Lady Eagles edge Dunham

St. John's Carlee Smith battles Dunham's Brea Manuel for a rebound in the second half of the Lady Eagles' 27-26 victory. 
POST SOUTH PHOTO/Peter Silas Pasqua

St. John of Plaquemine built an eight-point first quarter lead but had to fend off Dunham for a 27-26 season opening victory on Monday night at SJHS' gym.

The Lady Eagles (1-1) fell to Live Oak 40-28 on Wednesday.

"We got a lot better since the jamboree," St. John coach Chase Mancuso said. "We only had a couple of days of practice coming out of volleyball but we had a couple of good days this week and the girls are starting to understand what we are trying to do.

"It is difficult offense to try and put in three or four days but the more we get to practice and the more they get to learn the system and understand what we are trying to do the better they are going to get at it."

Jessie Brown led St. John with 10 points. Shelbi Strickland added seven, Payton Passantino six and Kamryn Theriot four.

Brea Manuel had a game-high 19 points for Dunham. Susanna Hill added five and Jaylyn Wooles had two.

"We did a great job defensively in the second half," Mancuso said. "I know they are going to stick with it and we should be getting better in the next couple of weeks with the more we put into it."

St. John led 8-2 going into the second quarter after Brown and Theriot each fed Passantino inside sandwiching Theriot's bank and dish to Strickland off a steal.

Manuel's 3-pointer from the top of the key put Dunham ahead 11-10 at halftime after another opened the second quarter before Theriot's 18-footer and Hill's trey.

Strickland's baseline jumper cut it to 20-19 going into the fourth quarter following Manuel's 3-pointer from the right wing after Passantino's dish to Brown off a steal and Theriot's baseline bank.

Brown's trey from near the top of the key from Jayme Rivet put St. John ahead to open the fourth quarter but Manuel answered. Brown added another 3-pointer from Theriot to prove the difference when Wooles' jumper reflected the final tally.

The Lady Eagles began play in a tournament at Parkview Baptist on Wednesday.