White Castle holds off Eagles’ rally to stay atop District 8-1A

PETER SILAS PASQUA ppasqua@postsouth.com
White Castle’s Harold Zachary attempts a reverse against St. John’s Princeton Young in the first quarter of the Bulldogs’ 55-49 District 8-1A victory on Tuesday night. 
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PLAQUEMINE - White Castle High School led by as many as 17 points in the fourth quarter but had to fend off St. John down the stretch to hold onto a 55-49 District 8-1A victory on Tuesday night at SJHS’ gym.

The Bulldogs (12-11, 6-0), under coach Troy Green, sit alone in first-place in league standings. White Castle also defeated West St. John 46-36 on Saturday and hosts Ascension Catholic Friday and the Rams Tuesday.

St. John (10-14, 0-6), under coach Antonio Broadway, fell to Ascension Catholic 65-58 on Thursday. The Eagles travel to West St. John Friday and East Iberville Tuesday.

Tyidous Lang led the Bulldogs with 10 points. Ja’Tyre Carter added nine, Samson Westley eight, Swayne Edwards, JaCorey Washington and Orthello Batiste each six and Moses Young, Byron Pierre, Harold Zachary and Chris Green each two.

Willie Williams had a game-high 19 points for St. John. Hayden Hemenway added 14, Princeton Young six, Gavin Primeaux four, Collin Crockett three, Bailey Whittington two and Tyler St. Germain one.

Williams’ layup off a steal with 11.2 seconds remaining cut the deficit to 53-49 but the Eagles were forced to foul three times before they could stop the clock and put White Castle on the free throw line.

It marked a furious comeback by the Eagles which trailed 48-31 on Batiste’s jumper. Young’s side-step 3-pointer from near the top of the key cut the deficit to 12 before Hemenway converted in transition and Williams drove lane.

White Castle jumped out to a quick 10-0 lead in the first quarter that included Edwards’ layup off a steal and up and under to go with Lang’s baseline jumper and Westley’s transition basket.

Hemenway’s inside bucket cut it to 16-6 going into the second quarter following a pair of putbacks by Carter.

Washington’s layup off a steal pushed the Bulldogs’ lead to 26-10. Zachary’s bank shot gave White Castle a 31-18 halftime lead following Lang’s 3-pointer from the right wing and Crockett’s 3-point play off a putback.

Westley’s step up jumper and putback put White Castle ahead 37-22 in the third quarter after Edwards fed him with a cross-court pass.

Williams then sandwiched a pair of 3-pointers near the top of the key around Lang’s from the right corner. Hemenway connected on three free throws after another jumper from Lang to cut the deficit to 42-31 going into the fourth quarter.

White Castle led 15-9 going into the second quarter against West St. John and 24-20 at the half before taking a 33-23 lead into the fourth.

Westley led the Bulldogs with 14 points. Young added 13, Carter six, Edwards four, Washington three and Lang, Zachary and Pierre each two.

Jordan Hamilton had 12 for the Rams. Jimmy Conner added eight and Quan Scott and Morell Bartholemew each had six.

St. John led Ascension Catholic 14-12 heading into the second quarter before Ascension Catholic led 28-25 at the half and 42-38 going into the fourth.

Williams finished with 20 points and Young added 19.

Delmond Landry had 19 for Ascension Catholic and Gilbert Allen added 16.