‘We ran out of gas’: Central Catholic wears down EDW for tourney title


E.D. White's Ale Theriot brings down a rebound on Saturday in the title game of the Vandebilt Catholic Jack Becker Tournament. (Photo by Keyon K. Jeff/Correspondent)


The E.D. White Catholic Lady Cardinals got off to a strong start on Saturday in the championship game of the Jack Becker Terrier Classic.

But Central Catholic guards Randi Brown and Meo Knight eventually wore them down with consistent penetration to the rim and tough rebounding.

The Lady Cardinals, playing their second game of the day, fell 58-38 to take second place at the tournament, and Central Catholic took home the tourney title.

“We ran out of gas. We didn’t have any legs in the second half,” Lady Cardinals coach Darin Fontz. “(Central Catholic) really hurt us on the boards in the second half. They got a bunch of second-chance points and putbacks when they needed them.”

E.D. White (6-2) gained control early on with consecutive 3-pointers by Michae Jones (14 points) and Emily Weimer (13 points). Then Weimer hit a cutting Michelle Riviere for a layup that put the Lady Cardinals ahead 12-9 after the first quarter.

Central Catholic (8-1) responded by scoring the first nine points of the second quarter. Brown (21 points) drove to the basket with ease, while Knight (26 points) got into the lane on short jumpers during the run.

Jones ended the streak by nailing another three-pointer and good free throwing shooting pulled E.D. White to within two in the last minute of the half. However, Brown got to the rim again, this time for a bucket plus the foul, to push the Lady Eagles advantage to 25-20 at intermission.

“Defense was the spark. I try to focus hard and stress defense to them a lot. That’s what’s going to win games for us,” Lady Eagles head coach Jamarr Garrett said. “For some reason, it’s been taking us a while to get going. Usually we turn it on in the second half.”

E.D. White had no answer for Brown’s dribble drive penetration in the third quarter. When she wasn’t scoring, she found teammates in the lane for uncontested layups.

A pair of 3-point plays from Jones and another by Weimer kept the Lady Cardinals in the game, but they trailed 41-30 after the third quarter.

“We knew both (Randi and Meo) would be tough matchups,” Fontz said. “We tried to deny them the ball as much as we could and tried to get help (defenders) to them as soon as they got into the lane. But there’s only so much you can do. They’re both great players.”

In the fourth quarter, it was Knight’s turn to dominate the paint. She scored 12 points in the period and her offensive rebounding kept Lady Eagle possessions alive as they cruised to the 20-point victory.

“Every team we’ve played so far tells us the same thing. We haven’t played, and I don’t think we’re going to play, a team this year with two better guards then the ones we have,” Garrett said. “That’s a big advantage for us. Especially, taking girls off the dribble, which I think is their strong point. They create a lot of mismatches, whether it’s in the post or one-on-one at the top of the key.”

For E.D. White, Fontz said claiming the runner-up spot in a tough early season tournament shows they are progressing the right direction.

“It’s still a growing process, but I thought we played well in both games (Saturday),” Fontz said. “It’s a marathon, not a sprint. We’re just taking little steps every, practice, every game to get better.”



E.D. WHITE 44,

VANDEBILT CATHOLIC 35 (GIRLS)

In the semifinals of the Jack Becker Terrier Classic, E.D. White dominated on glass, while Vandebilt missed plenty of shots near the rim.

A pair of short jumpers by Weimer (12 points) gave E.D. White a 13-7 advantage. Cassidy Barrios (22 points) rallied Vandebilt (4-4) with a 3-point play to toe the game at 16 early in the second quarter.

Michelle Riviere took control in the second half, scoring 13 of her 15 points, to expand the Lady Cardinals lead. A basket plus the foul by Emily Sauce staked E.D. White to a 34-27 after the third quarter.

Riviere scored the first six points of the fourth quarter to give the Lady Cardinals its biggest lead at 40-27. Barrios tried to bring the Lady Terriers back, scoring six of their eight straight points. However, layups by Weimer and Riviere sealed the victory.



SOUTH LAFOURCHE 66,

SOUTH TERREBONNE 40 (GIRLS)

In the third-place game of the Jack Becker Terrier Classic, the Lady Tarpons (5-6) never trailed as they forced the Lady Gators into a slew of turnovers and pounded the ball inside for easy baskets.

Fallon Chiasson led the Lady Tarpons attack with 22 points, followed by Savannah LeBlanc with 13 and Brinkley Callais with 12.

The Lady Gators were led by Julia Leblanc with 20 points, while Amber Authement and Kayla Autin each scored six points.

South Lafourche led 21-7 after the first quarter, 38-24 at halftime and 57-33 after the third quarter.



ELLENDER 82,

URSULINE ACADEMY 32 (GIRLS)

At the St. Charles Shootout, the Lady Patriots improved to 4-4 on the season behind 14 points from Nikkia Johnson, 13 points from Kalen Harrison and 12 points from Kimari Sandolph.

The Lady Pats led 55-13 at halftime.



LADY MUSTANGS SPLIT GAMES

At the Riverside Academy Tournament in Reserve, the Lady Mustangs moved to 9-4 after beating Northshore and falling to Cabrini on Saturday.

In a 23-15 win over Northshore, Assumption trailed 9-5 after the first quarter, led 11-9 at halftime and led 16-13 at the end of the third quarter.

Morgan Breaux and Cassie Ratcliff each scored six points for Assumption.

In a 36-25 loss to Cabrini, Assumption trailed 14-6 after the first quarter, 19-13 at halftime and 29-15 at the end of the third quarter.

Kayla Williams led the Lady Mustangs with 11 points.