Helen Cox rallies to beat Vandebilt


Vandebilt Catholic's Sade' Murrell (32) looks for an open shot against Helen Cox during Tuesday's game in Houma. (Photo by Chris Heller/Staff)


For the second time in 13 days, Vandebilt Catholic could not hold a second-half advantage over Helen Cox.

The Lady Terriers held an eight-point lead in the third quarter and one-point lead in the fourth at home Tuesday night before the Lady Cougars furiously rallied for a 48-43 nondistrict win.

"They imposed their will on us twice. I hope we get third shot to play them somewhere," said Vandebilt coach Kathy Luke. "We became a little complacent. They didn't want to lose. Give them credit for that."

Vandebilt Catholic (7-2 overall) jumped out to 11-6 lead in the first quarter on back-to-back baskets from Jasmine Howard (six points) and Jewel Triggs (seven points).

Helen Cox scored six straight before another Howard bucket gave the Lady Terriers a 13-12 advantage after the first period.

The second quarter was marred with turnovers and poor shooting by both squads.

Helen Cox (9-0) held a three-point lead going into the final minute of the quarter until a 3-pointer by Sade' Murrell (15 points) and short jumper by Cassidy Barrios (12 points) gave Vandebilt a 20-18 lead heading into halftime.

"Offensively, we didn't shoot the ball as well as we have been, especially from the three-point line," Luke said. "But you hold Helen Cox 18 points the first half, that's a pretty good defensive effort. We took three charges (Tuesday). That's as much as we took all of last year."

Vandebilt hit the offensive boards and stiffened the defense to begin the third quarter. A long jumper by Murrell gave the Lady Terriers their largest lead at 28-20 with 3:25 left in the period.

That's when Helen Cox seized control of the game, going on a 22-7 run over an eight-minute stretch. Consecutive layups by Wendion Bibbins (11 points) and three straight 3-pointers from Amber Davis (15 points), the last as the third quarter expired, gave the Lady Cougars a 34-33 lead.

"I think they just made up in their minds that we came out here to play. We came I get a win," Helen Cox coach Barbara Weary-Cox said. "I'm proud that we kept our composure and continued to play hard. They played smart, and they had a lot of fight in them."

A pair of three-point plays by Troyian Brooks (12 points) increased the Helen Cox advantage to 42-35 midway through the fourth quarter.

The Lady Terriers found one final rally within themselves, going on an 8-0 burst capped by free throws by Murrell to go up 43-42 with under two minutes to play.

"We went with full-court press. We did some good things by trapping the ball," Luke said. "I guess everybody thought we were dead in the water, but we're not going to die."

On the next possession, Ganasua Hall (four points) made the go-ahead layup for Helen Cox, and they iced the game at the foul line.

"This was a playoff type atmosphere the way the game was played," Weary-Cox said. "So I hope this gives us a little experience and momentum to build on toward playoffs."

Luke took away some positives from the Lady Terriers performance, like their perfect 11-for-11 mark from the free-throw line.

But Luke also said she knows it's not about being good in early December. It's about being good in January and February.

"This game is going to help make us better down the road," Luke said. "You never take your foot off the accelerator, not even when you have a lead. We stopped attacking. We gave them second and third shots at the rim. When we get that lead, we need to go hard and put the nail in the coffin."

TERREBONNE 45, ST. JAMES 30 (GIRLS)

At St. James, Waneka Robinson scored 19 points to lift the Lady Tigers to victory.

St. James led 16-11 after the first quarter, 20-18 at halftime and 28-27 at the end of the third quarter.

Darian Dees and Kendra Davis each scored nine points for Terrebonne (6-3).

E.D. WHITE CATHOLIC 62, SOUTH TERREBONNE 39 (GIRLS)

At Bourg, the Lady Cardinals got 14 points from Genna Larose, 12 points from Emily Sauce and 10 points from Emily Weimer in the nondistrict win.

E.D. White led 19-2 after the first quarter, 38-11 at halftime and 51-18 at the end of the third quarter.

CRESCENT CITY 52, COVENANT CHRISTIAN 22 (GIRLS)

At Gray, the Lady Lions dropped to 0-3 overall with the loss.

Iesha Wallace and Naomi Trujillo each scored six points for the Lady Lions.