Lady Trojans advance with win over Grace King

Central Lafourche's Trudy Adams (22) goes for a basket against Grace King's Katy Mantall during Wednesday's game. (Photo by Abby Tabor/Staff)

MATHEWS — Central Lafourche turned a fast start into a first-round win over Grace King at Wednesday's Crystal Guidry Memorial Tournament.

The Lady Trojans went up 11-0 and were never in any peril in a 54-26 win over the Fighting Irish to advance to Friday's semifinal game.

Haynes Academy advanced to the semifinals with a 53-51 win over Assumption in Wednesday's other first-round game. Central Lafourche and Haynes will play in a semifinal game at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

The tournament continues today with first-round games between East St. John and Thomas Jefferson at 6 p.m. and Fontainebleau and John Ehret at 7:30 p.m.

Lady Trojans coach Brett Smith said that starting well defensively led to early points and his team taking control of the game from the outset.

"At the start we played really well. We just set our game plan to pressure them at the beginning," Smith said. "We knew that we could pressure them and get the steals and a jump on them like we did. I was happy with how the girls (started fast)."

The Lady Trojans (4-2 overall) did get the jump when Sloane Robicheaux scored consecutive buckets in a 20 seconds span. Robicheaux's baskets were followed by Trudy Adams knocking down a shot and Taylor Kimball dropping a 3-pointer for a 9-0 lead with 5:31 to play in the first quarter.

Aquasia Porter completed the run with a lay-up and the 11-0 lead at the 5:12 mark.

Both teams would struggle over the next two minutes, but Grace King (0-5) finally got a basket to fall when Katy Mantell made a lay-up for an 11-2 score with 2:58 showing on the clock.

Central Lafourche closed out the first quarter with a 14-2 lead.

The Lady Trojans got off to another quick start in the second quarter pushing their lead to 25-6.

After Grace King's De'Janae White scored to start the quarter, Central Lafourche got baskets from Adams, Robicheaux and Lexus Eiskina to go up 20-4.

After White, who finished with a game-high 22 points, made it 20-6 with another inside bucket, Audrey Sousa (12 points) drained a 3-pointer for Central Lafourche and Kimball (13 points) scored giving the Lady Trojans the 19-point lead with 3:13 on the clock.

Both teams did little offensively in the final three minutes of the second quarter as the Lady Trojans held a 26-10 lead at halftime.

Smith said the challenge in the second half was to remain focus and not coast with a big lead.

"I told the girls at halftime we needed to bring it back and focus on what we need to do. I think we did that in the second half," Smith said. "We did have too many turnovers, but that is the way it goes."

Central Lafourche did remain focus and outscored Grace King 14-6 in the third quarter to hold a 40-16 advantage to start the fourth quarter.

The Lady Trojans took their largest lead of the game at 47-20 when Nicole Breaux made a free throw with 3:15 left to play in the game.




At Mathews, Assumption kept throwing the ball away in the second half and it eventually threw its lead away against Haynes Academy in Wednesday's first-round game at the Crystal Guidry Memorial Tournament.

Assumption took its largest lead of the game at 37-21 after Amanda Gianelloni made a 3-pointer with 6:20 left in the third quarter.

From that point on, turnovers, missed shots and mistakes plagued the Lady Mustangs (3-4) as Haynes outscored them 24-8 to tie the game at 45 with 5:47 left in the fourth quarter.

Trailing 51-49, Assumption tied the game when Megan Breaux scored with 1:41 left to play.

Neither team could take the lead until Haynes's Taylor Tucker drove the lane and drew a foul with .01 seconds left. Karagic made both free throws for the win.

Assumption will play Grace King in a loser's bracket game at 7:30 p.m. on Friday in Central Lafourche's smaller gym.

"We were just out of sync and we didn't execute on offense and we didn't handle our responsibilities on defense," Assumption coach Julius Aucoin said. "It snowballed as far as errors. We came out and hit our first four or five shots, but then the errors began. We have to work on staying consistent and we just didn't play well at all."

Tiah Larvadain led Assumption with 17 points, while Gianelloni had 11 and Kevreion Ward finished with 10.

Tucker led Haynes with 13 point and she got helped from Amira Karagic with 11 points and Cloe d'Aquin who scored 10.




At Destrehan in the St. Charles Parish Shootout, Elise Plaisance poured in 27 points, and Jocelyn Daggs added 19 points to lead the Lady Tigers to the victory and a 4-2 record on the season.

Eris Stove also added 13 points for Thibodaux, and Chelsie Brown and Kiarra Triggs each scored eight points.

Thibodaux returns to action in the event at 5 today against Ursuline Academy.




At Destrehan in the St. Charles Parish Shootout, the Lady Braves trailed 30-4 after the first quarter, 49-10 at halftime and 63-10 in the third quarter and were without their top two scorers.

The Lady Braves (2-4) got six points from Ciara Williams and will play Ellender at 7:30 tonight in the tourney.


— Kelly McElroy, Staff Writer