Late basket lifts St. James


St. James senior Quannileka Reed finished with only three points during Friday's game against Country Day at the Jack Becker Terrier Classic in Houma.

But Reed's points helped save the day for the Lady Wildcats.

Trailing by a point with 13 seconds left, St. James got the ball into the hands of its senior leader, and Reed made the most of it by draining a corner 3-pointer to put the Lady Wildcats up by two.

Country Day had a chance at the end to tie it when Marissa Waguespack was fouled under the goal as the buzzer sounded, but she missed the first of two free-throws, which helped St. James squeak by with a 37-35 win in Vandebilt's Brother Alfred Kolb Center.

With the game on the line late, Reed said she was ready to step up and win it for her team.

"It was a very big play. I'm so excited," Reed said. "I was hoping that I could hit a big shot to help us win. We had a lot of turnovers, and we made a lot of mistakes, but at the end, it paid off."

Country Day (4-2 overall) led 10-6 after the first quarter, but St. James (2-6) bounced back to take a 21-13 lead at halftime and a 28-21 advantage at the end of the third quarter.

The Lady Cajuns used a half-court trap defense to slow down the Lady Wildcats in the fourth quarter, which they took advantage of by forcing turnovers and getting transition baskets from Victoria Waguespack and Caroline Perlis.

Country Day's fourth-quarter run put it on top 35-32 after a Perlis lay-up with 2:11 remaining.

St. James cut the deficit to 35-34 on a jumper from senior Kaitlin Bartholomew, and neither team scored again until Reed's big corner 3-pointer with 13 seconds left.

Despite committing more than 20 turnovers, St. James coach Greg Wood said he was pleased with the way his players kept fighting and played together to set up Reed's game-winner.

"I thought our girls held their composure," Wood said. "They did a good job of trying to get the ball to the right people. We had to get the ball to our senior (Reed) at the end. She made a tough shot there. We knew she was capable of making that kind of shot, and it made a big difference."

Country Day coach Lanie Griffin, who is a former Vandebilt player and assistant coach, said the Lady Cajuns had their chance to win at the end but couldn't overcome its own turnovers and mistakes.

"We started off really slow, and it took us awhile to get some enthusiasm," Griffin said. "We had a great fourth quarter. We missed a defensive assignment there at the end (on Reed's game winner), so we gave up a bucket. We came down and they ran the final play like we drew it up and gave us a chance to get the win, but we couldn't hit the shot."

Kelly Celestine led St. James with 12 points, while Shaniqua Washington and Bartholomew each scored nine points.

Perlis led Country Day with 12 points, and Victoria Waguespack scored 11 points before leaving late in the fourth quarter with a thumb injury.

VANDEBILT CATHOLIC 63, SOUTH LAFOURCHE 24 (GIRLS)

At the Jack Becker Classic, the Lady Terriers (9-2) got 17 points from Cassidy Barrios and 11 points each from Sade Murrell and Jewel Triggs to roll to the win.

The Lady Terriers held leads of 10-6 after the first quarter, 43-12 at halftime and 56-17 at the end of the third quarter.

Shakira Harding, who returned to action after missing several games with a shoulder injury, scored eight points for Vandebilt.

Fallon Chaisson led South Lafourche (2-5) with six points.

ST. MICHAEL 65, TERREBONNE 38 (GIRLS)

At the Jack Becker Classic, the Lady Tigers dropped to 6-5 overall with the loss.

Terrebonne led 9-8 after the first quarter, but St. Michael answered by taking leads of 29-16 at halftime and 50-26 at the end of the third quarter.

Darian Dees led Terrebonne with 11 points.

In the first game of the Jack Becker Classic on Friday, Ponchatoula defeated Central Catholic 57-49.

The Jack Becker Classic will end today with a final slate of games, which will feature Terrebonne vs. Country Day at noon, Central Catholic vs. St. Michael at 1:30 p.m., Ponchatoula vs. Vandebilt Catholic at 3 p.m., South Lafourche vs. St. James at 4:30 p.m. and St. Michael vs. Ponchatoula at 6 p.m.

ELLENDER 60, HANVILLE 26 (GIRLS)

At the St. Charles Shootout, the Lady Patriots raced out to a 21-4 lead in the first quarter and never looked back for the win.

Ellender (5-2) led 35-6 at halftime and 36-18 after three quarters.

Sage Scott led the Lady Patriots with 19 points, and Shakira Bingham and Amari Banks each added eight.

XAVIER PREP 50, H.L. BOURGEOIS 47 (GIRLS)

At the St. Charles Shootout, the Lady Braves (2-6) led 11-8 after the first quarter but were outscored 42-36 the rest of the game in Friday's loss.

Kiara Freeman led H.L. Bourgeois with 10 points.

HIGHLAND BAPTIST 23, COVENANT CHRISTIAN 20 (GIRLS)

At Gray, the Lady Lions were outscored 10-6 in the second half in Friday's loss.

Iesha Waller led the Lady Lions (1-4) with eight points, and McKinley Carter added 11 rebounds.