PHS notches tourney honors, while WC, EI rack up wins
Plaquemine High beat 3-A West Feliciana High 44-28 to take Third Place honors in the long-running Baker High Wedge Kyes Boys’ Basketball Tournament Saturday, while White Castle and East Iberville High continued recent wins streaks with late week hoop victories.
PHS AT WEDGE KYES:
All-Tourney pick Davon Godchaux joined with senior Jesse Ward in leading the PHS Green Devils to a 44-28 Third Place tourney victory over WFHS Saturday.
“I thought we both had the best two teams in the tournament, but we ended up losing close games in the second round that could have gone either way,” noted PHS mentor Denny Wright.
Godchaux paced the PHS offense with 15 points, while Ward added 11. “They both played very well in the tournament, but so did the rest of our regular group. Demetrius Franklin, Joshua Randall, and Warren Jordan did some things key to our two victories as did Jacorey Johnson and Deondre Philson. Philson missed the Saturday game due to playing in the Red Stick football bowl game,” commented Wright.
The victory over WFHS Saturday boosted the Green Devils to a parish best record of 12-2.
Second Round: The Green Devils suffered only their second loss of the regular season at the hands of 5-A McKinley High, falling 48-42.
“We missed a shot that could have giving us another two points tagged on to our lead, but it did not fall. From there they got some calls go their way and we couldn’t put it away,” explained the PHS coach.
Wright said Ward and Godchaux both had 15 points in the loss.
“Godchaux had a good tournament under the goal. He took a beating from others’ defenses, but he held his own,” noted Wright.
First Round: PHS tourney opened the Baker tourney with a 50-33 victory over J. S. Clark High.
PHS took a 21-12 lead by intermission and played a bit more up tempo in the second half, garnering a 29-21 advantage to win by 17.
Ward and Godchaux combined for a productive offensive showing for PHS with 39 of their team’s 50 points. Ward netted 20 and Godchaux 19.
WCHS 75, ELLENDER 67: The Bulldogs forged an impressive road victory over 4-A traditional hoop power Ellender last Thursday to boost their season mark to 7-3.
“We play a tough pre-district schedule every year. I believe in it. It is the only way to prepare your team for district and state playoff competition,” noted veteran mentor Ronald Johnson, whose club last year won a state crown for the fifth time in school history.
Thus far in the non-district early season White Castle has played the likes of 5-A McKinley, 4-A Assumption, 4-A Plaquemine, 2-A Donaldsonville, and now 4-A Ellender. The Bulldogs also expect tough competition in the upcoming Plaquemine High Holiday Classic.
The Bulldogs took an 18-12 lead after the first period in Ellender, but fell to only a four-point lead at intermission. They rallied back strong in the second half with margins of 15-12 and 25-24 to win by eight points.
Jarrian Jenkins continued to be an offensive spark for his team as he hit for a team-high 23 points. Terrance Fair and Isaac O’Bear provided strong backup with 17 points apiece. Greg Talbot of Ellender led all scorers with 26 points.
EAST IBERVILLE 72, JEHOVAH JIREH 60: The Tigers continued to streak on the round ball court as they captured their sixth-straight victory and moved their season mark to 6-3 with a 12-point road win in Baton Rouge against hosting Class C Jehovah Jireh.
East rallied back from an 18-15 first-quarter deficit with a 21-15 advantage in the second period and then coasted the rest of the way with a 36-27 scoring margin in the second half.
Leading the way with a sudden career-best scoring effort was junior Frank Broussard, who bombed the nets for 30 points. He zeroed in from the outside, bagging seven buckets from 3-point range, the best outside shooting effort from a parish player thus far this season.
Backing Broussard’s amazing showing was Jarrod Redditt with 11 points and Darryl Ingram and Richard Johnson with 9 apiece. Byron Clark added 5, while Junius Chong, Anthony Sanchez, and Tyler James combined for 8 points coming off the bench.