Wolves, Lady Pios prepare for State Playoffs
Lisa Soileaux ~ Assistant Editor
During Monday evening’s district action, the Rayne High Wolves closed out their regular season with a 62-41 district win over Notre Dame, clinching second place in District 5-AAA and improving to 17-14 overall and 7-3 in league play. Notre Dame fell to 7-19 and 4-6.
The Wolves will enter the first round of the playoffs, but when, where and who they will play is still up in the air.
“Until we get by the 19th (the last day district champs can be named)” states RHS Head Coach Louis Handy, “we won’t know what will happen. There’s still a couple of districts incomplete.”
The first-round pairings will be announced Monday and Handy predicts that his Wolves will probably be in action Friday.
In Monday’s game, the Wolves took a 30-9 advantage at the break and outscored the Pios 32-22 in the second half.
Dahron Ruffin and Michael Henry led the Wolves’ charge with 13 points each. Darrius Bonnom and Ryan Larry each scored in double figures with 12 and 10 points, respectively.
Also doing damage for Rayne was Brock Nolan and Dannie Harmon with four points each and Freddie Broussard and Hunter Prejean with three each.
Notre Dame was paced by Taylor Thibodeaux’s 14 points. Kane Thibodeaux pitched in 10 points and Morgan Allen scored seven.
Also scoring for the Pios were Will Faulk with four points, Drew Trahan with three, Jesse Smith with two and Jeremy Smith with one.
Notre Dame’s Lady Pios drew the No. 23 seed in Class AAA and will travel to Leroy tonight (Thursday) to take on District 5-AAA rival and No. 10-ranked North Vermilion at 6:30 p.m. during the bi-district round of the 2009-2010 playoffs.
The Lady Pios are coming off a 60-39 win over No. 14 seeded Kaplan in their regular-season finale last Tuesday and will have had a nine-day layoff once they take the court against North Vermilion tonight.
For Notre Dame (19-9, 6-4), it’s also nice to get a shot at redemption.
The Lady Pios dropped a 55-54 decision to North Vermilion (22-7, 7-3) at home on Jan. 19 before falling to the Lady Patriots 57-55 on the road on Feb. 5.
“We’re just ready to play. Both of our losses (to North Vermilion) came down to the final possession,” said Notre Dame Head Coach Nolan Theriot. “It came down to who had the ball at the end of the ballgame. We feel pretty confident that we can beat them.”