Tarpons slip past Thibodaux in overtime


South Lafourche experienced a wide range of highs and lows during Friday's District 7-5A game against rival Thibodaux.

The Tarpons held the Tigers scoreless in the first quarter and jumped out to a 15-point lead. But South Lafourche's lead evaporated when Thibodaux battled back in the final three quarters and tied the game at 58 at the end of regulation to force overtime.

South Lafourche played the extra period without one of its senior stars in Treavon Evans, who left with a broken nose and a possible mild concussion. But the Tarpons hit 5-of-6 free throws in the overtime to pull off a 63-61 victory over Thibodaux.

South Lafourche coach Brian Callais said the Tarpons (13-8 overall, 4-2 in district) overcame plenty of emotions to pull off a win in a physical game against longtime rival Thibodaux (10-12, 1-5 in district).

"Thibodaux's defensive pressure caused us to play out of control at times," Callais said. "We turned the ball over way too many times. I give Thibodaux a lot of credit for not giving up and coming back and even taking a lead in the fourth quarter. We were lucky to make some big free throws at the end."

Shawn Cheramie led South Lafourche with 19 points, while Silas Griffin scored 14 points, and Evans and Seth Cheramie each had 13 points.

Evans took a shot to the head during the third quarter and left the game briefly during the third quarter. He returned to play in the fourth quarter, but Callais said the Tarpons coaching staff held him out of the overtime period because of his injuries.

Shawn Cheramie said the Tarpons kept their composure when Evans left the game.

"When (Treavon) got hurt, I think a lot of people on the bench came and stepped up," he said. "At first, it hurt to see him leave, and we were shocked to lose him, but we had some young guys step up, and they got the job done."

The Tarpons opened the game with a 15-0 lead at the end of the first quarter. Thibodaux scored its first basket of the game when Trevon Cole, who led the Tigers with 24 points, capped a three-point play with a jumper and a free-throw to make it 17-3 with 6:31 left in the second quarter. Thibodaux cut the deficit to 32-17 at halftime.

In the third quarter, Thibodaux's defense forced nine turnovers, which helped it get back in the game. With 1:35 left in the third, Cole scored a basket off a steal to tie the game for the first time at 34.

South Lafourche used points in the paint from Evans and Griffin to go up 40-37 at the end of the third quarter.

Thibodaux tied the score when Cole nailed a 3-pointer with 5:47 left, and the Tigers took their first lead of the game when Christopher Bryant (13 points) scored a layup after getting a steal with 4:02 remaining.

South Lafourche's Seth Cheramie, who scored 10 points down the stretch, helped put the Tarpons ahead 57-53 with 1:05 left to play.

Thibodaux's Natron Nora (nine points) kept the Tigers' hopes alive by hitting a 3-pointer with 52 seconds left to make it 57-56. Nora later hit the game-tying jumper with 12 seconds left to send the game to overtime tied at 58.

After the Tarpons took a 62-58 lead with 15.2 left in overtime, Thibodaux's Terrance Johnson hit a 3-pointer to cut it to a one-point game with 9.1 seconds left. Shawn Cheramie made one of two free throw attempts to put it at 63-61 late, and South Lafourche went on to get the victory when Cole's desperation 3-pointer at the buzzer fell short.

Thibodaux coach Tony Clark said the early deficit was too much for the Tigers to overcome.

"They just outplayed us," Clark said. "We fought to get back in it, but when you're down that far against a good team, that's what is hard to overcome. We kept playing and fighting, but it was too much to overcome."

THIBODAUX 51, SOUTH LAFOURCHE 23 (GIRLS)

At Thibodaux, Elise Plaisance scored 11 points in the District 7-5A win for the Lady Tigers.

Thibodaux (14-7, 5-0 in 7-5A) led 15-4 after the first quarter, 26-14 at halftime and 37-17 at the end of the third quarter.

Eris Stove added 10 points for Thibodaux, and Brooke Sampey led South Lafourche (5-10, 3-3 in district) with 10 points.

WESTGATE 95, H.L. BOURGEOIS 81 (BOYS)

At New Iberia, Westgate got off to a quick start and handed the Braves their first District 7-5A loss of the season on Friday night.

The Tigers took a 23-17 lead after the first quarter and extended it to 43-32 at halftime. Westgate led 69-62 heading into the fourth quarter.

Isaac Allridge led the Braves (18-5, 5-1 in district) with 24 points. Also scoring in double figures were Marlin Bonvillain (16), Isaiah Van Buren (12) and Ocean Jasper (10).

WESTGATE 49, H.L. BOURGEOIS 33 (GIRLS)

At New Iberia, Shannon Jones scored 15 points to lead the Lady Braves (4-16, 1-5 in District 7-5A) on Friday night.

Westgate led 9-6 after the first quarter, 20-16 at halftime and 28-26 after the third quarter.

ST. JAMES 71, ST. CHARLES CATHOLIC 30 (BOYS)

At LaPlace, Jared Wiggins scored 18 points and Andre Micthell chipped in 16 to lead the Wildcats to Friday's District 7-3A win.

The Wildcats (17-3, 4-0 in district) led 20-8 after the first quarter and extended their lead to 36-16 at halftime and 55-23 after three quarters.

ST. JAMES 71, ST. CHARLES CATHOLIC 30 (GIRLS)

At LaPlace, Tatiana Joseph scored 17 points and Dymond West added 12 to lead the Lady Wildcats to Friday's District 7-3A win.

St. James (6-17, 3-1 in district) led 18-4 after the first quarter, 23-12 at halftime and 39-20 after the third quarter.

PORT ALLEN 42, E.D. WHITE CATHOLIC 27 (BOYS)

At Port Allen, the Cardinals fell to 0-4 in District 7-3A (6-13 overall) with Friday's loss.

Geoffrey Hebert led E.D. White with eight points.

E.D. WHITE CATHOLIC 39, PORT ALLEN 32 (GIRLS)

At Port Allen, Jordan Gros scored 21 points to help the Lady Cardinals (19-3) improve to 4-0 in District 7-3A.

E.D. White led 14-7 after the first quarter, 27-14 at halftime and 31-23 after three quarters.

HOUMA CHRISTIAN 69, RIDGEWOOD PREP 57 (BOYS)

At Houma, the Warriors outscored Ridgewood 34-24 in the second half for the District 10-1A win.

Nate Frye scored 21 points to lead the Warriors (10-8, 2-1 in district). Keamon Sims finished with 17, Drake Battaglia added 14 for Houma Christian.

HOUMA CHRISTIAN 42, RIDGEWOOD PREP 4 (GIRLS)

At Houma, the Lady Warriors held Ridgewood scoreless for the first three quarters and cruised to Friday's 10-1A win.

Kira Coleman, Alicia Johnson and Faith Pierce each scored 10 points for Houma Christian (4-6, 1-2 in district).