Basketball season came to an end last week as Iberville Parish’s last surviving team, the Plaquemine Green Devils, fell to 1-seeded St. Thomas More 52-53 at the end of overtime.
PHS held the lead for the majority of the game and put up 29 points to St. Thomas More’s 24 in the first half. STM closed the gap near the end of the third 37-40. PHS rallied back in the fourth to lead by eight, but the team couldn’t make their free throws.
“We controlled the game from the start, but we only play three and three-fourth quarters,” head coach Donald Johnson said. “At the end of the game, St. Thomas More made their shots and we missed our free throws.”
Coach Johnson and the team did not expect to be up by eight points over the number one seeded team in the 4A playoffs.
STM rallied back to tie the game 50-50 at the end of regulation.
A low-scoring overtime quarter followed that included just five total points scored by both teams, three for STM and two for PHS.
“Of course we’re disappointed we didn’t go all the way, but overall the season was a real success,” Johnson said. “We were young. We had only two guys that have played in a playoff game out of 15.” Those two players were seniors C.J. Young and Kirkland Jones.
“It’s been a great ride with both of my seniors,” Johnson said. Young and Jones played for Coach Johnson since their freshman year.
The team repeated their playoff performance from last season and advanced to the quarterfinals for the second straight year and won district 6-4A for the third straight season.
Keandre Randall led in scoring in the final game of the season, as he has done all year, with 15 points, followed by A.J. Riley with 14, Henry Spriggs with five and Kirkland Jones and C.J. Young each with four.
Riley led with nine rebounds, Kirkland Jones with seven, and Keandre Randall, C.J. Young and Herb Thomas each with five.
Coach Johnson and the team believe they have nowhere to go but up with their young squad. Johnson believes he has a handful of talented JV players that should find a spot on the varsity squad.
PHS finished the season 24-7 overall and 8-2 in district play.