WCHS notches pair of girl hoop victories, NIHS maintains winning record

Tryve Brackin
Plaquemine High’s Brittany Brown, left, leds her Lady Green Devils into a tough District 9-3A round ball race in upcoming days, while East Iberville’s Claudia Tasker, middle left, White Castle’s Shelby Martin, middle right, and North Iberville’s D’ellionne Davenport, right, go head-to-head in the nearing District 9-A hoop battles.

White Castle High’s Lady Bulldogs claimed back-to-back victories in recent days over Plaquemine’s two girl prep teams, while North Iberville High maintained a winning overall record with a road victory over upper classification Clinton High last week.

WCHS-PLAQUEMINE: The WCHS girls upped their season mark to 6-5 last week by eking out a narrow 48-47 victory over upper classification host Plaquemine High last Friday.

The win came on the heels of an early week victory over St. John High of Plaquemine, which evened up the WCHS mark at 5-5.

The hosting Lady Green Devils managed a 26-23 lead by halftime of the parish girls’ contest, but the White Castle ladies rallied for a 14-7 scoring advantage in the third quarter to take a solid lead. Plaquemine, however, refused to give in and battled back to within one in the final stanza with a 12-8 scoring margin.

A young PHS club fell to 6-13 for the season with the defeat.

Bryanshel Gibson scored a season-high 20 points to lead the WCHS offensive attack. Her sister, Ronquel Gibson, netted 17 points as the duo tallied 37 of their team’s 48 points in the victory.

Adding two points apiece were Meeker Melancon, Erin Allen, Shelby Martin, and Tyrenee Foster.

Plaquemine’s senior duo of Brittany Brown and Candace Hastings tallied 11 points apiece to lead the Lady Green Devils’ offense. Tiara Arnold added 8 points, while Jazmine Burnstein tallied 7. Brianna Arnold scored 5 and Amber McCoy 4 points.

PHS won  the Junior Varsity game by a 22-14 score.

WCHS-SJHS: The Lady Bulldogs rolled up quarter scoring margins of 15-6, 18-5, 14-2, and 6-1 to take the easy 53-14 road win in Plaquemine early last week.

The Gibson sisters, Ronquel and Bryanshel, led the way for the WCHS offensive attack with 13 and 12 points, respectively. Martin netted 9 points, while Laura Starks added 6. Melancon and Allen tallied 4 apiece, while Simone Beauvais and Angela Brown each scored 2 points. Foster added a single point to the WC attack.

Hannah Pitre and Brandi Miller scored all of St. John High’s points. Pitre popped in 11 and Miller added 3 points.

NIHS: The Lady Bears claimed a lopsided 51-16 road victory over hosting 2-A Clinton High last Friday to maintain a winning overall record for the season.

NIHS rolled up huge quarter margins of 19-2, 20-5, and 9-6 before sending in the reserves in the final period.

Shannon West led the way for North with a game-high 18 points, while Kajah Mims added 13 points. Niketra Beraud and Tamakica Dorsey popped in 8 points apiece.

The victory boosted the NIHS girls to a solid 11-6 record. Earlier during the holiday period, the Lady Bears took part in a girls’ tournament at Beau Chene High. They played a trio of 5-A schools as well as Northwest High and finished with a 2-2 record in the 16-team tournament.

EIHS: The Lady Tigers made a road trip early last week to Baker High and found the Lady Buffalos to be a tough opponent. East Iberville fell by a 58-33 score, falling behind over the first three quarters by margins of 15-7, 17-8, and 16-6.

The Lady Tigers garnered a combined 18 points from veterans Dionickka Calloway and Claudia Tasker to spark their offense.

BRUSLY: Shantrell Pierson poured in 35 points to lead the Lady Panthers to their 68-61 overtime victory over upper classification hostesses Lee High early last week.

Later in the holiday week, the Lady Panthers lost by a 55-42 score to hosting former district rival 3-A West Feliciana High and then by a 55-38 score to 5-A Woodlawn High. The 3-A Brusly girls were led on offense by Chris Robinson with 16 points in the loss to West Feliciana. Pierson was held to only 6 points against WFHS, but she came back to score 22 to lead the Brusly girls in their loss to Woodlawn.

The three contests put the District 9-3A Lady Panthers at 7-9 overall as they opened play this week.