White Castle pulls away from Bulldogs to maintain 8-1A lead

PETER SILAS PASQUA ppasqua@postsouth.com
White Castle's Swayne Edwards drives in between Ascension Catholic's Delmond Landry and Cleveland Fefie in the Bulldogs' 73-55 District 8-1A victory on Friday night. 
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WHITE CASTLE - White Castle High School closed out the third quarter with a flurry before pulling away from Ascension Catholic in a 73-55 District 8-1A victory on Friday night at WCHS' gym.

The Bulldogs (15-11, 9-0), under coach Troy Green, also defeated West St. John 67-39 on Tuesday to remain undefeated in league play after dropping East Iberville 50-44 in a makeup game Wednesday. White Castle closes out the regular season at East Iberville Friday.

"Right now, we are where we want to be, but we also know there is work to be done to attain our goal," Green said. "It is a pretty tough district and we are excited to be undefeated but there are three seasons and we are most concerned about the one after this one.

"Ascension Catholic has won some games and we had a dogfight earlier so by no means was this a pushover and we understood that. They gave us their best shot but we just had to settle down and play some defense."

Swayne Edward led the Bulldogs with 15 points. Ja'Tyre Carter added 14, Tyidous Lang and Moses Young each 12, Samson Westley 10, JaCorey Washington six and Harold Zachary four.

Delmond Landry led Ascension Catholic (13-13, 5-3) with 16 points. Cleveland Fefie added 13 including four 3-pointers, while Tandym Wells had 10, Kaleb Winchester nine, Gilbert Allen four, Jacoby Stewart two and Kaleb Phillips one.

Edwards' layup off a backcourt steal just before the buzzer put White Castle ahead 55-47 going into the fourth quarter after he drove lane. Landry had answered Westley's 3-pointer from the left wing with a three-point play.

Landry cut the deficit to 43-42 with an inside bucket but Edwards pulled up in transition and Lang's 3-point play had White Castle ahead 48-44 following Wells' baseline jumper.

Westley's floater across the lane gave the Bulldogs their biggest lead 69-48 after White Castle opened the fourth quarter on a 14-1 run kickstarted by Young inside and in transition.

Landry added another 3-point play but Carter backed him down one on one before Allen's putback reflected the final tally.

Ascension Catholic built a 22-15 lead going into the second quarter behind three 3-pointers from Fefie. Lang's trey from the left corner opened the contest before Fefie sandwiched a pair around Young's reverse.

Fefie's third 3-pointer of the frame put Ascension Catholic ahead 14-7 but Lang quickly answered from the left wing. Wells jumper pushed the lead to 20-10 before Carter's 3-point play and putback.

Washington's jumper put White Castle ahead for good 31-30 in the second quarter. Carter converted three putbacks and Edwards nailed a 3-pointer from the left wing to trim the deficit.

Allen's putback cut White Castle's lead to 36-35 at halftime after Orthello Batiste fed Zachary off a steal to give the Bulldogs a five-point lead.

White Castle led 17-8 going into the second quarter against West St. John and 34-20 at the half before taking a 50-28 lead into the fourth.

Carter led the Bulldogs with 22 points. Young added 14, Westley, Robert Franklin and Josh Mitchell each five, Zachary and Washington four, Edwards and Batiste three and Lang and Chris Green each two. Edwards, Westley, Franklin and Mitchell each had one 3-pointer.

Morell bartholomew led West St. John (9-11, 5-4) with 14 points. Derrick Taylor added eight, Quan Scott seven and Jemonie Green four.

White Castle is currently No. 12 in unofficial power ratings released by the LHSAA on Tuesday.