PHS boys runner-up in Teurlings tourney, WCHS notches consolation honors at Brusly

Tryve Brackin
TIGER SHOOTER…East Iberville High Tiger Byron Clark (11) takes a shot at the hoop as WCHS’ Jarrian Jenkins attempts to defend and Tiger teammate Darryl Ingram watches during last week’s Brusly tournament.

Parish boy basketball teams from Plaquemine High and White Castle led the way in area tournament play last week with impressive finishes against tough competition.

PHS, forced to play an overtime game, followed by a title contest in one day, finished as the runner-up in the prestigious Teurlings CHS tournament in Lafayette Saturday.

Friday night at the consistently competitive Brusly High boys’ hoop tourney, White Castle High forged a final-round, Consolation Place victory, beating 4-A Assumption. The only tourney loss for the Bulldogs was to longtime state 1-A rival Southern Lab in the opening round.

Here are reports:


Plaquemine High turned back hosting Teurlings CHS by a 34-26 score in overtime, only to have to to turn around and play Northside High for the tourney championship Saturday. Coach Denny Wright’s heavily tested Green Devils lost in the title match 50-28.

The loss to Northside ended a season-opening streak of seven-straight victories and put them at 7-1 with the start of this week’s hoop action.

Senior Jesse Ward led PHS in both of Saturday’s games with 15 in the overtime win over Teurlings CHS and 10 in the loss to Northside. Teammate Davon Godchaux also netted 10 points in the title game.

SECOND ROUND: PHS won its sixth-straight game to begin the season by downing 5-A Alexandria Senior High 72-62 in overtime in the second round of tourney action.

Ward led the Green Devil attack with a career-high 30 points.Godchaux chipped in 13 points.

FIRST ROUND: Plaquemine got off to a positive start in the tourney with a 60-22 romp over Kaplan High.

The Green Devils took a 26-13 first half lead and then exploded for a 34-9 scoring margin in the second half.

Ward paced the PHS offensive attack with 20 points, while freshman Louis Conerly added 16. Tim Choate led Kaplan with 12 points.

“Overall, we played very well for a young basketball team. Teurlings and Northside offered us the toughest challenges we have faced in the early season. Our team is playing very well, but has a long way to go. We have had more talented teams at Plaquemine in recent years, but this group does work very hard,” noted Coach Wright.


White Castle High won Consolation Game Honors last Friday in the annual Brusly High tournament by beating 4-A Assumption High 73-62.

Plaquemine High transfer student Jarrian Jenkins capped a high-scoring tourney showing with 28 points, while Terrance Fair chipped in 16 and Terrance Taylor 11 points to lead the Bulldogs to honors.

Jenkins tallied 38 points in a losing first-round effort against eventual tourney champion Southern Lab and had 22 in the Bulldogs’ second-round victory over future parish/district rival East Iberville High in the second round.

Port Allen High garnered Third Place honors via a 62-58 battle to the finish against hosting parish rival Brusly. Nicholas Parker, the tourney’s other high-scoring player, matched Jenkins’ total of 38 points to lead Port Allen to honors. Parker and Jenkins were the top two point-getters in the tourney field. PAHS beat EIHS in the first round, but lost to eventual champ Lab in the second round despite Nicholas Parker’s 31 points.

Parker is a former North Iberville High varsity player and the son of former NIHS football coach Leonard Parker Sr.

Southern Lab claimed the tourney crown by beating Madison Prep by a 62-58 score. The Kittens were led throughout the tourney by their standout veteran guard Lance Bernard, who hit in double-figures in each contest and was Lab’s playmaker.

SECOND ROUND: White Castle turned back parish and district rival East Iberville High by a 62-46 score to advance to final round competition.

Jenkins paced the WC Bulldog attack with 22 points, while DeAndre Bellock netted 11 points and Fair 10 points. The trio dominated the boards with their inside rebounding and scoring.

EI Tiger senior Richard Johnson paced his club with 17 points, while junior point guard Darryl Ingram added 10 points.

Hosting Brusly lost their second round contest, falling in overtime by a 73-68 score to Madison Prep. Darius Jackson led the hosting Panthers with a game high 26 points.

FIRST ROUND: Both WCHS and EIHS dropped first round contests in the Brusly showcase.

White Castle went up against Southern Lab in a rematch of last year’s Class 1-A state championship game, won by the Bulldogs. This time around the Lab Kittens claimed victory, taking a 76-71 win.

