PHS girls move to a dozen hoop wins, WCHS has a half-dozen on eve of league play

Tryve Brackin
LED WCHS…Bryanshel Gibson hit a team-high 9 points last week in the WC Lady Bulldogs’ 39-34 non-district victory over 5-A East Ascension High.

Plaquemine High’s girls boosted their parish-best basketball record to 12-5 last week with a 2-2 showing in the annual St. Amant tournament, while White Castle High moved to 6-4 on the hardwood with a non-district victory over 5-A East Ascension.

While PHS and WCHS were advancing their records in non-league competition last week, St. John High and East Iberville suffered early District 1-8A losses on the court.

Here is a rap up:

PHS: The Lady Green Devils claimed a pair of impressive early round tournament victories at the annual St. Amant Lady Gator Classic last week before falling in the Third Place honors game on the final night of play.

The PHS girls lost only their fifth game in 17 outings as they fell to 5-A Covington High in a competitive 51-48 battle to the wire.

The game was close from start to finish as Covington held only a two-point advantage at halftime and won by three.

PHS was led by the trio of Amber Smith, Kadijah Mims, and Brianna Arnold. Smith bagged a game-high 19 points, while Mims added 11 and Arnold 10 points.

The Class 3-A PHS girls opened the tourney with victories of 41-26 over 4-A Live Oak High and 43-17 over 3-A Northeast High. However, in the third round they lost to 5-A all-girls school St. Scholastica of Covington by a narrow 60-59 score.

“We have been playing very well as a team lately and the St. Amant tournament put us up against a strong field of teams,” commented Lady Green Devil mentor Cormanda Grace-Green, who seems to have this year’s PHS club on track to return to previous 20-victory, playoff-bound seasons.

Mims popped in a game-high 16 points in the opening tourney win over Live Oak, while Arnold chipped in 13 and Smith 10 points.

While the PHS defense dominated Northeast, Smith led the way on offense in the second outing with 14 points, while Arnold meshed in 11.

Against St. Scholastica, Mims got into a scoring battle with opponent Erica Schoen. Mims finished the close game with 23 points for PHS, while Schoen netted a game-high 27 for the Covington club. Arnold backed Mims with 13 markers.

WCHS: The hosting Lady Bulldogs pulled away from their 5-A visiting East Ascension foes in the final period with a 15-8 advantage to capture a hard-fought 39-34 non-district victory last week.

Bryanshel Gibson led the WCHS effort with 9 points, while Shylar O’Bear popped in 7 points. Tyrenee Foster netted 6 and Eric Jones 5 points in support.

SJHS: The Lady Eagles suffered a District 1-8A road loss to neighboring Ascension CHS by a 40-25 score last week.

The hosting ACHS girls slowly pulled away from SJHS after a narrow 6-5 first-quarter lead. The hosting Lady Bulldogs managed a 20-13 halftime lead and then claimed the victory with second-half quarter margins of 8-4 and 12-8.

Jessie Brown led the way for the Lady Eagles in the loss with 9 points, while Kaycie Hudson bucketed 6 and Katherine D’Albor 5 markers. Kamryn Theriot and Megan Gremillion tallied 3 apiece, while Shelbi Strickland scored a pair.

EIHS: The young Lady Tigers played one of their best games of the season as they fought District 1-8A rival West St. John to the wire in a narrow 56-52 league loss last week.

The Lady Rams had a five-point halftime lead and then a 46-38 margin after a trio of periods, but the hosting Lady Tigers (1-14 overall) fought back with a final 14-10 scoring margin in the fourth stanza to make it a game.

Jalaycia Mills led the EIHS offense with 16 points, while Kaitlyn Knight bucketed 14 and Kirstein Oubre 11 points. Ariel Fuller connected for 8 points and Chauncie LaCour added 3 points. Joan Gordon scored a game-high 29 points to lead West St. John (2-0 in district) to the victory.

A DOZEN VICTORIES…Solid play at guard by Brianna Arnold has helped Plaquemine High’s Lady Green Devils jump out to 12 early season basketball victories.