LaGrange sweeps Crowley in District 4-4A play
LAKE CHARLES – Committing over 30 turnovers in one game is hard to overcome, especially in District 4-4A.
The Crowley Gents found that out the hard way Friday in their league showdown with the LaGrange Gators.
The Gents turned the ball over countless times, the bulk of which occurred in the first half, enabling the Gators to cruise past the visiting Gents, 78-54.
The loss sent the Gents to 3-9 on the season and 0-4 in district play. The Gators improved to 14-7 and 3-0.
“We had a lot of turnovers tonight and that’s what really hurt us,” said CHS coach Derrick Boone. “They put a little pressure on us, but it was nothing we haven’t seen. We just threw the ball away and they got a lot of points on fast breaks.”
Another backbreaker for the Gents was their rebounding. The Gators controlled the glass and racked up a number of points on putbacks.
“They (LaGrange) beat us pretty good on the boards,” said Boone. “They got a lot of offensive rebounds and had a lot of second-chance points and that’s what really hurt us early.”
The Gents looked as if they were going to go toe-to-toe with the Gators early in the first quarter when the two teams exchanged buckets, leaving the game tied at 7-7 with just over five minutes to play.
Marcus Williams drove the lane twice during the first three minutes for a pair of layups while Jacq’co Price connected on a 3-pointer to knot the game up.
Unfortunately, that’s when the wheels fell off for the Gents.
The Gators turned up the defensive pressure and went on a 19-6 run to end the quarter.
The Gents’ misfortunes continued in the second quarter when they turned the ball over on their first three possessions. That led to seven straight points and a 33-13 lead for the Gators with just over six minutes remaining in the half.
The Gents hit their first basket of the quarter, a 3-pointer by Chris Lewis, and trailed 40-16 with 2:16 remaining. Lewis added another bucket on a jumper and Price hit a 3-pointer late in the frame to head into the intermission down 48-20.
“We just got outhustled,” said Boone. “At times we took some ill advised shots and they got going in transition off those long rebounds.”
The Gents settled down in the second half and outscored the Gators 32-30.
“In the second half, we forced a few turnovers and made a slight run, but the deficit we created in the first half was too large to create any type of comeback,” said Boone. “I was pleased with our play in the second half though. We slowed them down a little bit and we played better defensively, which is something that we can build on.”
Boone was especially pleased with the play he got off the bench out of Chris Lewis and Grant Trahan. That duo combined for 16 points but also played a big role in slowing down the Gators’ offense in the last two frames.
“Grant and Chris came off the bench and really played well,” said Boone. “They hit a few 3-pointers and they created a lot of turnovers in the second half.”
Price was the Gents’ leading scorer on the night with 20 points and Marcus Williams had 14. Trahan and Lewis each pitched in eight points while Bryston Domino and Mylan Stevens, both of which battled through foul trouble, each scored two.
The Gators, who had 10 players score on the night, were led by J’son Brooks and David Griffin with 20 and 15 points, respectively. Marlon Delafosse also hit double figures with 13 points.
Things didn’t go much better for the CHS Ladies in the opening game of the night.
The Ladies also had issues with turnovers and struggled offensively in a 47-26 loss to the Lady Gators.
The Ladies fell to 5-14 overall and 1-4 in league play with the loss while the Lady Gators improved to 5-15 and 2-3.
Constance Jones drilled a pair of 3-pointers in the first quarter to help push the Lady Gators out to a 13-6 advantage.
Saquoya Savoy answered with a 3-pointer of her own in the second quarter and Myah Rogers added a bucket in the paint to keep the Ladies within striking distance at 20-13.
The tale of the tape, however, was at the free throw line in the second half.
The Lady Gators were 21 of 37 from the charity stripe on the night. They dropped in 19 freebies in the final 16 minutes and outscored the Ladies 27-13.
Davia Landry scored 12 of her game-high 16 points from the free throw line for the Lady Gators. Jones hit three shots from beyond the arch and finished with 11 points.
Rogers paced the Ladies with 14 points and Savoy had seven. Alanna Plummer and Chelsea Yokum each added two points and Taylor Dapremont scored one.
The Ladies and the Gents will be in action again on Tuesday when they play host to Acadia Parish rival Rayne beginning at 5 p.m.