with three minutes left.

Kierra Anthony (11 points) hit a short jumper to make the lead 17 again, but Cortez hit two long 3-pointers in a row to cut it to 11. Cortez's fourth 3-pointer of the quarter cut the lead to eight with 30 seconds left, but New Iberia hit their foul shot to take the 10 point win.

"We started playing as a team and we got our courage back," Cortez said.

New Iberia coach Robert Pinckney said inconsistency has been a problem with his team all year.

"We haven't put together a 32-minute game this season," Pinckney said. "We have quarters and halves where we look good, then we have quarters and halves where we look really bad."

NEW IBERIA 54, CENTRAL LAFOURCHE 33 (BOYS)

At Mathews, Central Lafourche's shooting woes continued as the Trojans dropped a 21 point decision to New Iberia.

"First quarter, we had open shots but they weren't dropping," Central Lafourche coach Robert Briscoe said. "Defensively, we did a good job. Second quarter, they started putting some pressure on us, and when we get pressure, we tend to turn the ball over a lot and get out of sync."

Central Lafourche led 5-4 at the end of a first quarter in which neither team could get shots to drop. But New Iberia started to find the range in the second quarter, outscoring the Trojans 25-10 to take a 29-15 lead into halftime.

The Yellow Jackets blew it open in the third quarter, opening with a 12-2 run to lead 46-22 at the end of three.

Dillon Mandeville led New Iberia with 15 points, while Mike Sam had 13 and Demuane Dugas chipped in 11. John Paul Williams led Central Lafourche with seven.