Rayne High’s Wolves, Ladies have difficult week
From Staff Reports
RAYNE - In what can only be classified as a meltdown during Monday’s classic match-up between intra-parish rivals Rayne High and Crowley High, the Wolves were outscored 16-3 in the third quarter of action, a turning point for the non-district contest.
Despite a close 25-22 score at halftime, a breakdown in communications in the second half saw the Gents record a 60-36 victory over the Wolves.
The Gents outscored the homestanding Wolves 19-11 in the final stanza to take the surprisingly easy victory.
Crowley’s three-point lead at the break was courtesy of a long-range 3-pointer by Therion Beverly at the buzzer.
Beverly and Tuskani Figaro aided in the third quarter run, draining back-to-back 3-pointers to start the frame.
The Wolves went nearly five minutes without a basket in the final minutes of the third quarter and the start of the fourth.
“We had a total breakdown in team chemistry,” said long-time RHS coach Louis Handy of the Wolves’ third quarter meltdown that resulted in numerous turnovers and just one basket from the floor.
Handy continued, “This is a team game and we didn’t play that way in the third period; we started individualizing. And when you individualize against a good team, you get nothing but negative results like you saw here tonight.”
Rayne cut the lead to 51-36 midway through the fourth quarter, but the Wolves failed to score again in the final four and a half minutes.
Rayne was led by Ryan Larry with 12 points. Dannie Harmon and Michael Henry each had seven points and Paul Charles had six.
Beverly paced eight Gents in scoring with 20 points while Jerrell Andrus also hit double digits with 14 points.
In Friday action, the Wolves hosted Eunice and was in true form with a 60-43 win over the Bobcats.
Rayne High took the reigns 15-11 in the first quarter and never looked back for the non-district win.
The Wolves were led by Paul Charles with a game high 31 points, followed by Dahren Ruffin with a baker’s dozen, Hunter Prejean at six, Ryan Larry chipping in four, Michael Henry and Danny Harmon each with a bucket, ad a free throw by Darius Bonhomme.
Lady Wolves 40
In their opening district game of the 2009-2010 season, the Lady Wolves traveled to Kaplan Friday evening where the the Lady Pirates claimed a 59-40 win over the Lady Wolves.
Kaplan was led by Tina Roy with a game high 24 points for the Lady Pirates.
Brandy Gibson led Rayne High on the evening with 14 points, assisted by Jamie Price with eight, Destiny Kapp and Brentasha Lewis each with five, Naosha Leopaul chipping in four, and Onersha Jolivette with a bucket.
Lady Wolves 25
Notre Dame 56
The Lady Wolves hosted Notre Dame Tuesday evening, seeing two Lady Pios scoring double digits for a 56-25 district win over Rayne.
Taylor Simon and Celia Charles led the Lady Pios with 16 and 13 points, respectively for the win.
Leading scorers for the Lady Wolves were Nasond Leopaul with nine points, Brandy Gibson at six, Jamie Price with four, and a bucket by Jasmine Mouton, Destiny Kapp and Blakely Sonex.
Both the Wolves and Ladies will travel to North Vermilion Friday, each trying to add a district win on their tallies.