Parish girl basketball teams from East Iberville and White Castle High suffered a double whammy of defeats Thursday of last week in the opening round of the state Class A round ball playoffs.


Parish girl basketball teams from East Iberville and White Castle High suffered a double whammy of defeats Thursday of last week in the opening round of the state Class A round ball playoffs.

Playing at home as the District 8-A champion, East Iberville jumped out ahead of visiting Kentwood by a 13-11 score after a period of play, but the visiting Lady Kangeroos settled down and rallied back for a 50-35 victory.

In similar fashion, the third-place 8-A representatives from WCHS also took a first-quarter lead only to begin to fall off pace and eventually dropped a 75-54 contest to hosting Merryville High.

The first-round losses ended the hoop season for both the parish girls’ teams. Coach Demetrius Franklin’s EIHS Lady Tigers closed with a 15-14 overall mark, while Coach Tammy Washington-Pierce’s WCHS Lady Bulldog finished with a 15-15 mark.

While the Iberville duo lost in the first round of the postseason, District 8-A runner-up West St. John High managed to advance to the second round regional competition via a 60-47 victory over Hamilton Christian.

Plaquemine High and St. John of Plaquemine both missed on postseason berths. The PHS Lady Green Devils closed out third in the 8-3A with a much younger team than last year’s district co-championship team. PHS finished 4-4 in district and 14-17 overall and were edged out for the 32nd and final playoff berth in Class 3-A. SJHS won only a pair of district games for a distant finish in the 8-A league.

EIHS: The Lady Tigers lost their two-point lead to Kentwood in the second stanza and the visitors put together a trio of scoring margins of 13-9, 15-10, and 11-5 to win the playoff game by 15 points.

East was led by the duo of eighth-grade guard Ariel Fuller with 9 points and senior and multiple letterperson Dionickka Calloway, who netted 8 points. Solid Tiger starters Ja’Laycia Mills and Tamisha Cummings were held below their season averages by the KHS defense, as was Calloway.

Roneeka Robertson and Shanequal Miller combined, almost evenly, for 39 points to paced the Kentwood offense. KHS improved to 17-9 overall and advanced to host North Central High.

EIHS advanced to the second round last season.

WCHS: The Lady Bulldogs took a 20-16 first-quarter lead, but could not hold it. Like Kentwood did to EI, the hosting Merryville girls turned the tables on the WC girls with a 17-10 second-period advantage and second half margins of 16-12 and 26-12, winning by 21 points.

Senior guard Shelby Martin and Erica Jones led the White Castle offense with 13 points apiece. Bryanshel Gibson added 8, while Shylar O’Bear hit for 7 markers. Latisha Starks added 6 and Erin Allen 5, while Skylar O’Bear and Tyrenee Foster combined for 3 addition Bulldog points.

A trio of Merryville girls hit for solid double-figure scoring amounts. Rayne Cournoyer led the way with 23, while Kaitlyn Phillips meshed in 20 and Lindsay Branch 18.

Merryville, one of the top clubs in Class A girls’ hoops, pushed its record to an impressive 27-3. Merryville advanced to the regionals and was set to visit Arcadia High.