Beau Chene sweeps Crowley
CROWLEY – The Crowley Gents looked to be well on their way to an impressive victory Tuesday night in their home opener against Class 4A Beau Chene.
The Gents maintained a substantial lead throughout the contest and led by as many as eight with just under three minutes remaining in the contest.
And then the unthinkable happened.
Beau Chene forced four straight turnovers, all on their side of the court, and converted layups to tie the game at 64-64.
Then, with under a minute to go, the Gators reeled off six straight points, three from the free throw line, and hung on for a dramatic 70-66 victory over the Gents.
“They (Beau Chene) are a very athletic team and we had to beat them mentally,” said CHS coach Derrick Boone, whose squad fell to 1-2 on the season with the loss. “We just had to let them make the mistakes and they did early on.
“But once they started to put a little pressure on us there at the end, we started making the mistakes and it cost us.
“We handed them the game on a silver platter. They worked hard to get back into the game, but we basically gave them the game.”
Turnovers and missed opportunities under the goal also hindered Crowley ’s chances of pulling off the victory. The Gents had 26 turnovers, seven alone in the fourth quarter. They also missed countless layups and putbacks that would have padded their cushion.
“We had 25 plus turnovers on the night,” said Boone. “That’s 50 possible points for the opponent. If we cut that in half we’re talking about a victory right now.
“And then we had at least eight missed layups. We’re leaving at least 20 points off the board right there.”
The Gents didn’t miss many scoring opportunities early on, however.
Danny Malbrough and Andre Mills helped build the Gents’ lead to 17-12 in the first quarter as the duo combined for 12 points.
Beau Chene’s Blake Henri took over in the second frame, scoring eight points as the Gators battled back to knot the game at 29-29 heading into the intermission.
Crowley seized the momentum to start the second half, going on a 10-2 run before Beau Chene was able to cut the lead to 47-40 heading into the disastrous final frame.
Mills carried much of the load for the Gents, pouring in a game-high 22 points. Damon Malbrough followed with 16 points and Danny Malbrough scored 12.
Dorris Senegal added 10 points while Dylan Montgomery, Diquan Bennett and Jesse Harmon each scored two.
Beaux Chene was led by Thomas Guilbeaux with 16 points and Dominic Jackson with 15. Jackson scored 12 in the fourth quarter and Guilbeaux added seven. Henri also hit double figures with 13 points.
The Gents return to action tonight when they take on Comeaux at 6:30 p.m. in the opening round of the Lafayette High Tournament.
Beau Chene 60
CHS Ladies 54
When Beau Chene’s Lady Gators jumped out to a 14-4 lead in the first half Tuesday, the CHS Ladies had an answer.
The Ladies battled back to take a 19-18 advantage with just over two minutes remaining in the first half.
Unfortunately, it was the only lead the Ladies would have on the night.
Beau Chene went on an 8-2 run to end the half and took a 26-21 advantage into the break.
Mental miscues thwarted Crowley ’s chances of another comeback in the second half as they committed more than half of their 32 turnovers in the final 16 minutes and fell, 60-54.
“We had a nice rally in the first half and we did some good things,” said CHS coach Alton Allen. “But in the second half, we just kept shooting ourselves in the foot.”
Beau Chene jumped out to a 35-23 lead just three minutes into the third quarter but an Isis Broussard 3-pointer and three free throws, two by Sara Woodard and one by Kara Wilridge, had the Ladies right back in the game at 35-31.
Beau Chene regrouped and took a 42-37 cushion into the fourth quarter..
But again, Crowley responded.
Trailing 47-40, Wilridge hit a jumper in the lane and then Tiara Dugar nailed a 3-pointer to get the Ladies within two (47-45) with just over four minutes remaining.
But five more turnovers in the final minutes allowed the Lady Gators to close out the game on a 13-9 run.
“Every time we would cut the lead, we’d have two or three turnovers back-to-back,” said Allen. “And some many of those turnovers were unforced. We would just throw the ball right into their hands.
“When you have 36 turnovers and you shoot less than 50 percent at the free throw line, you’re not going to beat a good team. If we cut the turnovers in half, this game wouldn’t have even been close.”
Mercedes Rogers and Isis Broussard led the Ladies with 11 points each while Wilridge and Woodard scored nine and eight points, respectively.
Akeela Dugar added six points; Beverly Broussard pitched in four; Tiara Dugar scored three, and Alanna Plummer rounded out the Ladies scoring with two points.
“I was pleased with our effort tonight,” said Allen. “We never quit. We had opportunities to win the game, we just didn’t take advantage of them.”
The Ladies will be in action again tonight when they take on Sacred Heart of Grand Coteau at 7 p.m. in the opening round of the Westminster Tournament.