Wolves, Ladies fall in first round of playoffs
By: Lisa Soileaux
Both the Wolves and Lady Wolves of Rayne High School hit the road this week for the first round of the 2012 state 3-A basketball playoffs. But, the road was bumpy, to say the least.
The #31-ranked Lady Wolves, who finished their regular district slate at 6-4, traveled to #2-ranked Albany Monday evening for their bi-district contest. Albany completed their regular season at 27-3 and 9-1 in district.
The Lady Wolves got off to a slow start as they trailed 35-12 at the halftime break.
With most of Rayne’s starters out of the ballgame due to fouls in the lst quarter of play, Albany kept the pace throughout the second half for the 73-29 bi-district win.
The win adds to Albany’s undefeated home stretch for the 2011-2012 season.
“We have a very young team this year,” commented Rayne High Head Coach Chester Randall on a team that includes only one senior. “We improved alot this season and got this far. I imagine we will improve even more as this group works together in years to come.”
The Wolves, also ranked at #31 in the boy’s bracket, traveled to #2-ranked Richwood in the Monroe area for their Tuesday evening bi-district game. The Wolves finished their district with a 8-2 tie with Northwest, while Richwood entered the playoffs with a 8-0 district slate.
From the very start, the #2-ranked Rams got off to a lead outscoring Rayne High 14-6 in the very first quarter of play.
By the halftime break, the Rams held a commanding 45-24 lead over the Wolves, forcing Rayne High to re-group in the second half of play.
But, Richwood held on for a 63-42 lead going into the final quarter of play, finishing off Rayne High with a 87-60 finale, knocking the Wolves out of the playoffs early.
Lacy Granger led Rayne scores with 24 points, followed by Dannie Harmon with eight, Michael Henry at six, Charles Jones with four and a bucket for Robert Butler.
Regional Johnson was top scorer for Richwood with 24 points.