Rayne High Wolves, Ladies advance with playoff wins
By Lisa Soileaux
Both the Wolves and Ladies advanced in post season this week with wins in bi-district action of the state basketball playoffs.
In Monday’s bi-district game, the No. 3-ranked Lady Wolves claimed a 68-48 win over Richwood High.
In a speedy, high-tempo contest, the Rayne High press and tight defense forced Richwood in a corner, allowing the Lady Rams to run their offense a handfull of times the entire evening.
“We’re where we need to be right now,” stated Rayne Coach Chester Randall on Monday’s first-round win. “We have seen spirts of this kind of game, but now our players are showing what that can do.”
Rayne recorded 21 steals during the win, accounting for a number of fast breaks resulting in easy layups for the Lady Wolves.
Zierra Gabrielle and Charlesha Dugas each recorded five steals on the night. They were also high scorers for the Lady Wolves with 14 and 12 points, respectively.
Tori Carriere had nine and Naosha Leopaul and Tristan Mouton each donated seven, apiece.
Leading the evening’s blocks was Whitley Larry with three, who also had four steals in the lane.
The Lady Wolves will be home once again Thursday as they will host 14-ranked South Beauregard in the regional round of the playoffs.
Patient offense and a stingy defense led to Rayne’s 65-54 win over Donaldsonville Tuesday evening.
What was anticipated to be a run and gun contest, the Wolves controlled the game tempo with a steady offense and consistent rebounding.
“We were warned of their speed and quickness,” stated Rayne Coach Louis Handy when speaking of their first-round opponents. “I’m glad to say our guys played a game to contend with that, getting rebounds on both ends and getting the ball down the court where they ran their offense.”
Midway through the first quarter with Rayne already in double digits, Donaldsonville finally saw the scoreboard as Rayne led 15-1. By the time the second quarter chimed in, the Wolves held a 19-8 lead.
The second quarter saw the Wolves add 10 points with a slower pace compared to Donaldsonville’s more attack mode and long-range shooting for a 29-22 halftime score.
The Tigers continued their attack strategy and three-pointers to take a short-lived, one-point lead in the third quarter of action. But, Rayne cleared the boards for three straight buckets and a 41-35 lead heading into the final stanza.
A combination of assisted layups and freethrows, Rayne Wolves pulled away from the Tigers in the final quarter for the win.
Leading the offense for Rayne was Michael Henry with 28 points, along with three treys. Donating towards the win were Dannie Harmon with 13, Michael Papillion at nine and seven by Charles Jones.
On defense, Rayne showed a dominance on the boards, in addition to a number of blocked shots led by center Peyton Larry.
“He (Larry) guarded the goal well tonight,” stated Handy on his defense. “He had an awesome defensive game.” Larry also had four points on the night.
The Wolves will travel to Monroe Friday where they will take on No. 4-ranked Carroll in regional round action.