Thibodaux turns back Mustangs


Assumption's Denzell Johnson (21) drives to the basket as Thibodaux's Natron Nora (24) and Tyler Jones (24) during Tuesday's nondistrict game in Napoleonville. (Photo by Abby Tabor/Staff)


NAPOLEONVILLE — For 22 minutes, Thibodaux and Assumption played a close game.

But a game is 32 minutes long, and Assumption had two stretches — four minutes in the first quarter, six in the third — when the Mustang offense simply didn't work.

Thibodaux's offense did, however, scoring 17 points during the Mustangs' droughts, which ended up being most of the margin of victory in a 66-46 non-district win on Tuesday night.

Thibodaux (3-3 overall) scored a quick five points to open the game on Jauane Johnson's 3-pointer and Dante Johnson's (14 points) layup on a nice feed from Jauane.

Kenyatta Charles, who led all scorers with 19 points, got the Mustangs on the board at 4:03, leading to a 14-11 Thibodaux lead at the end of one.

"That's kind of how we've been playing," Thibodaux coach Tony Clark said. "We play in spurts. We play well in spurts. That's one thing we're working on correcting. Our defensive intensity was good throughout the game. Offensively, we had dry spells."

Neither team's offense worked in the first two minutes of the second quarter before Charles hit a 3-pointer to give the Mustangs (2-5 )their only tie at 14.

Thibodaux responded with a 7-0 run including three free throws from Tylor Jones (10 points), part of a good outing from the stripe for the Tigers, who went 14-of-18 for the game.

"We've been shooting free throws pretty bad," Clark said. "So we've been working on that, trying to correct some little things. Hopefully we continue shooting well."

The Tigers closed on a 9-5 run, going five of seven from the line, to lead 30-22 at halftime.

Thibodaux blew the game open in the third quarter. Trevon Cole (13 points) hit three's at the beginning and end of a 12-0 run, putting the Tigers up by 20. The Mustangs scored on four straight possessions, but Thibodaux was making layups and free throws, and the Tigers led 48-31 after three.

"We had opportunities to score. We just missed shots," Assumption coach Roland Moore Jr. said. "We missed a few layups. We missed a few midrange shots. They just weren't falling."

Thibodaux's largest lead was 22 points in the fourth quarter.

Coy Smith had 10 points for the Mustangs.

Nine different players scored for Thibodaux.

CENTRAL LAFOURCHE 64, GRAND ISLE 31 (BOYS)

At Grand Isle, John Paul Williams and Gerren Jefferson each scored nine points each in the nondistrict win for the Trojans (3-2 overall).

COVENANT CHRISTIAN 45, ASSEMBLY CHRISTIAN 44 (BOYS)

At Gray, Rommel Edwards hit the game-winning shot as time expired for the Lions (3-0).

Covenant led 15-8 after the first quarter, 28-23 at halftime and 42-31 at the end of the third quarter.

Leaders for the Lions were Brandon Woods (14 points), Datren Williams (12 points), Mark George (six points, seven steals) and Edwards (eight points, eight rebounds).