Defense key as Thibodaux wins special playoff
Thu. February 14, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. | By Perry Pitre/Sports Correspondent
Thibodaux's defense was aggressive from the beginning, but the pressure didn't start to pay dividends until the second quarter, as it ran away from Terrebonne, 48-28, in a special playoff game on Wednesday night to determine second place in District 7-5A.
Both teams finished the season with 8-4 records in district play, tied for second place. New Iberia won the district title with a 12-0 record.
Thibodaux's Kevonshae Walter set the defensive tone early with three steals on Terrebonne's first four possessions for a quick 4-0 lead. But Wanika Robinson hit from outside and Kendra Davis hit from inside to tie it up. The two teams traded turnovers, missed shots and the occasional basket for a 10-10 tie after one quarter.
That's when things began to change. Darian Dees hit a layup and a 3-pointer to put Terrebonne up 13-11, but then Thibodaux's offense came to life.
Alexis Becnel put back her own miss to tie the game. Elise Plaisance, who led all scorers with 13 points, hit a baseline jumper to put Thibodaux ahead for good. Eris Stove was 4-for-4 from the line, and Kiara Triggs hit back to back layups for a 14-0 run before Terrebonne could get on the board again late in the quarter. Thibodaux went into halftime up 25-15.
"We can defend," Thibodaux coach Damon Robinson said. "We can definitely defend. We're small, we're athletic, we play hard. It comes down to making shots. If we're making shots, we're a tough out. Even though we went through a dry spell in the third quarter, our defense kept us in it."
Plaisance hit a baseline 3-pointer to start the third quarter, and Walter followed that up with a put back to put Thibodaux up 30-17. But the baskets dried up for Thibodaux and never really got started for Terrebonne, who managed seven points in the quarter for a 32-22 Thibodaux lead going into the fourth.
"No excuses. We just couldn't find the bucket," Terrebonne coach Gus Brown said. "We just couldn't get into an offensive flow. Thibodaux's defense is pretty good."
Thibodaux's offense wasn't exactly flowing, but the Lady Tigers kept finding the basket. Jocelyn Diggs hit a couple of jumpers to start the fourth, and Plaisance hit from inside twice for a 40-26 lead. Thibodaux ended the game on an 8-2 run.
Triggs had eight points for Thibodaux, while Diggs and Stove each chipped in seven. Four Terrebonne players had four points each.
The Louisiana High School Athletic Association will release the boys and girls playoff brackets in all classes later today.