Central Lafourche streaks past Grace King


Myles Barr

Sports Correspondent

MATHEWS — Central Lafourche used a rally right before halftime to pull off a 54-36 win over Grace King at the Crystal Guidry Memorial Tournament on Tuesday.

The Lady Trojans opened the game in a full court press, catching Grace King off guard as Trudy Adams had two steals in the opening minute alone. Tamia Danos, who had 15 points, 12 rebounds and two steals, was 4-for-4 from the field in the opening quarter as Central Lafourche jumped out to a 17-4 lead.

Grace King answered back in the second quarter with a hailstorm of 3-pointers, making four in a row, to only trail the Lady Trojans, 21-18.

But Central Lafourche answered back with precision passing and ball control to find their shots.

On consecutive plays, Taylor Kimball (12 points, six rebounds, five assists, three steals) found Adams (10 points, three rebounds, two assists and a block) open for 3-point shots. Sadie Pinell also made one of her 3-point shots to help the Trojans pull away 34-18 at the half.

First-year Central Lafourche coach Arien Faucett said she had to think on her feet to keep Grace King from seizing the momentum and the lead.

"Our rotations were so slow and they were just eating us alive from the 3," Faucett said. "At that point I changed up defenses and went from a zone to a man. I felt that contained them better. They have some quick guards."

Grace King was led by Waynenisha Dearman (eight points, four steals, two assists) and Naya Copeland (11 points).

Faucett was proud of how Central Lafourche (2-5) finished at the tournament.

"I liked our hustle," Faucett said. "We were taking care of the ball better. We were moving better. We had all of our personnel back (from volleyball and from injuries). (Tuesday) was the first day we were able to play our starting five. We've grown up a lot this week, playing 7 games in 7 days. We've played some talented schools. I think the girls have grown and have taken everything in stride and we've taken a few licks but we're getting it together."

After losing to Assumption on Monday at the tournament, Danos was glad to see her team put a notch in the win column.

"We did a lot better," Danos said. "Everybody was hustling."

Central Lafourche's Taylor Kimball was awarded the Trojan Leader Award for the tournament. The tournament is named after Crystal Guidry, a former All-District basketball player whose life was tragically cut short in an accident in 1999.

"It means a lot to me," Kimball said. "Knowing that I showed the leadership that they were looking for (in the award), it is a great honor."

 

ASSUMPTION 54,

HAYNES ACADEMY 36 (GIRLS)

At the Crystal Guidry Tournament in Mathews, the Lady Mustangs moved to 4-0 on the season behind 30 points from tournament MVP Amanda Gianelloni.

The Lady Mustangs led 14-5 after the first quarter, 30-8 at halftime and 48-24 at the end of the third quarter. Kayla Williams chipped in with eight points for Assumption.

 

HOUMA CHRISTIAN WINS TWO

At the Crystal Guidry Tournament in Mathews, the Lady Warriors (2-1) picked up a 46-32 win over Haynes Academy and a 46-37 win over Thomas Jefferson on Tuesday.

Against Haynes Alisia Johnson scored 11 points and Hannah Naquin added six, and against Thomas Jefferson Naquin had 19 points and Johnson added 13 points.