Gents hold off South Beauregard; Ladies fall short
LONGVILLE – The Crowley Gents had been there before.
Back in December, the Gents squandered a 20-point lead over South Beauregard and were eliminated by the Golden Knights in the Midland Holiday Spectacular.
In their District 4-3A meeting Tuesday, the Gents (12-12, 6-1) again took a commanding 20-point lead over the Golden Knights in the third quarter and once again, the Beauregard Parish team rallied.
But this time it was different; the Gents responded.
After South Beauregard chipped away and cut what looked to be an insurmountable lead to five (56-51), the Gents picked up the defensive pressure and outscored the Knights 18-9 in the final three minutes, earning a 74-60 victory and avenging their loss in Midland.
“We did have a little mental lapse there in the fourth quarter,” said CHS coach Derrick Boone, whose squad committed eight turnovers in the first four minutes of the final period. “(And) we let them back in the game. But we were able to turn it back on defensively and were able to pull away.”
The Gents forced eight turnovers in the final three minutes which led to most of their points in transition.
“Once we turned it back on, the score went from 56 to 70 in three minutes. We’re capable of scoring a lot of points in a short amount of time when we are aggressive like that. We just have to do that for the full four quarters.”
Andre Mills scored seven points in the fourth quarter and finished the night with a team-high 23. Damon Malbrough followed with 21 while Danny Malbrough and Dorris Senegal each hit double figures with 13 and 12, respectively. Charles Onezine and Jessie Harmon each scored two points and Dylan Montgomery had one.
In the girls’ game, the CHS Ladies were not as fortunate.
The Ladies (13-10, 3-4) overcame an early deficit to tie the game at 27-27 late in the fourth quarter. But they were outscored 7-1 in the final two minutes and dropped a 34-28 decision.
Mercedes Rogers and Isis Broussard did most of the damage for Crowley with 18 and eight points, respectively. Alanna Plummer added eight points while Sara Woodard and Beverly Broussard each scored two.
NCS 74, Hackberry 66
CROWLEY – Josh Wheeler and Joseph Trahan combined for eight points in overtime to help lead Northside Christian past Hackberry in overtime Tuesday evening in a key District 7-C contest at Seth Trahan Memorial gym.
The Warriors (17-7) are now tied with Hackberry for first place in the league standings, both teams at 3-1.
Hackberry overcame a six-point deficit in the fourth quarter to tie the game at 62-62, sending it to the extra period.
Wheeler and Trahan each scored four points in overtime as the Warriors outscored Hackberry 12-4 to earn the victory.
Trahan led the Warriors with 20 points and Wheeler had 18. Ben Rogers followed with 12 points; Nick Gotte added 10; Kade Miller had nine; Tracy Wilridge had three and Nicholas Zaunbrecher had two.
Midland 57, Lacassine 39
MIDLAND – A 20-8 third quarter outburst helped break open a tight game and propel Midland past Lacassine in a District 7-B contest Monday.
Alan Vondenstein led the third-quarter charge with eight points and finished the night with 23.
Midland improved to 25-3 overall and 6-1 in league play with the victory.
Darren Arceneaux followed Vondenstein with 10 points and Jake Gautreaux had six. Andrew Hains and Chase Vincent each scored five; Cody Stutes had four; Devin Gautreaux had three and Traven Guidry had one.
Iota Lady Dogs 53, Pine Prairie 20
PINE PRAIRIE – The Iota Lady Bulldogs jumped out to an early lead and never looked back in another dominating District 5-2A victory over Pine Prairie.
The Lady Dogs took a 25-9 halftime advantage and outscored Pine Prairie 27-11 in the second half.
Allison Baggett and McKenzie Armand paced the Lady Dogs with 19 and 10 points, respectively. Anna Lege and Caroline Hebert each scored eight points, Adalie Wriborg and Dominiqua Thomas each had three and Taylor Deville scored two.