The Warren Easton girls’ basketball team beat Ursuline 72-33 to capture the championship of the St. Charles Shootout, while Destrehan went 2-2 during the event and Hahnville finished 1-2.
Both Destrehan and Hahnville hosted the yearly tournament.
The Destrehan Lady Wildcats were impressive at times during the tourney, opening the event with a 29-26 win over Ellender. Destrehan was paced by Bailee Lipps, who finished with 12 points, and Kayla Smothers, who added six.
Destrehan avenged a loss suffered a day before to Ellender.
"I think we played better against Ellender Wednesday than we had on Monday night, but I didn’t feel we played up to our full potential, which was evident when we were beat by Dominican," Destrehan head coach Angela Butler said.
Despite 17 points from Jordan Dabney, the Lady Wildcats fell to Dominican 41-30 in their second game of the tournament.
"Dominican was a good fundamental team, but I feel that we could have beaten them had we just stepped up and played better defense," Butler said.
Along with Dabney’s 17 points, the Lady Wildcats got six points from Jasmine Morris.
Destrehan faced another tough test in their next game against Helen Cox. The Lady Wildcats hung tough in the first three quarters and only trailed 43-37 heading into the fourth quarter. However, Cox outscored Destrehan 17-1 in the final period for a 64-40 win.
Dabney led her squad with 19 points in the game.
"On Friday I talked to the girls about how talented Helen Cox’s team was and how we really had to come together as a team and tighten up our defense in order to have a chance to be competitive and possibly pull off a win," Butler said. "I felt like the girls played very well considering the point spread in the first three quarters, but they just ran out of steam in the fourth."
After the defeat, the Lady Wildcats played one of their best games of the tournament in their final match up against Thibodaux, pulling off a 47-41 win.
Dabney again led Destrehan with 14 points, while Smothers chipped in with 12 points.
"Overall, I was pleased with our game play during the tournament, but still realize we have a lot of things to work on to win district, which is our team goal this season," Butler said.
Butler added that she would like to see some improvement on defense from her squad.
"We need to communicate more on the court and tighten up on our press in order to get the turnovers we work so hard to cause," she said. "I also feel like we need to increase our speed as a whole. We are not fast when getting back on defense and I’d like to see our overall speed increase altogether to help us be more competitive on the floor."
While Destrehan was competitive throughout the event, Hahnville struggled due to inexperience. Lady Tiger head coach Kevin Robicheaux has had to replace seven seniors and is starting four new players this season.
Hahnville lost to John Curtis, 43-22, to begin the tournament. Christa Shelton led the Lady Tigers with six points while Ru’Yana Bossier added five points.
In game two, Hahnville picked up their first win of the tourney by knocking off Xavier Prep, 53-39. Janet Marshall finished with 14 points to pace the Lady Tigers to victory while Danashia Lebeauf added 12 points.
In their final game, Hahnville suffered a 58-26 loss to Ellender. Akira Zeringue led the Lady Tigers with 10 points, while Marshall and Shelton both finished with six points.
"Our basketball team is inexperienced," Robicheaux said. "One game we looked really good and the next game we looked really bad. We talked about being more consistent each and every game, but you can clearly see that we are a young team."
Robicheaux said that his squad needs to do a better job of minimizing turnovers if they hope to be successful in the future.
"We turned the ball over a lot. It may be a lack of fundamentals, but we need to make the other team work for their points and not give up easy layups off of turnovers," he said.
Robicheaux’s squad will play in two more tournaments in the coming weeks, which can be difficult.
"It’s important to play in the tournaments but at the same time it hurts us," Robicheaux said. "We haven’t done too well in tournaments because you go straight into them without getting into a rhythm where you practice and then play. Hopefully when we get into a district rhythm, where you practice and then have a game, we will do better."
|Destrehan went 2-2 during the St. Charles Shootout, while Hahnville beat Xavier Prep but lost to John Curtis and Ellender.|