NEWS

Wins by Brusly, Port Allen boost Plaquemine title hopes last night

Tryve Brackin
SHOOTING DEVIL … Plaquemine High’s Maquel Robinson goes for a shot against district foe Brusly in recent action. The Green Devils are tied for first with Lutcher in District 9-3A.

Victories by Brusly High’s girls and Port Allen’s boys boosted the hopes of District 9-3A titles for the Plaquemine High girl and boy basketball teams last night (Friday, Feb. 13).

While the two PHS teams had open dates in district play, the West Baton Rouge Parish neighbors provided huge wins over league foes to push the Green Devils clubs into first-place ties.

GIRLS REPORT: Brusly’s girls topped visiting St. Charles Catholic by a 58-53 score last night to close out 9-3A play. St. Charles’ loss put them in a final tie for first place with idle Plaquemine.

Both concluded district play with 6-2 records. PHS slipped by Port Allen Tuesday night by a 52-50 score in overtime to win its sixth district game in their league finale. The victory not only helped Iberville Parish neighbor PHS, it likely boosted 13-14 overall Brusly into the state playoffs with a second-place 5-3 record in the district.

The PHS Lady Green Devils played out of district last night and forged a 56-28 victory over Class C Family Christian. That put the PHS girls at 15-17 overall for the season. St. Charles fell to 18-12 overall with the loss to Brusly.

Coach Cormanda Grace-Green’s PHS girls were the defending district champs and now they can claim a share of the title thanks to Brusly’s victory.

PHS is led by senior veteran Brittany Brown and other twelfth graders Candace Hastings, Tyra Arnold, and Amber McCoy. First-year varsity player Brianna Arnold contributed as did second-year player Jazmine Burnstein.

BOYS: Port Allen High’s Pelicans pinned a huge loss on hosting Lutcher High last night that kicked the state’s second-ranked Plaquemine High Green Devils into a 9-3A first-place tie with third-ranked Lutcher at the beginning of this week’s final round of action.

The visiting Pels trimmed the hosts by a 54-51 score. That thrush PHS (26-4 and 5-1 in district) into a tie with Lutcher set to visit Plaquemine for a showdown at the Devils’ Den Tuesday night. Lutcher (20-8 and 6-1) suffered its first league loss. Plaquemine lost at Lutcher in their first round meeting, dipping the Green Devils into second place.

Plaquemine closes out its league slate next Friday night with a visit to St. Charles, so Coach Denny Wright’s Green Devils face a duo of  “must win” district finales this week, if they want to claim the outright title.

Coach Wright’s club is a senior-powered hoop club led by veterans Maquel Robinson, Deryl Lewis, Cody Edmond, Ryan Travis, D’Andre Stevens, Jeff Ricard, and Evan Franklin.

SHOOTING DEVIL … Plaquemine High’s Maquel Robinson goes for a shot against district foe Brusly in recent action. The Green Devils are tied for first with Lutcher in District 9-3A.