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Quick start helps Lady Cardinals extend winning streak


The E.D. White Catholic Lady Cardinals extended their win streak to 14 games and stayed unbeaten in District 7-3A with a 49-36 win over Donaldsonville in a game that was not as close as the score would indicate.

The Lady Cardinals (22-3 overall, 7-0 in district) opened the first quarter with a 15-1 run, with all five starters scoring. Donaldsonville didn't get a field goal until 3 minutes left in the first leading to a 15-3 advantage for E.D. White after one quarter.

"I thought this was one of our better performances of the year," E.D. White coach Darrin Fontz said. "Our starters went the first three quarters, and I was really happy with the way they played, defensively and offensively."

Even when the Lady Cardinal offense wasn't clicking, the defense completely stymied the Lady Tigers, holding Donaldsonville to four first-half field goals and forcing turnover after turnover.

"We had 30 turnovers by halftime," Donaldsonville coach Amy Blanchard said. "I just don't know what to say about this group. Our young kids, when we put them in, played with some sense of urgency, but there were times we were down by 30 and we were walking the ball up the court."

Jordan Gros, who led all scorers with 16 points, was dominant inside, despite some height on the part of the Lady Tiger defense. Gros scored the last six points of the second quarter, putting E.D. White up 29-9 at halftime.

"Jordan has had a great year," Fontz said. "She's been our inside force all year long, and we have pretty good confidence when we go to her she's either going to get to the foul line or score."

Micah Jones (nine points) hit a runner to start the fourth quarter, putting E.D. White up by 30 at 45-15. Fontz pulled most of his starters at that point, and Donaldsonville capitalized, playing mostly their second stringers, running off 14 straight points, largely behind the scoring of Inesha Smith, who led the Lady Tigers with 12 points, all in the fourth quarter.

But even with the run, Donaldsonville trailed by 15 with two minutes left. Ale Theriot's layup made it 47-30. The Lady Tigers closed to 13, but that was as close as they would get.

Fontz said he got a little worried in the fourth quarter.

"We didn't handle their pressure well with our second and third stringers in there," Fontz said. "But everything is a learning experience. As long as we get the win and nobody gets hurt, we move onto the next one."

Genna Larose had eight points for E.D. White, while Emily Weimer had seven. Patrice West had 10 for the Lady Tigers.

DONALDSONVILLE 43, E.D. WHITE CATHOLIC 33 (BOYS)

At Thibodaux, Donaldsonville used a big fourth quarter to open up what had been a tight game.

The Tigers led 12-10 at the end of the first quarter, with neither team's offense able to muster any kind of consistency. E.D. White finished the second quarter with a 6-0 run to put the Cardinals ahead 19-17 going into the locker room.

The two teams combined for five field goals in the third quarter as the offensive futility continued, leading to a 26-26 tie at the end of the third quarter.

But the shots began to fall for the Tigers in the fourth quarter, who opened with a 10-0 run with three minutes left, largely putting the game out of reach. E.D. White responded with three missed shots, two turnovers, and four missed free throws, not scoring until 2:53 remained in the game when Geoffrey Hebert (seven points) hit two free throws to close the lead to eight.

Stephen LeBouef (nine points) hit from inside to make it a six point game, but by that time, Donaldsonville was in the double bonus, and the Tigers scored their last seven from the foul line for the 10 point win.

"We got a little passive," E.D. White coach Jonathan Keife said. "We had a couple of long passes intercepted, and we had three straight turnovers that they turned into points, and it went from a tie game to a six point game just like that. We never recovered after that."

Braxton Bernard led the Tigers with 15 points, while Jeremy Jones and Jamal Jones each chipped in nine.

BRUSLY 57, ST. JAMES 46 (BOYS)

At Brusly, the No. 5 team in Class 3A Wildcats fell to the No. 6 team in Class 3A Panthers and dropped to 18-5 overall and 5-2 in District 7-3A.

The Wildcats got 14 points from Jarred Wiggins and 11 points from Andre Mitchell.

Brusly led 16-14 after the first quarter, 30-25 at halftime and 42-41 at the end of the third quarter.

ST. JAMES 56, BRUSLY 46 (GIRLS)

At Brusly, Nytinea Joseph and Kaitlyn Bartholomew each scored 20 points for St. James, and the Lady Wildcats improved to 9-17 overall and 6-1 in district. St. James led 23-11 at halftime.