Lady Bulldogs clinch tie, VPHS boys roll

By: LANCE REED

Sports Editor

The Ville Platte High School basketball teams are making some big strides as they head to the playoffs.

The Lady Bulldogs clinched a share of the District 6-2A crown with their victory over the Lady Trojans of Sacred Heart Friday night. The Lady Bulldog’s 74-47 win put them at 11-1 in district competition. They are tied with Westminster Christian Academy. The two teams will play for the outright title tomorrow night at Port Barre High School. Fans may want to check with VPHS to see what time the game will begin.

The Lady Bulldogs came out and took control of the game right away. Despite the speed of the VPHS girls, the Lady Trojans of Sacred Heart battled hard and kept the game close during the first eight-minute block.

Up 19-12, the Lady Bulldogs wanted to put the Lady Trojans away early. They rattled off 12 points in the second frame and held the home team to just four points. Missed shots combined with some very physical play, resulted in a big momentum shift. The VPHS girls took a 31-16 lead into the locker room. Heidi Smith put up some very good numbers. She scored 14 points in the first half alone and would end the game with 25 to lead her team.

The second half was all VPHS as they scored a total of 43 points. Sacred Heart tried to battle back, scoring 31 points in the half. The third period was very interesting. The two teams traded buckets for most of the frame. VPHS out-scored SHHS 21-19 in a well-played series.

Sacred Heart got a three-point shot from Sarah Fontenot to begin the frame. Elizabeth Ardoin got hot in the period and put up seven points. She led the home team with 18 points in the game. Ville Platte’s Breanna O’Conner answered Ardoin’s charge with seven points in the period as well. She had a great night with 23 points for the Lady Bulldogs. The see-saw third period did not change the overall picture. The Lady Bulldogs still held the lead, taking a 52-35 lead into the final period.

The last block of the period looked more like the first half. VPHS put up 22 points and held their opponent to just 12 points. Ardoin had another good frame with six points. Smith answered back with nine points in the frame.

The Sacred Heart girls fell to 4-8 in district and will look to the Class 2A playoff brackets Tuesday to see if they slip in. They were at the 31st spot in the power ratings going into Friday’s contest. Kelsie Enicke ended the contest with 15 points, while Kinzey Franks hit 11 points.

The VPHS boys handed the SHHS boys an 84-58 loss Friday night. The win puts VPHS at 8-2 on the year. The Bulldogs have two more district games left and are currently tied for second place in league play. They still have to play Port Barre and Mamou.

Ville Platte went on a 42-point offensive barrage in the first half against Sacred Heart. They were up 42-19 at the intermission. Ville Platte’s Cody Jones hit back-to-back three-point shots in the first and second period. Felton Edwards chipped in with eight points in the first frame and scored 15 points in the game. Jones led the VPHS crew with 27 points overall.

The Bulldogs hit another 45 points in the second half. The Trojans answered back with 39 points of their own. The 58 points was one of the highest scores of the year for the boys in blue and gold.

Ville Platte senior Ralensee Nelson ended the contest with 21 points, including 10 points in the third period. He also had back-to-back three-point bombs in the frame. Daniel Aguillard led the Trojans with 22 points. He scored three three-point shots, including back-to-back bombs in the third. Sammy Monier had a good night with 15 points and Michael Vidrine put up 10 points.

The two schools wanted to extend a special thanks to Tim Fontenot for providing with post-game pizza meals.

Earlier in the week, the Bulldogs defeated the Opelousas Catholic Vikings 53-44. The Dogs’ Ralensee Nelson drained 26 points including two three-point shots. Cody Jones was 14 points.

The contest was very competitive. OCHS was up 10-13 after the first period. The Bulldogs took a 26-25 lead into the locker room the mid-way points. Nelson scored 11 points in the second block.

In the second half, a big 17-point final period gave the Dogs the momentum. They managed to out score the Vikes 27-19 in the second half.

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