Terriers hold off Tarpons in Hall of Fame game
Mon. November 04, 2013 at 11:19 a.m. | By Keyon Jeff/Sports Correspondent
Vandebilt Catholic's Shane Thompson (right) dribbles against South Lafourche's Silas Griffin during Saturday's Hall of Fame game. (Photo by Keyon K. Jeff/Correspondent)
Vandebilt Catholic and South Lafourche each only had seven players available for Saturday's exhibition at the annual Vandebilt Catholic Hall of Fame games.
Still, it was enough to give their respective coaches a glimpse into the work-in-progress.
Vandebilt used their length on the interior and good 3-point shooting to defeat the Tarpons 60-43. Shane Thompson led the Terriers with a game-high 21 points, followed by Patrick Bond with 15 and Gabe Huber with 10.
"This was certainly an experience," Terriers head coach Michael Toups said. "I have never been part of a game where one team finished with less than five players. I certainly never thought that if my team finished the game with four that I might end up with more on the court at the very end then the opponent."
After a tight first quarter, Vandebilt began to take control early in the second period. Thompson, Bond and Palmer Hill each nailed 3-pointers to go up 18-8. The Terriers led by as much as 13 until the Tarpons Devin Comardelle (11 points) sank a 3-pointer and a trio of Seth Griffin (eight points) free throws cut South Lafourche's deficit to 29-20 at halftime.
"It was a little rough (Saturday night). We have some young kids step up, and I'm extremely proud of them," Tarpons head coach Brian Callais said. "We had two freshmen in for the first varsity experience. They did an outstanding job for us."
Thompson heated up in the third quarter, scored the first seven points and pushed Vanderbilt lead to 36-20. The Tarpons stayed close behind the free throws from Comardelle and Silas Griffin (13 points) to end the period down 39-29.
"Shane played really smart and solid at the point guard position. He took good shots, handled the ball well and had to keep his poise when he was double-teamed," Toups said. "Patrick shot the ball really well for us as well."
Play got chippy in the fourth quarter, but Vandebilt pulled away behind Bond's nine points on shots near the rim. Thompson and Huber sealed the win at the foul line.
"We gave good effort, but we still have to run our offense and not play an up and down game," Callais said. "We have some inexperienced kids that we have to work with and get better."
The coaches came away to differing problems to address before the regular season begins. Toups needs his Terriers play defense without fouling, while Callais wants the Tarpons to stick to its offensive scheme.
"We got to do a better job him of playing defense with our feet and not fouling the other team when they are so far away from their own basket," Toups said. "We don't want to put ourselves in a position where some of our players are unable to get back on court."
"We ran our offense from the first minute and a half of the game, and then we got out of it," Callais said. "We need to learn how to run our offense, stay patient and get it free throw line."
VANDEBILT CATHOLIC 55, H.L. BOURGEOIS 33 (GIRLS)
The Lady Terriers started the second half with a 13-0 run that buried the Lady Braves at the Vandebilt Catholic Hall of Fame Games.
Cassidy Barrios scored 29 points to spearhead Vandebilt, along with Kayln Kitchen (10) and Jordan Remont and Cami Guidry (eight each).
Bourgeois held a 9-6 lead midway through the first quarter. Then Barrios began dominating on the defensive end as well, jumping into the passing lanes and stripping Lady Braves of the ball seemly on every possession. Her play sparked a 23-10 burst that gave Vandebilt a 29-19 lead at halftime.
Barrios and Remont ran the pick-and-roll to perfection in the third quarter that staked Vandebilt to a 41-19 advantage midway through the period.
Jessica Coleman headed the Lady Braves effort with 12 points, followed by nine from Destiny Shelby.
H.L. BOURGEOIS 78, FONTAINEBLEAU 51 (BOYS)
The Braves led from start to finish in beating the Bulldogs.
Isaiah Van Buren and Chance Gassery led Bourgeois with 15 points each, along with Dovonte Dickerson and D'Aaron Davis who had 10 points each.
Colin Buttone scored 18 for Fontainebleau.
The Braves led 18-7 after the first quarter, 33-24 at halftime and 56-37 after the third.
SOUTH LAFOURCHE 42, MADISON PREP 23 (GIRLS)
South Lafourche scored the game's first 11 points and blanked the Lady Chargers 17-0 in the third quarter en route to the win.
Caroline Guilbeau led the Lady Tarpons with 12 points, and Tristan Plaisance scored 11.
Sherry Porter headed Madison Prep with 14 points.
South Lafourche led 11-1 after the first quarter, 14-6 at halftime, and 31-6 after the third.