Lady Wolves Shoot Their Way Into Quarterfinals
By Lisa Soileaux
RAYNE - The No. 3-ranked Rayne High Lady Wolves used their shooting skills and defensive quickness to claim a 44-34 regional win over South Beauregard Thursday.
With the win, the Lady Wolves will draw another home game Monday when they will host Abbeville who defeated Green Oaks in their regional game. Monday’s game is set to begin at 6:30 p.m. in the RHS north gym.
“We played probably our best game of the year,” stated Rayne Coach Chester Randall of his Lady Wolves’ win over South Beauregard.
“I think were are peaking as a team right when we need it,” Randall continued. “Defensively, we’re there and making plays. Offensively, we’re hitting a high percentage. You can’t ask for better as a coach.”
When asked of his team’s high shooting percentage, Randall stated, “Practice, practice, practice. We’re out here shooting everyday. Is just comes naturally now and we can run the offense as needed.”
Rayne shooting prowess showed up big in the very first quarter of play with five Lady Wolves hitting six 3-pointers for a quick 20-8 lead.
Tristan Mouton and Tori Carriere each dumped in two treys for the start of the long-range bonanza, followed by Charlesha Dugas and Courtlyn Evans each adding one apiece.
The first quarter ended on another trey by Carriere for a 23-8 Rayne lead.
An always stingy Rayne defense limited South Beauregard to only eight points again in the second quarter of play, with the Lady Wolves’ 10-player rotation wearing down the Lady Knights, especially with a very effective full-court press.
The Lady Wolves chipped in 11 scores for a 34-26 halftime lead, including another trey by Lewis.
Rayne opened the second half of play at a slower pace, complete with a somewhat stalling offense, forcing South Beauregard to a man-to-man defense.
Defense was the highlight of the third quarter with Naosha Leopaul and Cierra Harmon clearing the defensive boards for the Lady Wolves, while Tanner Wilson, Evans and Mouton keeping pressure at the top of the key. Inside shooting was held to a minumum by Rayne defenders Whitley Larry and Ziera Gabriel.
The Lady Wolves added six points compared to the Lady Knight’s single bucket heading into the final quarter with a 40-18 Rayne lead.
A somewhat clean ballgame in the foul column changed in the final stanza, seeing South Beauregard turn the tables with 16 points, six of them at the charity line.
The only points Rayne sank in the final quarter were four free throws. The continued slower pace allowed the Lady Knights an offensive run, but it was too little too late for the 44-34 Rayne win.
Rayne’s scoring was spread evenly among their starters. Charlesha Dugas and Tristen Mouton had nine and eight points for the evening, followed by seven points donated by Tori Carriere and Naosha Leopaul.
Concluding Rayne’s scoring on the night were Brentashia Lewis with six, a trey from Courtlyn Evans, and a bucket each from Whitley Larry and Ziera Gabriel.
South Beauregard was led by Shannon Barrow with seven, along with six points by Sissy Saucier, Shally Spann and Morgan Dailey.