TIGERS BEAT NOTRE DAME, LADY TIGERS FALL TO CHURCH POINT IN FIRST ROUND OF MIDLAND TOURNAMENT
By Mike Rizzuto
Sun Times Editor
The Lake Arthur Tigers and Lady Tigers had little time to digest their Christmas dinners, as they both took part in the ongoing Midland High School Holiday Spectacular Basketball Tournament this past weekend in the big city of Midland.
The tournament was still in progress as of press time this past Sunday, meaning we will have more information on each team’s fortunes in next week’s Sun Times’ newspaper.
The Lake Arthur Lady Tigers played their first game of the tournament on Friday morning, December 26th, 2008 against the Church Point Lady Bears, ultimately falling to their Acadia Parish rivals by a final score of 52-33.
Lake Arthur stayed close early on, as the lead changed hands several times before the Lady Bears claimed a narrow 11-10 lead after the first quarter.
Church Point widened their margin in the pivotal second period, finishing strong with a 14-8 run to grab a 25-18 lead at intermission.
The Lady Tigers found the going tough in the third stanza, as points were rough to come by against the rugged Lady Bear defense.
Church Point outscored the Lady Tigers 12-5 to take a 37-23 lead into the fourth and final period of play, putting some breathing room between the two teams.
The final quarter was also dominated by the Lady Bruins 15-10 as they waltzed away with the 52-33 tournament win.
Carly Hay led Lake Arthur in defeat with 15 points, including a pair of three-point bombs, while Keyontae Campbell added nine tallies. Morgan Benoit, Ashalun Brown, and Devyn Trahan had four, three and two points respectively to round out the Lake Arthur scoring.
Derisa Citizen and Shalon Hardy each contributed 15 markers for Church Point.
With the loss, the Lady Tigers fell to the consolation bracket with an overall season record of 3-9.
The Lake Arthur Fighting Tigers took to the hardcourt in the late afternoon Friday in their first game of the tournament against the neighboring Notre Dame High School Pioneers and emerged victorious by a final of 73-59.
Notre Dame used good quickness to stay in the game early, grabbing the first quarter by a 17-16 over the favored Tigers.
But Lake Arthur would storm back in the second stanza, completing a 16-11 eight minute run to claim a 32-28 lead at the half.
The Tigers pushed their advantage even higher in the third quarter, as Durrell Prudhomme began to find the range from beyond the three point line with regularity, as Lake Arthur stormed away with a 19-11 explosion and a 12-point lead.
The Tigers finished out the deal in style in the final period by taking the quarter 22-20 and winning by a comfortable margin of 73-59.
Darius Mitchell led the Tigers with 24 points, while Prudhomme clicked on 22, including four three-pointers. Josh Turner added 10, Nick Klein tossed in nine, DeAngelo Thompson bucketed four, while Brad Armentor and Jacob Martin each added two tallies.
Nick Zaunbrecher led all scorers in the contest with 26 points for the Pioneers.
Lake Arthur hit on 18 field goals, eight three-pointers, and were an impressive 19-26 from the free throw line.
Notre Dame clicked on 26 field goals, but could manage only one trifecta and was a poor three for 10 from the charity stripe.
With the win, the Tigers advanced to second round play and improved to 10-2 on the season.