Terrebonne rallies to top Lady Tarpons
Wed. January 30, 2013 at 11:22 a.m. | By Kelly McElroy/Staff Writer
Terrebonne's Kendra Davis (above) and South Lafourche's Jodi Loupe battle for the loose ball during Tuesday's District 7-5A game in Houma. (Photo by Benjamin Oliver Hicks/Staff)
After the first quarter against South Lafourche on Tuesday night, the Terrebonne Lady Tigers were on pace to finish the game in single digits on the scoreboard.
But Terrebonne overcame that slow start and took a key District 8-5A victory instead.
Despite a two-point first quarter, the Lady Tigers rallied for the 43-38 win that pushed their record to 15-11 overall and 6-3 in district.
South Lafourche (6-10 overall, 4-4 in district) led 13-2 after the first quarter and 22-13 at halftime, but could not put Terrebonne away in the first half.
"We have been fighting that all year. We have a big first half, and we come out very lackadaisical (in the second half)," Lady Tarpons coach Terry Jones said. "We don't have a killer instinct, and it's too late in the season for us to develop that."
Terrebonne struggled shooting early, but got its inside game and pressure defense going as the game moved on.
"They kind of packed the paint on us, and did not let us get the ball into the paint, but we could not knock down any shots," Brown said. "We could not buy a bucket, but the girls stepped up and played great defense in the second quarter and in the second half, and we were able to get some easy buckets."
Terrebonne closed the gap to 26-23 on a layup by Waneka Robinson at the end of the third quarter and overtook South Lafourche for good with an 8-0 run to start the fourth quarter for a 31-26 advantage.
The Lady Tigers used both a full-court and a half-court press to force turnovers and slow the Lady Tarpons.
"I am disappointed because it is a district loss, but my biggest disappointment is that we did not take care of the ball," Jones said. "We had too many indecisions on where to throw the ball, and when they doubled teamed us no one came to the ball. They all ran away. It was disappointing."
South Lafourche, which got 14 points from Jodi Loupe, got as close as 31-28 in the fourth quarter, but the Lady Tigers took care of the ball and made eight free throws in the final period to preserve the victory.
"We did a good job of securing the win by knocking down free throws when they started to foul," Brown said. "We have been working on free throws, and we got some to go late in the game."
Robinson led Terrebonne with 18 points, and Darian Dees added 13 points.
"At the beginning of the game we were kind of playing our own ball, and not playing as a team," Robinson said. "We needed to come together as a team to get this win."
SOUTH LAFOURCHE 62, TERREBONNE 47 (BOYS)
At Houma, the game was tied at 38 entering the fourth quarter, but Terrebonne failed to score again until there was 2:20 left in the game, and South Lafourche improved 14-9 overall and 5-3 in District 7-5A.
South Lafourche got 33 points from Treavon Evans.
"He got that against a box-and-one, and we bracketed him in our zone," Terrebonne coach Derek Szush said. "We threw big guys at him and small guys at him. He got his points efficiently."
Terrebonne (11-15, 3-6 in district) led 10-8 after the first quarter, and the Tarpons led 22-20 at halftime.
"We started off slow, but coach came in there and talked to us at halftime, and that helped us pick it up," Evans said. "It was a key win."
Shawn Cheramie added 11 points for the Tarpons, who outscored Terrebonne 24-9 in the fourth quarter.
"I think we rebounded great in the fourth quarter and did a good job of getting in the bonus, and we knocked down some free throws and extended the lead a little bit," Tarpons coach Brian Callais said. "We were able to spread the court and got a couple of easy buckets late. We went to a different defense and that kick started us in that fourth quarter. It was a good win for us."
William Moses led Terrebonne with 15 points, and Ezell Gardner added 12 points.
"We didn't shoot it well, but we got good, quality shots," Szush said. "South Lafourche is a good team. They are extremely well-coached and a solid club."