Westgate streaks past Braves


H.L. Bourgeois' Isaac Allridge (12) controls the ball as Westgate's Kaleb Ratcliff defends during Monday's District 7-5A finale in Gray. (Photo by Abby Tabor/Staff)


GRAY — H.L. Bourgeois wanted to be known as the sole champion representing District 7-5A.

But to hold that title, the Braves had to get past district rival Westgate on Monday.

H.L. Bourgeois erased a 17-point first-half deficit and trailed only by two points in the fourth quarter, but the missed shots and turnovers that caused it to fall behind earlier in the game came back in the end.

The Tigers held off a late Braves rally to pick up a 73-64 victory.

Westgate's win forced a three-way tie atop the district standings with H.L. Bourgeois (22-8 overall, 9-3 in district) and New Iberia. After the game, coaches from all three schools flipped a coin to determine the first and second place representatives from the district.

H.L. Bourgeois coach Andrew Caillouet said the Braves were the first team eliminated from the coin flip, meaning they are the third-place team from the district for playoff seeding purposes. Westgate (20-7, 9-3) and New Iberia (23-7, 9-3) were then left and it was decided by the coaches that Westgate would finish first and New Iberia would finish second, according to Tigers coach Oliver Winston.

H.L. Bourgeois led 15-14 after the first quarter, but Westgate took advantage of its size in the paint and eight Braves turnovers to hold a 38-22 advantage at halftime. Westgate outscored H.L. Bourgeois 24-7 in the second quarter. 

H.L. Bourgeois had 19 turnovers, which took it out of its offense and got the Tigers going with easy transition baskets.

Caillouet said Westgate's pressure defense had a lot to do with the Tigers' big second quarter run. 

"We had a lull there in the second quarter, which we got to expect," Caillouet said. "You're not going to shoot lights out the whole night. We just had way too many unforced errors. They are a good quality team, and we just didn't do what was necessary to win."

In the third quarter, H.L. Bourgeois started to crawl back in the game by getting to the foul line. With Westgate in the bonus, H.L. Bourgeois hit 11-of-17 free throws in the third quarter alone to cut the deficit to 52-47 at the end of the period.

The Braves got a 3-pointer from Keith Frost on the first play of the fourth quarter to make it 52-50 Westgate.

Trailing 60-57 with 3:37 left, H.L. Bourgeois had a chance to tie it, but two consecutive turnovers hurt its chances. Westgate took advantage of the Braves' miscues to close out the game on a 13-7 run.

Winston said the Tigers were able to use their size in the paint to grab rebounds and get second chance opportunities.

"We knew they were going to make a run," Winston said. "They made a great run and knocked down a lot of 3's. It was just a matter of us regrouping and getting our hands up and going back to what got us the lead by dumping the ball down low in the paint to our big guys."

Isaac Allridge led H.L. Bourgeois with 22 points, while Frost had 11 points and Isiah Van Buren added 10 points.

Westgate had five players score in double digits, getting 18 points from Trevontre Williams, 14 points from Doug Henry, 13 points from Trevon Davis, 12 points from Kaleb Ratcliff and 10 points from Chris JeanLouis.

The Braves will find out their playoff future on Thursday, as they will enter the postseason with two straight losses.

"You don't want to go into the playoffs on two straight losses, but it is what it is," Caillouet said. "We've got a week to regroup. We're going to take a couple of days off and let it all settle in. When we come back to practice on Thursday, we'll know where we fall. Now we've got to go out and get ready play."

WESTGATE 41, H.L. BOURGEOIS 29 (GIRLS)

At Gray, the Lady Braves ended the season with a 4-23 overall record (1-11 in district) with Monday's loss.

Westgate raced out to a 14-2 lead after the first quarter and led 23-9 at halftime and 33-19 after the third quarter.

Jerin Babineaux led H.L. Bourgeois with nine points, and Ciara Williams and Kiara Freeman each finished with six points.

NEW IBERIA 56, CENTRAL LAFOURCHE 37 (BOYS)

At New Iberia, the Trojans got 17 points from Ramon Robertson and finished the season at 5-22 overall and 0-12 in district.

New Iberia improved to 23-7 overall and 9-3 in district.

In girls action, the Lady Trojans fell to 15-12 overall and 4-8 in district with the 7-5A loss.

HELEN COX 61, TERREBONNE 49 (BOYS)

At Harvey, the Tigers ended their season at 11-19 overall after the nondistrict loss. Terrebonne got 14 points and 11 rebounds from William Moses and 10 points from Kavaughn Wesley.

Cox improved to 20-11.