Tiger boy-girl round ball teams drop games to 3-A Baker

Tryve Brackin
GUARD VS. GUARD…East Iberville High guard Darryl Ingram (left) and White Castle guard Isaac O’Bear (right with ball) challenge one another during last week’s Brusly tournament meeting of the parish clubs.

Coach Doug Schultz put his Class 1-A East Iberville High Tigers to a tough test to open their regular basketball season early last week as the parish club lost by a 53-49 score to upper classification 3-A host Baker High.

Back at the EIHS gym, the Lady Tigers were hosting the Baker High girls’ basketball team, and, like the Tiger boys, the locals lost to the upper classification foes, falling 53-31 in St. Gabriel.


The local Tiger boys made a game of it in the first half as they battled back from a narrow 10-8 Baker first-quarter lead to tie the score at 22-all at intermission. The hosting Buffalos rallied in the third for a ten-point lead and again the EIHS cagers fought back, but fell short by four with a 17-11 scoring advantage in the final stanza.

Richard Johnson and Lennet Little paced the EI offense with 12 apiece, while Byron Clark and Jarrod Redditt tallied 8 apiece. Darryl Ingram meshed in 5, while Javon’te Sherman had 3 points. Bradley Fitzpatrick led Baker with 13, while Miles Hills had 12.

Baker also won the JV game, taking a 35-25 triumph.

Coach Schultz has a dozen lettermen returning from last year’s team, which lost only a pair to graduation. This season only Johnson is a senior, while nine juniors make up the bulk of the varsity squad.


The Lady Tigers had a tougher time with the Lady Buffalo visitors. Baker had one of the top 3-A girl basketball teams in the Baton Rouge metro area last year and the club pushed its early record to 3-1 this season with the 22-point victory over EIHS.

The EI girls, who posted a 2-1 record in tournament play two weeks ago to begin their season, slipped to 2-2 with the Monday evening home loss.

East played a solid first half against the visitors, battling to a 10-9 first-quarter lead and falling behind only 22-21 at halftime. But the visiting Lady Buffalos jumped ahead 14-5 and stayed hot with a final 17-4 scoring margin in the final period.

Leading the way for Coach Cormanda Grace Green’s Lady Tigers in the loss were veterans Kaitlyn Knight with 12 points, Kirstein Oubre with 8, and Ariel Fuller with 4 points. Angie Brown led Baker with a game-high 20 points