East St. John’s girls basketball team entered Thibodaux High’s gym with a perfect 7-0 record in District 7-5A play on Wednesday.
After a cold shooting night for Thibodaux, the Lady Cats kept their undefeated district record alive with a 48-27 win over the Lady Tigers.
East St. John (20-7 overall, 8-0 in district) never trailed in the game, taking leads of 10-4 after the first quarter, 23-11 at halftime and 35-21 at the end of the third quarter.
Thibodaux (18-9 overall, 5-3 in district) tried its best to cut into East St. John’s lead in the second half, but it just couldn’t overcome a slow start.
The Lady Tigers committed over 20 turnovers and missed many open shots under the goal on Wednesday.
The Lady Tigers played their first game with their full lineup since being involved in a fight during a game against Hahnville on Jan. 12. Many players who were involved in the fight were suspended from playing in other recent district games.
Both teams are expected to double forfeit the game.
Thibodaux coach Ashley Adams said the Lady Tigers didn’t take advantage of business on the offensive side of the ball during Wednesday’s game against district front runner East St. John.
“This was our first game back with most of our team, so it was really exciting to have everybody back,” Adams said. “I think we played really well defensively. It was just on the offensive end we didn’t have it (Wednesday) night. Being their first game back, we just had to shake the rust off a little bit. It just wasn’t falling for us offensively.”
Kayja Jackson led East St. John with 19 points, while Meah Monroe had eight points.
Destiny Batiste led Thibodaux with seven points and Shantavia Nora had five points.
Despite the loss, Adams said she is still confident in Thibodaux’s chances to do something special this season as the district portion of their season continues and the Class 5A state playoffs get closer.
“This team has been playing through a lot of adversity,” Adams said. “We are hoping that they just continue to grow together as a team, trust each other and rely on each other. We’re just going to continue to grow in every aspect as a team from here on out.”
WEDNESDAY’S BOYS BASKETBALL CAPSULES
THIBODAUX 74, EAST ST. JOHN 59
At Thibodaux, the Tigers (17-6 overall, 6-2 in district) overcame a slow start to win their third straight District 7-5A game this week.
After falling behind 11-2, Thibodaux rallied to cut East St. John’s lead to 13-12 after the first quarter.
The Wildcats extended their lead to 28-18 with 4:42 left in the second quarter, but the Tigers closed out the half on an 8-0 run to trim the deficit to 28-26 at halftime.
Thibodaux coach Tony Clark said the Tigers defensive pressure late in the second quarter gave them some momentum.
“I’m just happy with the energy that we’re playing with,” Clark said. “I think we missed some shots early, but our defense pulled us through. Davion Ayro and Tyren Young came off the bench and sparked us defensively and got us back in the game.”
The third quarter belonged to Thibodaux senior Jaquan Wagner, who scored 12 of his game-high 31 points in period to help the Tigers 49-39 lead into the fourth quarter.
Wagner, who also finished with more than 10 rebounds, five blocks and three dunks, said he was ready to turn it up for Wednesday’s game, especially after he had an off night in a 53-47 win at Destrehan on Tuesday.
“After that little run before halftime, Coach (Clark) told me before I went back on the court for the third quarter that I needed to turn it up for him a notch,” Wagner said. “I guess I just took it in stride and went with it. It’s a big win for us. It’s good to have a game like this after (Tuesday night’s) at Destrehan. I was kind of sloppy. I got in foul trouble, and I was hard on myself, so I came out (Wednesday) ready to show what I can do.”
Other leading scorers for Thibodaux were Corey Johnson (12 points), Davion Ayro (10 points) and Kobi Johnson (nine points).
Brandon Davis led East St. John (13-12 overall, 2-5 in district) with 21 points, and Javon Antonio had 13 points.
HAHNVILLE 68, TERREBONNE 52 (at Houma on Tuesday, District 7-5A game)
Statistical leaders: Terrebonne – Jahki Douglas (15 points), Daveyon Smith (15 points), Tre Johnson (11 points) and KeShawn James (seven points)
Records: Terrebonne (8-17 overall, 0-6 in district); Hahnville (18-7 overall, 4-2 in district)
GIRLS BASKETBALL CAPSULES
ZACHARY 50, ASSUMPTION 45 (at Zachary, nondistrict game)
Score by quarters: Zachary led 15-14 at the end of the first quarter, 26-20 at halftime and 33-29 at the end of the third quarter.
Statistical leaders: Assumption – Ra’von Robertson (22 points), Elaina Riviere (13 points)
Records: Zachary (19-8 overall); Assumption (9-13 overall)
URSULINE ACADEMY 63, ST. JAMES 37 (at New Orleans, District 10-3A game)
Statistical leaders: St. James – Lauryn Scott (nine points), Charity Cooper (seven points)
Records: Ursuline (18-3 overall; 3-0 in district); St. James (13-8 overall; 4-1 in district)