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Quick start lifts Lady Patriots past Assumption


Ellender's defense was too much for Assumption at times, and a big first half helped the Lady Patriots to a 51-43 victory in District 8-4A play Friday night in Houma.

Both teams flexed their defensive muscle early on, but it was Ellender who got out to the early lead. The Lady Patriots led, 10-4, near the halfway point of the first quarter as Assumption went several minutes without a basket after taking a 4-2 lead early.

By late in the period, Ellender (14-5 overall, 4-1in district) took a 12-4 lead on a 10-0 run, capped by a jump shot from Amari Banks at the 2:00 mark.

Ellender led 12-7 after the first quarter and only continued to stretch its lead before halftime. A basket from Kiara Scott made it 22-11 with 2:24 to play in the half, and by halftime the Lady Patriots had upped their lead to 13 at 26-13.

In the second half, both teams shot the ball well early in the third quarter.

Near the end of the third quarter, Assumption's Tiah Larvadain stole a pass under the basket and managed to get off a layup just before the buzzer sounded to bring the Lady Mustangs to within seven at 36-29 after three quarters.

Assumption (12-10, 2-3) trailed by 11 at one point early in the fourth quarter, but a steal and a layup by Amanda Gianelloni with four minutes to play made it a two-possession game for the first time in the half.

Moments later, Larvadain fed a pass down low to Kavrein Ward for a basket with 3:37 and it was down a two-point game at 41-39.

It was as close as Assumption would get. By the 2:00 mark, Ellender had pushed its lead back up to five at 44-39, and when Sunni Blanchard hit a layup under the basket with 1:27 to play, the Lady Patriots led by seven.

Yasmin Jacobs hit a 3-pointer with 48 seconds left to make it 47-43, but Ellender came right back and answered with a basket from Sky Jasper (eight points) to put the game out of reach.

Scott led Ellender with 14 points, and Banks and Shakira Bingham each had 10 apiece.

"Assumption played a very good game as they always do," Ellender coach Kenneth Dixon said. "For some reason, we have a tough time with them. They played really tough, and (Gianelloni) is a stone-cold player for them with lots of heart. I thought defensively, we played extremely well, but some instances, we forgot a few things and they got some easy lay-ups."

Assumption coach Julius Aucoin praised his team's effort, particularly in the second half to turn a 13-point deficit at one point into a two-point game.

"The first half, we didn't play well," Aucoin said. "In fact, we played downright bad. We had a couple of halftime adjustments and the girls just came out with more energy and focus. If we'd have played that way in the first half, I think it would have been a whole lot closer in the end."

Gianelloni had 14 points for Assumption, and Jacobs added 12.

ELLENDER 59, ASSUMPTIONS 49 (BOYS)

At Houma, Cameron Parfait had a game-high 24 points to lead Ellender (12-10, 3-2) in the District 8-4A victory. Justin Johnson added 10 points for the Patriots.

Kenyatta Charles led Assumption (3-19, 0-5) with 20 points while Tremel Jones finished second in scoring with 12 points.

Ellender led, 17-9 after the first quarter, 31-26 at halftime, and 43-34 after the third.