Rayne High Wolves, Ladies begin district roundball action with wins
By Lisa Soileaux
District play began Tuesday for both the Wolves and Lady Wolves basketball teams during home contests held at Rayne High’s north gym hosting Livonia.
The Lady Wolves began Tuesday’s games with a dominating 82-45 win over Livonia.
Which began with a 24-3 first quarter lead, Coach Chester Randall’s crew never looked back for their first district win.
Nine Lady Wolves scored double digits in the blow-out, led by Whitley Larry with 21 points and Cierra Harmon at 20. Completing double digits were Tanner Wilson at 18, Charlesha Dugas and Tristan Mouton each with 17, Courtlyn Evans at 13, Naosha Leopaul and Blakely Thomas each with 11, and Zierra Gabrielle with 10. Tori Carrier knocked in nine, Paultrice had eight and Deiasha Guidry finished with five.
“We have really come a long way,” commented Rayne High Coach Chester Randall on this year’s squad. “This group over the past couple years have really grown in many ways, not just in winning games. They have worked hard to be where they are right now.”
The Lady Wolves now stand at 16-5 overall and 1-0 in district.
During Tuesday action, the Wolves also opened district play with a 64-36 win over Livonia.
Despite a close first half, the Wolves extended their lead for their first district win in their district opener.
Leading Rayne scorers were Michael Henry with 13 points, Dannie Harmon at 11, and Michael Papillion and Drakkar Broussard each with seven each.
CROWLEY - The Crowley High Gents shrugged off a sluggish start, kept the game manageable and then rallied for 24 points in the fourth quarter to walk away from a rivalry game against Rayne High with a 48-40 victory at Crowley High.
The Gents forced the Wolves into an uncharacteristic 19 turnovers on the night with 12 occurring in the second half.
“We have a mindset that we know the game better than the game,” said RHS coach Louis Handy, whose squad fell to 8-8 with the loss. “When you try to add things to the game, it creates some mishaps.”
Handy continued, “We didn’t maintain our composure. Then we started playing one-on-one basketball instead of team basketball and Crowley capitalized on it. We had beaten them earlier and they were hungry. They were a little bit hungrier than us when it got down to crunch time.”
Neither team could find much consistency on offense in the first half. The Gents struggled from the floor and scored just two points in the opening frame. Luckily for them, Rayne also struggled and limped out to a 15-12 advantage at the break.
In the loss, Michael Henry paced the Wolves with 17 points, while Dannie Harmon and Broussard each had seven. Ian Papillion added five points while Charles Jones and Frank Leopaul each had a bucket.
Overall, Crowley’s Mills led all scorers on the night with 19 points. He was followed by Damon Malbrough with eight points while Danny Malbrough had seven.
Both the Wolves and Lady Wolves travel to Port Barre Friday for another district contest, each.
For the better part of three quarters, the Rayne Wolves could do no wrong and the Midland Rebels had trouble doing anything right.
The Wolves dominated the Rebels in every phase of the game in the first three frames, forcing over 20 turnovers in taking a 34-24 advantage into the fourth and final period.
“They (Rayne) outplayed us the entire night and the last thing I told our guys in the fourth quarter was that we had nothing left to lose ‘so lets go out there and steal a win,” said Midland coach Todd Briley.
And that’s exactly what his Rebels did.
The Rebels rallied in the final two minutes, forcing five turnovers during a 16-4 run that allowed them to slip away with an improbable 44-43 victory in the final game of the Midland Holiday Spectacular.
Dannie Harmon and Michael Henry paced the Wolves with 16 and 13 points, respectively.