WC Bulldogs claim share of District 9- A boys’ hoop crown

Tryve Brackin

White Castle High’s Bulldogs closed out their District 9-A boys basketball slate early last week with a 7-1 mark and a share of the title with West St. John High.

Coach Ronald Johnson’s Castlemen upped their season record to 18-14 with a 62-50 victory over district rival Ascension CHS last week. The Bulldogs played 3-A Lutcher High last Friday to conclude the regular season and lost in overtime by a 90-84 score.

While the WCHS boys were getting ready for the postseason by tangling with District 9-3A runner-up and high-ranked Lutcher, the West St. John Rams were claiming a share of the league crown with a 61-58 road victory over 2-6 Ascension CHS Friday night. The 12-12 overall Rams set themselves up for a late-season run at co-champ honors by upsetting the visiting White Castle boys by a 51-50 score two weeks ago. This week they claimed their sixth and seventh league victories by downing third-place North Iberville by a 63-50 score on Tuesday before topping ACHS Friday.

A tiebreaker coin flip was held between the WSJHS Rams and the Bulldogs Saturday and White Castle won the toss and will represent the 9-A as the top team in the state playoffs.

WCHS-ACHS: The 12-point road victory over ACHS last Tuesday was sparked by a second-half effort. The WCHS boys registered quarter scoring margins of 13-8 and 17-8 to erase a 34-32 lead by the hosting Donaldsonville Catholics. WCHS held a 23-15 advantage at the end of one period, but ACHS pushed ahead by halftime with a 19-9 margin in the second stanza.

Generra Varmall paced the WCHS offensive effort with 26 points, while Ronald Martin netted 14 and Terrance Fair 11 points. Josh Daze scored 15 and Matt Pearce 11 points to lead the ACHS offense.

WCHS-LUTCHER: White Castle came very close to being the second Iberville Parish team to put a loss on Lutcher last week. After losing to Plaquemine last Tuesday the Lutcher boys found out there was another outstanding boys’ team in the parish as the White Castle boys pushed the visitors to the limit before falling in overtime by a high-scoring 90-84 count.

The uptempo game ended up a 78-78 tie at the end of regulation as WCHS rallied in the fourth stanza with a 17-14 scoring margin to knot the score. Lutcher won it in overtime with a 12-6 advantage.

WCHS senior guard Generra Varmall turned in the season’s most impressive single-player offensive showing as he poured in a whopping 43 points to keep his Bulldogs in the contest through five quarters of round ball. Varmall sank five buckets from 3-point range to help put him on the rolls of the all-time White Castle High top game scorers list.

Backing Varmall’s scoring explosion were double-figure efforts from Dontrell Thomas and Ronald Martin. Thomas netted 14 and Martin 10 markers. Darrell Haynes added 7 and Terrance Fair 6 points.

Donnie McCall led Lutcher with 25 points, while Bruce Bejolle netted 21.

The non-district overtime loss dipped White Castle to 18-15 for the season. All of the Bulldog losses this season have come against higher classification competition.

WCHS won the JV game by a 47-43 score.