Both White Castle and Plaquemine High claimed key district girls’ basketball victories last week to keep their hopes alive for postseason play and league honors last week.


 

Both White Castle and Plaquemine High claimed key district girls’ basketball victories last week to keep their hopes alive for postseason play and league honors last week.

WCHS boosted its District 8-A mark to 6-1 with a victory over Ascension Christian Friday night. The Lady Bulldogs also moved over the .500 mark overall for the first time this season after a rigorous early season non-district slate. The victory moved the district-leading WCHS club to 12-11 overall.

Plaquemine High also recorded a key district win, topping Port Allen High Friday night. The win boosted the Lady Green Devils to an early 2-1 mark in District 8-3A play. PHS is the defending district champ.

Meanwhile, St. John claimed a non-district win late in the week, while East Iberville lost a heartbreaker on the road to Christian Life Friday night.

Here are the week reports:

 

WCHS 50, AC 6: The Lady Bulldogs won by a rout on their home court Friday night to boost their league mark to 6-1 and thereby kept 5-2 East Iberville and West St. John from catching up to their pace.

The WCHS girls put up quarter scoring margins of 20-2, 16-2, 9-0, and 5-2 to easily win against first-year district competitor AC.

Erin Allen and Shelby Martin scored 11 points apiece to lead the WCHS offense, while Bryanshel Gibson chipped in 5 points. Three different AC girls tallied 2 points.

 

PHS 54, PAHS 36: Plaquemine won its second-straight 8-3A game following a lopsided loss to unbeaten St. James to stay in the early hunt for 8-3A girls’ hoop honors.

The defending league champs had little trouble in turning back the hosting Lady Pelicans as they took quarter scoring margins of 16-11, 15-8, 14-11, and 9-6 to win by 18 points.

Leading the way for PHS was senior Candace Hastings. She netted a game-high 18 points, while Quinteller Georgetown and Amber Smith backed her up with 10 markers apiece. Brianna Arnold scored 9 points, while Myeisha Bell and Andrena Marshall combined for 7 more points.

PAHS fell to 3-13 overall and to 1-2 in district.

 

CLA 58, EIHS 52: The visiting Lady Tigers blew a ten-point lead by rushing too much in the second half and fell by six points to hosting Christian Life Friday night.

“Our biggest problem is lack of patience. We really showed that late in the game. We had a lead and we blew it by taking bad shots and not covering very well and allowing Christian Life some clutch outside shots. The loss cost us in the standings, but at least we have White Castle and West St. John coming to us in the second round,” noted EI Coach Demetrius Franklin.

The Lady Tigers entered the game tied for first place with WCHS and WSJHS, all with only one loss in league play. The defeat at the hands of 2-5 CLA dipped the locals to 5-2 and second place in the league standings at the end of last week. Both WCHS and WSJHS moved to 6-1 with Friday night wins.

CLA point guard Lauren Langlois bagged a pair of late-game three-point buckets to go with key free throws to ignite the victory for the hostesses. The Lady Crusaders rallied back from a 25-21 halftime deficit to win with second half margins of 20-12 and 17-15.

Senior veteran Dionickka Calloway led the EIHS offense with 19 points, but like her teammates, she ended up rushing shots in the late stages of the game. Ariel Fuller had a solid first-half and added 13 points for the Lady Tigers, while Tamisha Cummings tallied 10 points and Ja’Laycia Mills 8 points. Kirsten Oubre tallied a pair, while Kaitlyn Knight played well under the boards, but did not score.

 

SJHS 49, FCA 18: The Lady Eagles moved their season record to 5-14 Friday night with a home court victory over lower classification visitors Family Christian Academy.

St. John’s girls jumped out to a huge 20-1 advantage in the first period and coasted from there, adding a 16-4 margin in the second quarter.

Season scoring leaders Jessie Brown and Hannah Pitre scored 15 and 14 points, respectively, to lead the SJHS Eagles to the victory. Pitre hit a trio of 3-point buckets, while Brown bagged a pair.

 

WCHS 44, SJHS 38: Despite suffering losses, St. John’s girls continued to play some of their best basketball of the year in recent District 8-A games, including a 44-38 loss early last week to title-contending White Castle High.

The hosting SJHS Lady Eagles played the Lady Bulldogs almost evenly throughout the game. SJHS held a narrow 8-7 lead after one period and then the WCHS girls put together their best quarter of the game by outscoring SJHS 14-8 in the second period to take a 21-16 lead to the dressing room. In the third stanza, the Lady Eagles played the Bulldogs to an even 8-8 draw, but in the final quarter the WC girls added a point to their six-point win margin with a 15-14 advantage.

An 18-point, game-leading effort by WC’s Erin Allen proved to be the difference in the outcome, while Bryanshel Gibson helped her under the boards and added 10 more points. Shelby Martin netted 8 more for WCHS, while four other Lady Bulldogs score 2 apiece.

St. John’s Jessie Brown and Hannah Pitre, combined almost evenly for 25 of their club’s 38 points. Brown hit for a team-high 13. Kayce Hudson added 7, while Macy Williamson had 4 and Katherine D’Albor netted 2 points.

White Castle finally evened up its season record at 11-11 with the club’s third 8-A victory in four games. St. John fell to 1-4 in league play and to 4-15 overall.