Crowley upends Westlake in regular season finale

CROWLEY – The District 4-3A championship was already in the bag.

The championship t-shirts were already made and on display.

The only thing left for the Crowley Gents to do was to avenge their lone league loss to Westlake.

Mission accomplished.

The Gents stormed out to a quick 13-4 lead in the opening minutes and never looked back Friday in a 64-49 victory over the visiting Rams Friday evening.

“We’ve been talking about this game all week long,” said CHS coach Derrick Boone, who has guided the Gents to three straight district titles. “We felt like we didn’t play nowhere near our game when we went over there and we felt like we had something to prove tonight. Even though we had already won the district title, we wanted to come out here and make a statement and I think we did that tonight.”

Helping make that statement was Boone’s reserves, who accounted for 20 points.

Junior Jesse Harmon and senior Diquan Bennet combined for 17 of those 20 points while John Davis had three.

“I was really pleased with our guys off the bench,” said Boone. “They stepped up and that’s what we are going to need heading into the playoffs.”

Harmon scored 10 points, including six in the second half, while Bennet had seven to go along with 10 rebounds.

“Quan really had a big night,” said Boone of Bennet, who got the start on Senior Night. “He was in almost every play. Some players disappear on the court, but it looked like he was involved on every play. He was either going for a layup or he was getting a defensive rebound on the other side of the court. And that’s all I ask of him.”

The starters didn’t have a bad night, either.

Junior guard Damon Malbrough got the Gents going early with 16 points in the first half, including two 3-pointers. Dylan Montgomery also added seven points in the first two frames to help Crowley build a 33-21 advantage at the break.

But even with the 12-point lead, Boone wasn’t satisfied heading into the half.

“We jumped out, but I still felt we were a little sluggish in the first half,” said Boone. “If this was a playoff game, we would have been in trouble. We were just so amped up and when that adrenalin gets flowing, you get out of your game plan. We were hustling, but we just couldn’t put them away.”

Westlake stayed within striking distance for most of the third quarter and trailed 38-27 with just over two minutes to go before the Gents went on a 6-2 run in the final minute to extend the lead to 44-29.

“Once we kind of settled down, we started playing our game,” said Boone. “We started putting a little pressure on them and started getting turnovers and were able to pull away little.”

The Gents outscored the Rams 11-1 in the first four minutes of the fourth quarter to take a 55-30 lead, but were outscored 19-9 the rest of the way.

Damon Malbrough led all scorers on the night with 22 points. Harmon followed with 10 and Montgomery and Dorris Senegal each had nine. Bennet added seven points, Andre Mills and John Davis each had three and Danny Malbrough had one.

Dedrick Lavergne and Jacory Washington paced the Rams with 17 and 14 points, respectively.

In the opener, the Crowley Ladies (14-12, 4-6) committed 37 turnovers in a 77-48 loss to the district champion Lady Rams.

The Lady Rams forced 19 turnovers in the first half alone, but the Ladies were able to keep the game manageable and trailed just 24-19 at the break.

The Ladies kept it close until midway through the third quarter, Beverly Broussard’s layup cutting the Westlake lead to 35-29 with 4:11 left in the frame

But then the Lady Rams took over.

Westlake outscored Crowley 42-19 in the final 12 minutes to walk away with the victory.

The Ladies were led by Mercedes Rogers and Broussard, both of who fouled out in the fourth quarter, with 17 and 14 points, respectively. Isis Broussard added eight points; Sara Woodard scored four; Raven Ardoin had three and Tiara Dugar had one.

Kylie Goodeaux did most of the damage for Westlake by pouring in a game-high 31 points. Jase Johnson followed with 19 and Kendra Wilrye scored 13.

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