Terriers hold off Gators, 65-57


BOURG — Every time the Vandebilt Catholic Terriers went to for the kill shot, the South Terrebonne Gators answered with a shot of their own.

But a key run in the second quarter (8-0) and two 6-0 runs in the third quarter proved to be just enough for the Terriers to leave Bourg with a 65-57 District 8-4A win on Friday night.

Vandebilt coach Henry Washington credited the Gators for keeping the game in question all night.

"It's a big win for us, but at this point, any win is big," he said. "We made the plays defensively and got steals, but we didn't know what to do with them. We couldn't put the game away."

Despite a game-high 28 points from Chandler Arceneaux, the Gators' late rally fell just short.

South Terrebonne coach David Neal said his team was in position to make plays, but just couldn't get it done.

"We had the chance to take the lead a number of times but we couldn't execute," he said. "We were there. We played hard for the whole game but just missed on some opportunities."

The Gators opened the game with an 11-9 lead thanks to two Arecenaux 3-pointers.

However, 10 first-quarter points from Elijah McGuire (23 overall) put the Terriers in control 16-12 entering the second quarter.

Both teams traded a series of baskets in the second, but when the Terriers made it 21-19 following a bucket by Patrick Wilson (17 points) before the 8-0 Vandebilt run was capped off by a three pointer from Gabe Huber to put the Terriers on top 29-19.

A 4-0 Gator run, capped off by an Arceneaux bucket cut the Terrier lead to 29-23 at halftime.

"Chandler hit some big shots for us," Neal said. "He helped keep us in the game."

South Terrebonne closed the gap to 30-28 in the third following four quick points from Wilson, but Lionhart Leslie (19 points) responded when he was fouled going for the layup. Both the shot and ensuing free throw were successful the Terriers increased their lead to 33-28 with 5:40 to play.

An Arceneaux free throw pulled the Gators within four, 33-29, before the first 6-0 of the quarter put Vandebilt in the lead 39-29.

When the Gators pulled within four following five points from Wilson, Vandebilt used the second 6-0 run of the quarter behind four points from Payton Barrios (six overall) to pull ahead by 10 again, 45-35.

The Gators pulled within eight, 47-39 entering the final quarter following another Arceneaux free throw.

"South Terrebonne would not go away," Washington said. "Everytime we'd make a play, they would come back and hit a wide open three to put themselves back in the game."

South Terrebonne would use a 5-0 run following a 3-pointer by Wilson and a bucket by Arceneaux to pull within six, 52-46 with 4:14 to play but failed to get any closer the rest of the night.

The Terriers used four straight points from McGuire to take a 57-47 lead with under three minutes to play on their way to the eight point win.

Damion Charles also contributed to the Gators with nine points.

VANDEBILT CATHOLIC 59, SOUTH TERREBONNE 28 (GIRLS)

At Bourg, the Lady Terriers jumped out to an 18-0 lead after one quarter of play and coasted to the 22-point route in District 8-4A action on Friday night.

Sadie Murrell (22 points) and Cassidy Barrios (10 points) led the surge for Vandebilt, which did not allow a bucket until four minutes into the second quarter.

The Lady Terriers led 32-4 at halftime and led 48-12 after three quarters.

Vandebilt coach Kahty Luke said the game provided her team a chance to get over Thursday night's loss to state power Warren Easton.

"Last night is over and this was our chance to get over that," she said. "I thought we played with a little bounce in our step, I thought we looked good offensively. It's a district win, and those are the most important."

Blare Pellegrin led the Lady Gators seven points.

HOUMA CHRISTIAN 57, ST. MARTIN'S 54 (BOYS)

At Metairie, the Warriors, ranked seventh in Class 1A, got 22 points from Nate Frye and 10 points from Guy Campbell in moving to 12-8 overall and 4-1 in District 10-1A.

The Warriors led 19-11 after the first quarter, 37-20 at halftime and 43-40 at the end of the third quarter.

Keamon Sims added nine points for Houma Christian.

COVENANT CHRISTIAN ACADMEY 73, HAYNES ACADEMY 40 (BOYS)

At Gray, the Lions improved to 13-4 and got 28 points from Datren Williams, 13 points, six steals and five assists from Mark George and nine points from Jordan McKay.

The Lions led 33-18 at halftime.