Lady Eagles get Plaquemine hoop victories rolling early last week

Tryve Brackin
DRAWS A CROWD…St. John returning shot-maker Jessie Brown (25) draws a crowd from False River Academy defenders as she dribbles the ball toward the goal in last week’s 46-22 Lady Eagle win.

St. John High’s Lady Eagle basketball team was the first prep club in Plaquemine to play a regular season home contest early last week and the Class 1-A girls made it a good one…a 46-22 rout of visiting False River Academy.

While the SJHS boys as well as the Plaquemine High boys and girls all opened the regular season the road last week and tournaments being held elsewhere, the Lady Eagles garnered the opening local round ball event in the city Monday of last week and showed they could well be an improved ball club.

St. John’s girls controlled the entire hoop game, taking quarter advantages, in order, by scores of 15-8, 12-2, 11-5, and 8-7 as they rolled to an impressive 24-point victory.

Coach Vincent Argrave has a young team as far as age, but not in varsity cager experience as several starters returned to their recently refurbished gym last week. Leading the way to victory was third-year veteran junior Jessie Brown with 18 points, while experienced junior Kaycee Hudson backed her with 12 points. Another junior Kamryn Theriot popped in 7 points, including 3-point bucket. Brown drilled home a trio of 3-pointers. Meanwhile Shelbi Strickland added 5 points and another returning veteran Jessica Lee netted a pair.

SJHS moved to 1-0, while FRA slipped to 0-2. The False River JV team won, however, taking a 16-12 victory.