Lady Wolves claim 74-51 bi-district win
Rayne High's Whitley Larry goes up for a block Thursday evening during the Lady Wolves' first round win over Franklin Parish of the 2014 the state basketball playoffs. (Acadian-Tribune Photo by Lisa Soileaux)
By Lisa Soileaux
RAYNE - The No. 9-ranked Rayne High Lady Wolves began post-season Thursday evening with a bang, collected a 74-51 win over Franklin Parish of Winnsboro during the first round of the 2014 state basketball playoffs.
Leading the way for the Lady Wolves during their Class 4A bi-district win was junior guard Charlesha Dugas, who dumped in a game-high 32 points, 23 of those coming in the second half of play when Rayne pulled away for the win.
“We have been relying on her (Dugas) for a lot of our scoring,” stated Rayne Coach Chester Randall of the win. “But tonight, everyone pitched in.”
In addition to Dugas’ 32 points, 4 rebounds and 7 steals, teammate Cierra Harmon was also tough in the lane scoring 13 points while collecting 9 rebounds, five of which were on offense for points.
Tori Carriere and Whitley Larry both hit double digits with 10 each on the night. In addition, Carriere recorded 7 rebounds and a steal, while Larry held her own with 9 rebounds, 5 steals and 7 blocks before leaving the game with leg cramps.
Tanner Wilson finished with four points and 7 steals, and Tristan Mouton had a trey and 4 steals.
“The way we scored tonight is the way we need to score to win,” continued Randall on the Thursday’s win. “When we all score as a team, while hitting our layups and free throws, that’s the key to winning.”
The Lady Wolves held a slim 26-20 lead for the halftime break before hitting their stride with a 24-point third quarter behind a productive man-to-man defense including a stingy press. Both teams finished up with a 24-point final quarter with Rayne maintaining a distant lead for the win.
The No. 24-ranked Lady Patriots were led by Teneshia Pleasant with 13 points. They entered the playoffs at 5-3 in District 2-4A.
Rayne will travel to A.J. Ellender on Monday when they will travel to Houma for a 6:30 p.m. regional round contest.
“Sure, we have goals,” concluded Randall as he and his Lady Wolves eye the playoffs, “But, we are taking one game at time and do what we need to do to get the win.”