Lab established a lead of 36-26 in the first half and held on to win by a narrower five-point margin.

Jenkins had a career high and tied PAHS’ Parker with a single-game high of 38 points to lead the Bulldogs. Fair added a solid 16 points to the WC attack.

East Iberville played and lost to 3-A Port Allen High by a 62-57 score in their opening round game. The Tigers had a 36-31 halftime lead, but the Pelicans rallied back to win.

Jarrod Redditt paced the EIHS attack with 13, while Byron Clark added 12 and Javon’te Sherman 11 points. Nicholas Parker paced Port Allen with a game-high 28 points, which is very close to his early season game average. The Pelican guard edged out WCHS’ Jenkins in total tournament points, although both had 38-point single game efforts in the tourney.

In other first round action, Jackson led hosting Brusly to a 62-37 win over East Baton Rouge Parish Lab School with a 21-point effort, while Madison Prep beat Assumption 58-48.

“We missed some key free throws down the stretch and that hurt us against Lab. We played good ball in the other tournament games,” noted WCHS Coach Ronald Johnson.

PHS Coach Wright, who stopped by to watch White Castle and Southern Lab play after his Green Devils competed, noted: “It was a good basketball game. Those two teams are destined to meet again a top-notch Single A state arena.”


Both St. John High’s boy and girl basketball teams played and lost to hosting Hosanna Christian in final round contests Saturday. Hosanna’s boys beat SJHS 63-43 and then knocked off Phoenix High 69-63 to win their own tourney title.

Hosanna’s girls claimed their own tourney crown by topping the SJHS Lady Eagles by a 50-25 score in the title match.

The Eagle boys were led by senior duo Connor Case with 13 points and Chris Bordelon with 12 markers in their final round loss to Hosanna. SJHS junior Jessie Brown paced the Lady Eagles in their title match loss with 12 points.

Both SJHS clubs fell behind in the first half of their Saturday games.

SECOND ROUND: St. John’s Eagle boys bounced back from a first-round loss to hosting Hosanna Christian to beat Class C Jehovah-Jireh by a narrow 50-49 score.

Coach Chase Mancuso’s Eagles showed their most balanced scoring attack of the early season as the club’s four senior leaders netted double-figure efforts in the victory. Da’vante Williams, the team’s leading scorer so far this season, led the way with 14 points, while Case meshed in 11. Guard Christian Primeaux, a first-year senior hoopster, and senior center Bordelon each tallied 10 points.

FIRST ROUND: St. John High’s girls won their opening tourney game, while the Eagle boys lost in their first tourney meeting with hosting Hosanna boys.

The Eagle boys fell by a 69-52 score to Hosanna. The locals were behind by a 36-17 score at intermission.

Williams did his best to keep the Eagles in the contest as he bagged a game-high 26 points. Primeaux added 9 points.

The SJHS girls had a much better start to tourney action as they beat another 1-A club, False River Academy, by a lopsided 54-18 count. It was the second time last week the Lady Eagles played the Lady Gators and beat them soundly. They had played earlier in the week in Plaquemine (see article in this section).

The Eagles jumped out to a huge 37-7 halftime lead in the victory.

Leading the way for the Eagle girls was Kamryn Theriot with 13 points, while Shelbi Strickland added 11 points. No FRA player tallied more than 5 points in the loss.


The hosting White Castle High girls lost by a 54-30 score to 4-A Assumption High and therefore played for Third Place honors in their annual Lady Bulldog tournament.

Assumption took a 26-13 halftime lead and coasted from there to down the hosting Lady Bulldogs in early tourney play. Erica Jones led the WCHS offense with 11 points, while Skylar O’Bear added 8 markers.


Plaquemine High beat 5-A Dutchtown High by a 48-21 score. The Lady Green Devils rang up a 22-6 halftime lead and coasted from there to victory.

Kadjah Mims paced the PHS attack with 18 points, while Amber Smith tallied 15. Josie Fernandez led DHS with 12 points.


East Iberville’s Lady Tigers claimed a 53-40 victory over the hosting E.D. White High Lady Cardinals. Kaithyn Knight led the way for EIHS with a game-high 21 points, while Ariel Fuller netted 11 and Kirstein Oubre added 10 points.

JACOREY JOHNSON…and his Green Devil basketball teammates took part in the Teurlings CHS round ball tournament last week.