Eagles top Jeanerette in 7-2A hoop play, but cannot change D’ville hex

Tryve Brackin
EAGLE GUARDS…St. John senior guards Guy Morgan, left, and Gage Passantino, right, going seeking a key 7-2A victory tomorrow (Friday) night at Livonia High.

St. John High’s Eagles took a giant step toward District 7-2A honors early last week by turning back hosting Jeanerette High by a 59-55 score. But the joy was short lived as the locals failed yet again to crumble a two-year hex placed on them by league rival Donaldsonville High in a key match in Plaquemine Friday night.

Coach James Papillion’s Eagles moved to sole possession of the top spot in the 7-2A Tuesday of last week only to tumble into a three-way logjam for first place with D’ville and Jeanerette. Donaldsonville came to Plaquemine Friday night and nailed a 48-46 loss on the hosting Eagles, pushing the trio of league rivals into a tie of 5-2 records with this week’s action ending league competition.

Donaldsonville and Jeanerette play this week, while St. John visits dangerous 3-3 Livonia High tomorrow (Friday) night to conclude league competition.

It all boiled down to St. John not being able to beat Donaldsonville in three of the four major team sports the last two years of district competition. D’ville beat SJHS the last two years in football title showdowns and have four-straight district basketball wins over the Eagles. DHS also dominated in district track, while St. John was the champion in 7-2A baseball last spring.

Friday night the Eagles hit their home floor and lost yet again to DHS. St. John had a 26-24 lead at intermission, but the Tigers managed to shave a point off the Eagle lead by the end of the third stanza. In the final period the Tigers rallied to win the game by two with a 13-10 scoring margin.

SJHS senior scoring leader Terrell Elwood managed to tie DHS’ Antonio Turner for the game’s leading scorer honors as both players netted 20 points. From there the visiting Tigers managed two more points.

T.J. Williams backed Elwood with 10 points, while Davante Williams hit 8, Gage Passantino 5, and Guy Morgan 3 points. Quinton O’Riley gave DHS a second double-figure scorer in the game as he bagged 11 points.

Earlier in the week St. John had to battle back against the hosting Jeanerette to beat the Tigers twice in league play. The hosts led at halftime by a 28-24 score, but the Eagles forged second-half quarter margins of 13-10 and 22-17 to win the contest by four points.

The duo Elwood and T.J. Williams again led the St. John attack with double-figure scoring efforts. Elwood led all scorers with a 25-point effort, while Williams chipped in 12 points. Morgan and Passantino meshed in 8 points apiece in a solid effort, while Davante Williams and Josh Johnson tallied 2 apiece. Jeanerette had a trio of players in double figures, led by Joe Joshua with 17 markers.

JHS won the Junior Varsity game with a 31-24 victory over the traveling junior Eagles.