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Moving on: EDW girls going to first quarterfinal since 1980


E.D. White Catholic's Emily Sauce (14) secures the ball away from Caldwell Parish player Keva Powell (40) on Thursday night in Thibodaux. E.D. White won, 52-37. (Photo by Abby Tabor/Staff)


E.D. White Catholic didn't just grab the momentum in the third quarter against Caldwell Parish, the Lady Cardinals ran away with it.

E.D. White blew open Thursday night's Class 3A regional playoff game against the Lady Spartans with a 21-3 run, extending a two-point lead to 20. With a big lead, E.D. White ran time off the clock on offense and stayed away from fouls defensively to cruise to a 52-37 victory.

It is the first time since 1980 that an E.D. White girls basketball team has reached the quarterfinals. E.D. White, the No. 7 seed, will play at Baker, the No. 2 seed, in next week's quarterfinal game, which is slated for 6:30 p.m. Monday. Baker defeated Northwest, the No. 15 seed, 47-29.

E.D. White coach Darin Fontz said after a sluggish second quarter that his team played with aggression and that is what started the run in the third quarter.

"It was big. We had a rough second quarter, but that is a credit to Caldwell. We just came out in that third quarter and the girls started to play aggressively and the press got us some turnovers, and the shots started falling," Fontz said. "These seniors are special, and we don't want it to end, and 1980 is something we talked about. That was the one team in school history to reach the quarterfinals and now we are the second. We just want to keep it going."

The game was close in the first half as E.D. White (25-5 overall) led 10-6 after the first quarter and 18-14 at halftime.

Caldwell (23-8) kept the score close early in the third quarter and with 5:56 on the clock Daeje Andrews came up with a steal and fed the ball to Ty Bailey (16 points) for a layup to trail E.D. White, 22-20.

From that point on in the third quarter it was all E.D. White.

After Michae Jones made a free throw, Jordan Gros (11 points) scored consecutive buckets before the Lady Cardinals turned three straight turnovers into seven points by Genna Larose.

When Larose (15 points) scored with 3:58 on the clock, E.D. White had stretched its two-point lead to 34-20 in a 2-minute span.

Caldwell got a bucket from Ebony King to make it 34-22, but E.D. White closed the final 1:50 with a 9-1 run for a 43-23 halftime lead.

Larose said once the Lady Cardinals grabbed the big lead, they felt confident the game was in their control.

"I think we looked at the scoreboard, and we knew if we wanted to play one more game we had to step it up, and we did. I am so proud of my teammates. I think (getting those easy shots) picked up the momentum, and we knew if we could go on a run, the game would be over. We went for it and made history," Larose said. "If feels amazing that I will be able to look up (at the girls basketball board) and see (2013) and know that we are the first team in 33 years to make the quarterfinals. We also hope there is more to come."

The Lady Spartans, the No. 10 seed, committed 21 turnovers in the game and coach Abby Thompson said her team didn't match E. D. White's physical play during the third-quarter run.

"It got a little physical, but that is not what lost the game for us. We should've gotten physical right back, but we didn't, and we didn't take care of the ball," Thompson said. "We prepared them, but we just didn't execute. We played hard but we didn't play smart. I think E.D. White played a nice game and shot better from the outside than we thought they could. We still fought hard, and we have done that all year long."

E.D. White took its largest lead of the game at 50-25 after Michelle Riviere scored with 5:17 left to play.

For the remaining 5 minutes, E.D. White spread the floor using clock and getting to the free-throw line. The Lady Cardinals only made two free throws in the final 5 minutes as Caldwell closed the game on a 12-2 run for the 52-37 final.