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Tarpons fall to East St. John

GALLIANO — South Lafourche ran into a wall in its District 7-5A opener, and that wall was the East St. John defense as the Wildcats ripped the Tarpons, 71-48, Tuesday.Tarpons fall to East St. John


East St. John led 11-8 midway through the first quarter before South Lafourche began a string of six consecutive turnovers as the Wildcats turned the defensive pressure up to take a 19-10 lead after one.

"We wanted to come in and slow the game down," South Lafourche coach Brian Callais said. "In the first quarter, it was eight to 11, and we had a good tempo going. But we were struggling on the offensive end and we just couldn't score."

The offensive struggles continued in the second quarter as East St. John built up a 31-14 lead. South Lafourche (6-8 overall, 0-1 in district) hit a few shots at the end of the second quarter, but the Wildcats kept up, going into the locker room with a 36-21 lead.

"We pride ourselves on our defense," East St. John coach Yussef Jasmine said. "It's kind of ironic since we told them at halftime they gave up too much penetration. But we work hard on defense. We know we can score the ball, but everyone knows the saying that defense wins championships."

East St. John (12-5, 1-0 in district) opened up a 19-point lead in the third before an 8-0 South Lafourche run closed the gap to 11, but that's as close as the Tarpons would come. The Wildcats had their own 8-0 run in the fourth to take their largest lead at 68-45.

Edwin Winston led all scorers with 16 points, while Troy Green and Trevon Jasmine each had 13 for the Wildcats.

Silas Griffin led the Tarpons with 14 points. Harvey Allen had 11.


At Galliano, South Lafourche jumped out to a big first quarter lead, then held off an East St. John run in the fourth quarter in District 7-5A action Tuesday.

The Lady Tarpon defense stymied East St. John in the first quarter, holding the Lady Wildcats without a field goal and taking a 12-2 lead after one.

The South Lafourche offense went cold in the second quarter. But the defense held until Caroline Guilbeau (15 points) broke the drought with a layup. Tristan Plaisance (9 points) followed that up with a jumper, and Guilbeau followed that with another jumper, giving South Lafourche (7-7, 2-1 in district) an 18-11 lead going into the locker room.

"We've been struggling with layups and shots underneath the goal," South Lafourche coach Rainie Stevens said. "Over the Christmas break, we spent an entire practice on nothing but layups and shots underneath the goal. Defensively, we did well. We had a couple of breakdowns, but a win is a win. It wasn't pretty, but they left everything out there on the court and that's all you can ask of them."

East St. John (7-9, 1-2 in district) closed to within two on two consecutive Jermani Thompson layups, but the Lady Tarpons ended the quarter with an 8-2 run and a 33-25 lead after three.

Savannah LeBlanc, who led all scorers with 16 points, scored the first six of the fourth quarter as South Lafourche opened up its biggest lead at 39-25.

The Lady Wildcats ripped off an 8-0 run to close to within six before LeBlanc took an assist from Guilbeau to the basket to make it 41-33 with two minutes left.

Da'Rae Taylor led East St. John with 15 points, while Thompson chipped in nine.