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Lady Cardinals win to stay perfect in District 7-3A


E.D. White Catholic's Jordan Gros (23) grabs the loose ball between a pair of St. Charles Catholic defenders during Tuesday's game in Thibodaux. (Photo by Abby Tabor/Staff)


The E.D. White Catholic Lady Cardinals ran their District 7-3A record to 5-0, taking an easy 54-24 win against St. Charles Catholic on Tuesday.

The Lady Comets took a 2-0 lead to start the game, but Genna Larose (11 points) hit a 3-poiner to give E.D. White (20-3 overall, ranked fifth in the Louisiana Sports Writers Association's Class 3A poll) the lead for good. Emily Weimer, who led all scorers with 17, followed that with a short jumper as the Lady Cardinals scored on five consecutive possessions to open up a 10-3 lead.

Meanwhile, E.D. White's full-court trap defense gave the Lady Comets (4-18, 0-5 in district) fits all night. Ten first-quarter turnovers led to a 16-8 E.D. White lead after one.

"They were trapping us and pressing us," St. Charles Catholic coach Larry Bettencourt said. "We didn't handle that well at all, and when we did, we couldn't get a decent shot off."

The Lady Cardinals blew the game open in a 22-4 second quarter. Jordan Gros (12 points) took an inbounds pass from Weimer to score, and Weimer followed that with a layup during an 8-0 run.

Courtney Snyder (nine points) hit back-to-back jumpers around the five minute mark for St. Charles' only points of the quarter.

E.D. White's defense continued to shut down St. Charles, forcing seven turnovers in the Lady Comets' last 12 possessions of the second quarter. The turnovers led to points, as E.D. White converted on seven of their last nine second-quarter possessions. Gros and Larose each had a 3-pointer, and Gros added two foul shots as the Lady Cardinals took a 37-12 lead into halftime.

"We were able to get into a little rhythm with our defense," E.D. White coach Darrin Fontz said. "It was the kind of game we needed. We played a cleaner game than we've been playing. We eliminated a lot of the turnovers. We got some easy shots out of the press. We did what we needed to do."

Weimer hit from inside and outside on back-to-back possessions as E.D. White opened up a 30-point lead to start the fourth quarter. Julia Cupit (12 points) got six of those back before E.D. White hit the last four for a 47-19 lead.

The Lady Cardinal defense held St. Charles to eight field goals in the game, and three of six from the foul line. E.D. White was 12 of 20 from the charity stripe.

E.D. WHITE CATHOLIC 56, ST. CHARLES CATHOLIC 40 (BOYS)

At Thibodaux, E.D. White (7-14, 1-4 in district) got its first district win with a 16-point victory over St. Charles Catholic, breaking a seven-game losing streak in the process.

"This is a good win for us, for our young guys," E.D. White coach Jonathan Kieffe said. "We haven't won in a long time. We continue to practice hard and have a good attitude."

The Cardinals opened up a 10-3 lead to start the game, scoring on their first four possessions. But the offense went cold after that, leading to a 10-7 first-quarter lead.

"That's just a product of being young," Kieffe said. "We've been fighting inconsistency possession-to-possession all year long. We're especially young at the guard position. It's getting better, we're playing better for longer periods of time, but it's tough when you don't have the results to see for it."

E.D. White opened up the second quarter hot, scoring on four of five possessions. Kairon Brooks, who lead all scorers with 16, hit back-to-back 3-pointers and Stephen LeBouef (eight points) drove the baseline for a layup as the Cardinals opened up a seven-point lead midway through the second quarter. St. Charles closed that to three before Brooks hit a 3-pointer for a 29-23 Cardinal lead at half.

Logan Gravois (12 points) hit on a putback, a drive down the lane and a jumper to open the third quarter and give the Cardinals their largest lead of the game to that point at 35-23. But Brooks floated a jumper and Thomas Clement (eight points) hit a 3-pointer, and then another at the one minute mark, putting the Cardinals up by 12 at the end of three, 44-32.

Brooks hit two free throws with one minute left to make the lead 14, and Brooks scored at the buzzer.

Kameron Keller led St. Charles with 12 points, while Brady Belker had eight. Jeff Keys and Tivione Bigham each chipped in seven.

ST. JAMES 73, DONALDSONVILLE 63 (BOYS)

At Donaldsonville, the Wildcats are ranked fifth in Class 3A and improved to 18-3 overall and 5-0 in District 7-3A. Andre Mitchell (16 points), Jared Wiggins (15 points), Jason Favorite (13 points), Brian Winchester (12 points) and Owen Mumphrey (11 points) led St. James in scoring.

The Wildcats led 21-11 at halftime, 34-27 at halftime and 50-47 at the end of the third quarter.

In girls action, the Lady Wildcats won to improve to 6-17 overall and 2-2 in District 7-3A.