West St. John storms past Terrebonne, 69-48


Roynisha James (12) of Terrebonne dribbles through the West St. John defense Tuesday during the Bayou Invitational Tournament at Ellender High School. (Photo by Keyon K. Jeff/Correspondent)


Terrebonne got off to a fast start Tuesday afternoon in their Bayou Invitational Tournament game against West St. John.

But the Lady Tigers could not hold up to the Lady Rams relentless defensive pressure and fast breaking offense as West St John stormed back for 69-48 victory at Ellender High School.

"I told my girls this could be a pivotal game for us win, lose or draw," said Lady Tigers head coach Gus Brown. "We went up against the Class 1A finalist, and they took it to us. We didn't match their intensity."

Terrebonne (1-1) took an early 5-2 advantage on an uncontested layup and a free throw by Roynisha James (18 points).

West St. John (4-0) scored seven straight behind a three pointer by Mya Trench (27 points) and a layup by Jajuan Nicholas (17 points) to take a lead they would never relinquish.

"We had a game plan going in to stop No. 11 (Trench), but she just had a field day out there," Brown explained. "We kept the ball out of her hands the first couple of minutes, but we lost it after that. We didn't take care of our assignments or stick to the game plan."

After Rayla Babin nailed a three-pointer to pulled the Lady Tigers within a point, the Lady Rams went a 19-1 run that stretched from the middle of the first quarter into the beginning of the second period.

West St. John went to a full-court press and jumped into the Terrebonne passing lanes to create turnovers and easy transition buckets. The Lady Rams took a 38-16 lead into halftime.

"The defense is our strength. We don't have any height, so we got to play good defense," said Lady Rams head coach Lester Smith. "I know we got a lot of baskets inside, but we shot the ball well from the outside too. I think we're playing pretty good right now."

West St. John kept up the intensity in the third quarter. They scored 13 consecutive points to take a 56-20 lead and ended the quarter ahead 60-23.

Terrebonne capitalized on Trench and Nichols beginning the fourth quarter on the bench. The Lady Tigers scored 15 straight points to start the period, including a pair of threes by Babin. While they scored more in the final quarter (25) and then the previous three combined, it was too little too late.

"We played hard, but there's more than just playing hard. You got to play smart," Brown noted. "If you don't play smart, going fast and hard doesn't do you any good."

The Lady Rams win sets up a championship game rematch today of last year's tournament final with the host Ellender Lady Patriots. Coach Smith is looking forward to the challenge.

"It should be a good game. I know my good friend Coach (Kenneth) Dixon is waiting to get some revenge for last year," he said.

 

ST JAMES 44,

SOUTH TERREBONNE 43 (GIRLS)

Also at the Bayou Invitational Tournament, St. James came back from a seven-point second half deficit and held on for a one-point win.

South Terrebonne led for most of the game behind 19 points from Monet Cox. The Lady Gators scored the first five points, but a three pointer from Shanequa Washington (22 points) gave the Lady Wildcats a 11-10 lead after the first quarter.

South Terrebonne regained the advantage in the second quarter, and Desiree Price sank a three to give them a 22-18 halftime lead. A three-point play by Lauren Belanger to start the third quarter gave the Lady Gators their biggest lead at 25-18.

St. James tuned up the defensive intensity and went on a 16-4 run spearheaded by Keyonna Brown (11 points). The Lady Wildcats led 34-32 after the third quarter.

The Lady Gators pulled to within a point twice in the fourth, but they couldn't make their free throws down the stretch. On the final possession, they committed a turnover to seal the win for St. James.

Ellender will play West St. John at 3 today in the title game, and H.L. Bourgeois will play St. James at noon in the fifth-place game.

 

TERREBONNE 65,

ST. JAMES 33 (GIRLS)

At the Ellender Bayou Invitational from Houma, the Lady Tigers got 22 points from Waneka Robinson and 18 points from Roynisha James and led 13-7 after the first quarter, 31-15 at halftime and 55-24 at the end of the third quarter.

St. James got 13 points from Shameque Washington and 12 points from Baillie Favorite.

 

THIBODAUX 78,

ST. MARY'S 55 (GIRLS)

At the Dominican Tournament in New Orleans, Jewel Triggs poured in 22 points and the Lady Tigers moved to 2-1 overall. Eris Stove added 15 points for Thibodaux and Courtney Clark scored eight points. The Lady Tigers play at 11:15 today in the tourney.

 

SOUTH LAFOURCHE 59,

URSULINE ACADEMY 26 (GIRLS)

At the Dominican Tournament in New Orleans, Savannah LeBlanc scored 12 points and Fallon Chaisson added 10 points to help lift the Lady Tarpons (1-1) to the victory.

Ursuline point guard Jenna Deemer, who has signed with LSU, scored 18 points. South Lafourche plays Dominican at 12:30 today in the event.

MT. CARMEL 51,

VANDEBILT CATHOLIC 34 (GIRLS)

At the Dominican Tournament in New Orleans, the Lady Terriers fell to 1-2 on the season with the loss on Monday night.

 

JOHN CURTIS 71,

SOUTH LAFOURCHE 23 (GIRLS)

At the Dominican Tournament, the Lady Tarpons got six points from Savannah LeBlanc in the loss on Monday night.